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I was paddling the canal last fall and had stopped at Lower Brewers Lock for the night. I was setting up my tent, when a staffer came across the lock, walked past me, went to a nearby storage shed and unlocked the door. He went inside. A minute later he emerged, locked up, and walked over to me.

"I turned on the power in the shed," he said, "so that you can use the outlet on the outside wall to recharge your electronics."

I thanked him for his thoughtfulness and said to myself, "I like the Rideau Canal."

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