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Re: Local Season Knowledge in the Great Lakes Area
The St Lawrence is certainly a pretty trip, unless you have fog like Capta, or worse snow, which you would very likely see a decent amount of in November.
However, its a reasonably challenging place to sail.
Going down stream, it starts out pretty easy for the first 90 miles or so in the Thousand Islands.
Then the next 120 miles or so is tricky. The St Lawrence Seaway is a canal built for large sea going ships, so you are frequently maneuvering in close proximity to 700 foot ships, sometimes quite close, and occasionally have to share the locks with good size vessels (200-300 ft).
Then you get a bit of an easy sleigh ride, riding the current and prevailing wind from Montreal to Quebec City another 150- 200 Miles.
Then the next bit is the prettiest in my opinion, the St Lawrence Valley from Quebec City to the open Gulf, which is maybe another 400 miles. It can get a little dicey in this area with 18 foot tides and currents to 8 knots in the river.
Then you have to cross the open Gulf, which can be really rough. Its a good 300 miles across the Gulf, to the Canso Canal. Then stuff doesn't get any easier from there as you are on the open ocean off the coast of Nova Scotia until you can reach Maine. Which is another 500 miles.
Much of the trip is in Francophone areas, at tourist locations you can generally find an English speaker, but the area really is quite French.
Or, you could simply take the NYS Canals and Hudson River which is less than 300 miles in protected waters directly to New York City.
Here are some of my pics. First Thousand Islands, then the Seaway, then a couple of shots of the tide partially down in the salt water portions of the river, St Lawrence Valley. Then a pic of a beach in the Northhumberland Straight in the Eastern Gulf of St Lawrence.
Last edited by Arcb; 10-05-2018 at 02:01 PM.