We are in Port d'Escale Montreal, having braved all 7 locks of the St Lawrence Seaway. The Port is right in the heart of the Old City, just off the end of Place Jaques Cartier.
Yesterday we came through the last 4 locks: Beauharnois 1&2, St. Catherine, and St. Labert, arriving at around 9:00 PM. We had passed the freighter 'Richelieu' at anchor earlier and just hours after our passage through the St. Catherine lock they managed to run it aground at the lock entrance, I believe it is still shut down. As we approached the St. Labert lock, we were overtaken by a very large thunderstorm cell, accompanied by wind, lightening, and torrents of rain. I was able to watch this in real time on three media: satellite weather (which shows doppler radar and lightening strikes), radar (which shows rain) and of course real life. It was much more comfortable on the former two than the latter, which soaked us quite thoroughly!
We had managed to sail a bit from Kingston through the Thousand Islands, stopping at Endymion and Dumbfounder, the latter owned by Mark Ellis, designer of 'Anomaly'. There we were treated to dinner ashore and a hike around the island which has been in his family for something like 6 decades.
We spent the first night out of the Thousand Islands at Prescott, where we met Gilles and Lise on the trawler yacht 'Bora Bora' (a Grand Banks 42), who where accompanied by Yvan and Henriette and travelled with them into Montreal, sharing each lock. They were very helpful and full of great information, on their way home to Quebec City.
Tomorrow we are hoping for less rain to take a bicycle tour of some of the surrounding area.