Set off on a pretty sunlit day down what is now more tree-lined canal than river. The 1st bridge was only 2.5nm away and given no info we set off only to find that the bridge operator wouldn’t respond. However through the magic of AIS we knew a ship was coming in 30 mins. When the ship was in sight the bridge opened and we went through.
It was just under 5 nm to the next lock and the ship did not overtake us although at the lock we had to give way to the ship and wait for it to be locked through. Delayed us about 1.5 hrs. By the time we did get access to the lock a CDN Coast Guard cutter joined us and kept the order to the next lock. We behaved ourselves!! The next lock, Lambert, was our last lock on the St Lawrence.
Clearing it we had to sail under the old and new Champlain bridges.
We then turned west at the end of le Sainte Helene (remember Expo 7?). Although it was only 1.3 nm to the Montreal Yacht Club it took us about an hour as we were headed into a 5.6 knot current. A long painful segment just creeping along.
The yacht club was very nice with good facilities plus all motor boats cause who would have a sailboat there with that current?? A wonderful dinner at the Õréa restaurant in old Montréal just a short walk from the yacht club. All-in-all a tiring day even though we didn’t do much more than 20 nm. But when it ends in a good port and good dinner it becomes all good.