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Sunday, July 10, 2011

Kingston, ON - we are finally in Canada!

Our cruise from Clayton, NY to Kingston, ON was really pleasant. We cruised with Kate and Greg on Grianan and it was one of those days you pinch yourself and wonder how you ever got so lucky! What a pleasure!
The Wolfe Creek Cut allowed us to cruise between two islands to Kingston.

Windmills provide much of the power for the region.

Ferries cruise through the 1000 Islands. Many of the islands are uninhabited, but others are farmed or developed for homes.

Grianan cruising to Kingston.

But the pleasure subsided when we arrived in Kingston, ON at the Confederation Basin, which is a Municipally owned Marina. The procedure for reservations requires a form completed, scanned and emailed - or faxed.  We don't  have a scanner or a fax, so we could not make reservations, but we were assured they would find us a spot. Busy, busy! After waiting for 2 hours tied to a wall, we were admitted and began our tour of the City.

The Trolley ride around Kingston drove by beautiful historic homes, Fort Frontenac and other Kingston sites.

Taste of Kingston provided food from local restaurants as well as other forms of entertainment. This was an inflatable wrestling ring. Men were wrestling for a fancy plastic belt.

City Hall in early morning.
Wine, beer and spirits are only sold in the government controlled stores.

Jim and Greg enjoyed the antique show.

We visited the Maritime Museum and the Coast Guard Buoy Tender on site.
Jim caught me in the act - with my iPhone.

CORK was in Kingston while we were there. Small, one-design sailboats compete in front of the city and in this case Fort Frontenac.

Racing sailboats in front of City Hall.
More CORK racing this time with spinnakers open.

There are four of these towers that protect the City and the Fort.

Fort Henry

Fabulous city! The Marina is located in central Kingston with the City Hall building from 1834 in view from the boat. Taste of Kingston was on when we arrived and we feasted on food from local restaurants. Seemed like there was a great looking restaurant on every corner and we enjoyed more than one. We enjoyed a Farmers Market, Antique Market and concert during the two days we were there.

We ran into friends from Muddy Waters and Daria once again sought out her pals, Boo and Buddy. Jennifer explained the sights as they had been in Kingston for a few days and were headed on to the Trent Severn in a few hours. Always good to get the advice of another Looper!

Daria and Buddy are dancing to the music from Taste of Kingston. Jennifer is explaining something important!

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