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  1. It has been a very cold and wet spring along the St. Lawrence and Great Lakes basin. Flooding has slowed but not stopped. It was 1 C this morning when I dropped my kids at the lake for rowing at 6:30. But the sun was out which makes a huge difference. Here’s the long range forecasts in a number or the ports to help in packing. Enjoy your cruise!
  2. Lake Ontario is half a meter higher than usual (1 meter =39”) and still rising. Lake Erie is still rising too and overflowing into Lake Ontario. It rained all day Monday and most of this morning. Our ground is absolutely saturated.
  3. Sail, the graphic is put together by the International Lake Ontario- St Lawrence River Board who communicate with the public on both sides of the border regarding water levels and flow from Lake Ontario and the St Lawrence River. The graphs, if they can be enlarged, show if the water levels are below normal, normal or above normal and different monitoring stations. Since all the water from the Great Lakes flows into Lake Ontario then up the St. Lawrence past Montréal I thought it may be helpful for those looking for the current state of flooding.
  4. Yes, I stand corrected. I got the information today but it was Wednesday’s data updated charts on Thursday. They did mention the situation on the Ottawa being in flux and changeable due to weather systems moving in. If you got the rain we did Thursday night then if certainly didn’t help anything!
  5. Update on water levels as of Friday May 10
  6. Welcome back to (nearly) home. It was much warmer yesterday but at least it’s not snowing! We have the frost advisory up here but the airport is clear tonight so you shouldn’t have any issues getting out tonight.
  7. We did this exact cruise the 3rd week in August 2011 on the Volendam. I know it can be different but the only time we felt any motion was on the way back for a few hours after leaving Ketchikan and before ducking into the safety of the inside passage. We loved it. Our cabin was just one door down from the aft elevators on the deck below the promenade deck.
  8. Oh my goodness time flies! I’ve been sick since 2015 so I knew it was after that. Thanks for the correction!
  9. Last year the Vieux Montréal port was under renovation and no ships could use it for the season.
  10. It only happens in spring and has been a relatively recent occurrence. The 100 year flood was in 2017....
  11. Oh I saw a riverboat in Bordeaux... I think this is the only way I will get to this area. I loved your pictures but I couldn’t do the walking you did and I don’t drink so I never thought of going to the region. Now I am. DH thanks you. How long a layover? What time of day?
  12. I guess it depends upon your starting point and time of day then. I always started from NDG in the morning before 9:00. Perhaps there is more traffic now as it has been years since I drove it since I don’t live in Montréal any longer.
  13. Sorry I neglected to answer your driving time question. The drive between Montréal and Québec City is about 2 hours.
  14. I heard on the news Thursday that the areas north of Toronto (3 hours north) that have been under state of emergency for over a week seem to have reached peak on Wednesday. Toronto is expecting some flooding but it looks like it won’t be as bad as 2017. So given those reports, the flooding shouldn’t be happening in June as the worst was this week. That said it has rained all day today and we really haven’t gotten any temperatures above 50 yet. I don’t ever remember flooding being an issue in June in Montréal. i have always wanted to do that cruise. Enjoy!
  15. Many areas in Montréal, Ottawa and all along the St. Lawrence River are flooded. The late spring, still frozen ground means the rain can’t be absorbed and runs off to rivers and lakes. Montréal is at the end of the St. Lawrence Seaway so that means all the excess water from the whole Great Lakes Basin eventually ends up passing by Montréal and Québec City on its way to the Atlantic. Many have lost everything. Seems the 100 year floods are coming every 2 years.
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