The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Kingston Chronicle (Kingston, ON), July 14, 1826

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p.2 the Lieutenant-Governor of Upper Canada, Sir Peregrine Maitland, visits the canal to Burlington Bay.

Opening of the Burlington Canal.

This ceremony took place on Saturday the 1st instant, and the novelty of such a thing in U. Canada attracted a number of people, from different parts of the country.

The Gore Militia was called out, and furnished a Guard of Honour, which received His Excellency the Lieutenant Governor. The Bands of the 70th Regiment was also in attendance.

His Excellency with the Canal Commissioners in a Barge, passed through the Canal uniting the waters of Ontario with the Burlington Lake.... [U.E. Gazette]

The Boat Race - On Tuesday last the inhabitants of Kingston were much gratified with the sight of a race between the pleasure boats of Lieutenant Jones of the Royal Navy, and Lieutenant O'Brien of the Royal Artillery. The boats were moored off the Commissioner's wharf, and at 10 o'clock, on a signal gun being fired from Point Frederick, proceeded round Garden Island and back again, when Mr. O'Brien's boat arrived at her moorings about 10 minutes before the other. The light winds that prevailed operated much against Mr. Jones' boat - she being considerably larger in size than her oponent.

During the contest, the bay and river in front of the town exhibited a spectacle unequalled in brilliancy by any thing that has occurred here for many years - that beautiful sheet of water being nearly covered with pleasure boats, containing groups of the fair fashionables of the place.

At four o'clock the Boat Race Club entertained a party of from 80 to 90 on Garden Island. The dinner was sumptious, and in the general arrangements, elegance was happily blended with the most substantial comforts. The sounds of the bugles of the 68th Light Infantry, proceeding from the aboriginal forests in rear of the temporary encampment - combined with the noble view which is presented to the eye from Garden Island, - of the town of Kingston - the military defences of Fort Henry - the dismantled Hulls of the Royal Ships in the Navy Yard - and above all, the confluence of the Cataroque, and the majestic Saint Lawrence, with her Thousand Isles - heightened exceedingly the interest of the scene.

In the cool of the evening a few quadrilles were danced, and between eight and nine the party embarked for Kingston, seemingly much pleased with the amusements of the day.

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Kingston Chronicle (Kingston, ON), July 14, 1826