Kingston Waterfront, ON - Skot Cardwell

My Watermark is the Kingston Waterfront of Lake Ontario.

My most powerful memory of the Kingston Waterfront was when I acted as a 'guide boat.'

For several years I acted as a 'guide boat' for a friend, who in her 60's had decided to do the Kingston Triathlon. She had been training in a pool, but needed experience swimming the lake. But her visual impairment made her quickly disoriented, so she asked me to paddle beside her. I said 'sure!' having never paddled on the big lake.

Our first outing began on a sunny July afternoon at Breakwater Park. The waves were huge! It was all I could do to keep my canoe upright! I had a great time, but it wasn't all that helpful. After that, we met in the mornings, and I used a kayak.

On Triathlon days I would rise early and ride my bike to Catwright Point to borrow a kayak, paddle the calm beauty of the lake past Cedar Island and RMC into the harbour. There, I would wait while the Island Belle took the triathlon swimmers out to the starting point. At the horn, swimmers leapt into the water. I would escort my friend along, chatting and encouraging, letting her know where we were. Once she was out and on her bike, I would paddle away. It was lovely.

The Kingston waterfront is important to me because it is why I live in Kingston. We swim, we paddle, we sail, we skate, we walk, we cycle, we picnic. The water is everything to us!
 

Waterbody
Lake Ontario, ON
Collector
Dana Jackson
Contributor
Skot Cardwell

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