Anchored in Kingston

Monday, July 1, 2013

We left Waupoos on a very windy, miserable morning. The wind was right on our nose all the way to Kingston so it meant motoring for us. The winds were 20 knots, gusting to 40 knots and the waves were 1 to 1 ½ metres high.

Guinevere handled it all very well and, although it was a long 8 hour ride, we had a good 27 nautical mile trip.

When we got to Kingston, we expected to anchor at Deadman`s Cove, right across from the most westerly of the Thousand Islands, Cedar Island.

Before we reached Deadman`s Cove, however, we saw a deep bay called Navy Bay with high cliffs that would protect us from the wind. It was suggested as an anchorage in our Ports book so we charged in. There were already about 6 other boats anchored there so we figured it was a good stop.

This bay sits between the beautiful historical Royal Military College on the west side and Fort Henry on the east. We were anchored in a very noteworthy spot and it felt like a special anchorage.

Navy Bay with Fort Henry on the east side

Navy Bay with Fort Henry on the east side

We anchored right next to one of the iconic cathcart towers.

We anchored right next to one of the iconic cathcart towers.

On the western shore lay the campus of the Royal Military College.

On the western shore lay the campus of the Royal Military College.

Later in the evening we could hear people gathered on the hills at Fort Henry and live music was playing. We just figured that it was some little Canada Day celebration going on.

At about 9:45 p.m. we started getting ready for bed when we heard a very loud bang outside. We looked out and we were right across from the barge that was letting off Kingston’s Canada Day fireworks! What a show! No wonder people were gathered in the area and there were so many boats in the bay.

Surprise fireworks in Kingston at Navy Bay

Surprise fireworks in Kingston at Navy Bay

Tuesday, July 2, 2013
By late the next morning all the other boats had left the bay.

Here we are, alone in the bay.

Here we are, alone in the bay.

We took our dinghy to town and tied up at the city marina. There were no attendants at the dock so we left the dinghy and went to do some wandering and shopping.

Kingston has a great downtown. There was a farmer`s market open in the city hall square and a 5 piece orchestra was playing in the park.

The orchestra was playing in the park next to where we docked our dinghy.

The orchestra was playing in the park next to where we docked our dinghy.

We walked a lot. We bought veggies at the market and other groceries at the supermarkets. We stopped at a beautiful little art gallery and I got a watercolour journal at the Wallack`s art supply store. We also went for coffee at a place we`ve frequented since the fall when we first came to Kingston for boat shopping, The Common Market. Rick loves the scones there and it is a treat to experience this very old place from the 1800`s on Ontario Street.

The Common Market

The Common Market

After our city experience, we dropped the groceries off at the sailboat and took the dinghy over to check out Deadman`s Cove and Cedar Island. We were surprised at how close to the city one could find areas of such beautiful, remote nature. This is another appealing aspect of Kingston.

We got a close-up view of a cathcart tower on Cedar Island.

We got a close-up view of a cathcart tower on Cedar Island.

Outside Fort Henry, on the water side.

Outside Fort Henry, on the water side.

At night we walked up the hill next to where we were anchored and we had Fort Henry almost all to ourselves.

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Fort Henry

Fort Henry

Fort Henry, almost deserted

Fort Henry, almost deserted

Guinevere, as seen from up the hill at Fort Henry.

Guinevere, as seen from up the hill at Fort Henry.

View of the city side of Kingston

View of the city side of Kingston

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4 Responses to Anchored in Kingston

  1. Tracey Lillis says:

    What a great trip Mich and Rick….it sounds like hard work but so enjoyable. Keep the posts up. we are off to Steveenson- a fishing port and boardwalk near Richmond BC to scout it out (apparently you can buy crab and assorted fish from the docks right from the fishermen) and sure there will be some interesting boats and views to share….will try to remember my camera!
    Trace

    • Hi Trace. I looked up Steveston online. Sounds beautiful. I’m sure there will be photo ops galore. Great place to get FRESH fish, too. Are you checking it out as a possible place to settle? Temporary? Future? Or just a nice place for a weekend visit? Take care.

      Sent from my iPhone

  2. carol anne winters says:

    Mich & Rick What an experience!!! Enjoying your posts! The cathcart tower facinates me as having been along the coast by car
    with my Mother. After my father died I tried to spend as much time as I could with Mother. So we
    would motor along as far as we could before returning to Ajax. Take care of each other stay safe!!! Love Carol

    with my Mother as she lived in Ajax.

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