When passing through, we relied on that website provided by DeepFrz, specifically Seaway System - Recreational Boating
as well as Ports
- Lake Ontario
& St Lawrence. Also coming up to the lock and asking over VHF
worked very well
In general it was an awesome experience (if slightly scary) - 246' of water
Lock setup: have lines ready - some provide them, others (smaller ones) don't. We were VERY happy we made some fender
boards before starting the trip. Boat hooks are of help too. They are very strict on wearing the PFDs. At least 2 people on board would be handy, though they might jump in to help if needed (Canadian locks, if memory serves right).
When we were passing through, some locks were scheduled, but it worked well for us to hail them over VHF
and ask for the time of the next opening. Generally we got through faster than scheduled (just be nice over VHF
One word of caution: don't rely too much on their time estimates on waiting before you can pass through. It's very likely it'll be much shorter. Even when the lock keepers tell you "be ready in 1.5 hours", try to be ready at a moment's notice. We would dock
at the temporary docks, and just as I would put something on the stove and my other half would start some engine maintenance
: "Wind Whisper, can you be here in 3 or 5 min? Otherwise you'll have to wait another 3 hours."... They did it to us in 4 locks.
For cruising St Lawrence and Quebec
: if you can get your hands on St Lawrence River and Quebec Waterways (Cruising Guide St. Lawrence River & Quebec Waterways - 2nd Ed.
), it's a very good guide. It published in English
and French in alternative years. Saguenay River is a must.
Also, if you can get there in time, suggest to stop in Quebec City marina for Quebec National Holiday - amazing entertainment for 2 days right next to your boat!
It's a fun trip!