(All pictures here are after we left Portland). It’s less than 20 miles from Smiths Falls to Portland through only 2 locks, so we could start out after 2 PM when Nancy left and still easily make it through the locks before their 5 PM closing time and arrive in Portland by 5:30. The weather was sunny when we left and turned overcast but not so cold as we traveled. There is nothing much to see in Portland except the nice harbor, but we spent two nights because it rained most of the time the following day.
The next day we went 10 miles with one lock midway to reach Westport. Westport has had a steady 700 population for most of its life, is more upscale than Smiths Falls and much more tourist oriented. We walked through most of the town and enjoyed a local museum filled with almost any household item from our great grandparent’s time.