Beaurivage Anchorage and the Town of Gananoque

Thursday, July 4, 2013 to Monday, July 8, 2013

Thursday, July 4
Still Anchored

This morning we spent time cleaning, tidying, and organizing the boat. Rick worked outside while I got the inside done.

In the afternoon we took a hike at the Beaurivage Island then tooted around some more to get a closer look at some of the many islands around our anchorage.

One view from our boat at our anchorage.

The view from our boat at our anchorage.

We’ve both taken some time to read and I’ve caught up on some journaling.
Life is grand!

Friday, July 5, 2013
Two Trips to Gananoque in One Day

This morning we needed a pump out so we took the sailboat to the Gananoque Municipal Marina which is about two nautical miles from our anchorage.

By the way, I’m getting a little more relaxed about helping to dock and anchor the boat now that I’ve had more experience. Slowly but surely I’m becoming a better second mate.

Gananoque has a policy of allowing boaters to dock at a public dock for three hours at a time so they can get errands done in town. Of course, this means spending money in their businesses so it benefits everybody. Makes sense to me.

Anyway, we wanted to explore the town and run a few errands but we didn’t want to lose our spot near Beaurivage so we took Guinevere back to the anchorage and returned to Gananoque in the dinghy.

We spent our time playing the tourists and doing lots of errands by foot. We needed a few things at the Canadian Tire which is about 2 miles from the marina so we got some good exercise.

Here I am in front of the gift shop that carries only handcrafted items.

Here I am in front of the gift shop that carries only handcrafted items.

The owner/fimo artist at the gift shop.  We bought a couple of her small pieces of art for gifts.

The owner/fimo artist at the gift shop. We bought a couple of her small pieces of art for gifts.

We spent some enjoyable time in used book stores.

We spent some enjoyable time in used book stores.

We really liked the Stonewater cafe.  It is also a pub and a bed and breakfast.

We really liked the Stonewater cafe. It is also a pub and a bed and breakfast.

Gananoque has a lot of very old, historic buildings. It’s charming in a lot of ways that these small towns always seem to be.

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The Kayak shop does a good business renting kayaks.

The Kayak shop does a good business renting kayaks.

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Town Clock Tower

Town Clock Tower

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There is a lot of hustle and bustle down near the marinas and the excursion boat docks but there is an air of slow paced tranquility away from the water.

Saturday and Sunday, the 6th and 7th
Still Here!

The anchorage is so beautiful and we didn’t want to move on this American holiday weekend for fear that other anchorages would be too crowded for us that we decided to stay put for the weekend.

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We had the best of both worlds with our secluded anchorage and a little town with all the amenities just a half an hour dinghy ride away. We came to town to do laundry, buy groceries, and even walked all the way to Canadian Tire with our propane tank on a pull cart for a refill.

We were quite the sight with our propane tank on a cart and bags full of groceries.

We were quite the sight with our propane tank on a cart and bags full of groceries.


We spent time at the boat listening to music, reading, swimming, cooking, and just plain relaxing.

The Thousand Island excursion boats came very close to our anchorage and close to our dinghy and sailboat when we were on the water.  It's important to keep an eye out for their approach.  They actually were never a nuisance, rather interesting to watch.

The Thousand Island excursion boats came very close to our anchorage and close to our dinghy and sailboat when we were on the water. It’s important to keep an eye out for their approach. They actually were never a nuisance, rather interesting to watch.

On Sunday night our friends from Collins Bay, Suzanne and Herve, showed up at our anchorage spot and came over for a little visit. We made plans to go together to another of the Thousand Island anchorages, Endymion Island, on Monday.

Suzanne and Herve's boat, Grenadier at the Beaurivage anchorage.

Suzanne and Herve’s boat, Grenadier at the Beaurivage anchorage.

This has been a good experience for us, learning how to manage the cruising lifestyle. So far, all’s good!

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