We arrived in Kingston, ON right around noon and got tied up at the city marina, then went through the Customs drill which I was needlessly fretting about. Right at the pier there's a pay phone and you just call an 800 number. They ask you a bunch of name, rank, and serial number info about the boat and passengers, whether you have any guns, tobacco, or booze with you, and that's about it. They give you a report number and off you go.
When you first come into a foreign port, you fly a yellow quarantine flag until you clear customs, then raise a courtesy flag of the country you are visiting. Notice anything wrong in this picture?
|Oops, Sorry Canada|
Here are a few pictures from where we are tied up.
|Royal Military College|
|Kingston City Hall|
|Shoal Tower Surrounded by Water|
|Harbor Light and Wind Farm of Wolfe Island|
|Rainbow over Royal Military College|
We are staying in Kingston for a couple of days and I started looking ahead on the chart plotter to scope out the Rideau Canal, and what a surprise I found. For those not familiar with marine chart plotters, it's basically a real-life Marauder's Map showing a map, your location and heading, and all the other boats around you. In the US all the charts are available for free, but you need to buy the Canadian charts, so I did. It cost $300 which I though was a pretty handsome price, but you gotta have them.
Well, they turn out to be the magic, disappearing charts. When you are zoomed out you can see the narrow, 5' deep Rideau Canal, but as soon as you zoom in, the chart vanishes. Yikes, that's a problem when trying to navigate 20 miles of narrow, shallow canal. The manufacturer was able to reproduce the problem, but no solution is available so it looks like I'll need to buy yet another set of charts from a different vendor. I'm sure glad I found this in advance rather than while underway as the boat passes into the invisible zone.