Date: 13 Jan 2004
This time last year we and another couple were making plans for a cruise that ended up as a five week trip through New York, Canadian, and Vermont lakes and canals. I call it the Small Circle Cruise (as opposed to the great circle).
Starting and ending at Lock six on the Erie Canal, Oswego Canal, Lake Ontario, St. Lawrence River, Thousand Islands, Rideau Canal, Ottawa River, Lachine Canal and back onto the St. Lawrence to the Richeleau, Lake Champlain and NY canals back to lock six.
It was an absolutely wonderful trip and a large part of the success of this trip can be laid at the feet of those in Canadian and U.S. newsgroups that answered our questions and gave us advice. Sarah and I kept a daily diary and I'd planned on having a synopsis of our trip on line. I've worked on it but it turned out to be a lot more work to compile than I first thought ... it's not done and if you're considering a trip, now is the time to plan. Thankfully there are many good cruising guides out there that are far superior to anything I could write.
If you are looking for a great way to spend five to eight weeks on the water next summer you would be hard pressed to find a better path than the one we followed. Since I can't (yet) give a blow by blow description, here's my advice.