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The lost art of travelling slowly: What I learned cruising Canada’s Rideau Canal

by Joanna Booth 4 Aug 02:45 UTC
The Rideau Canal wends its way through the Canadian capital © Istock

But..." My husband hesitated. "You don't have a licence." My best friend was less diplomatic. Her text message simply read: "ARE THEY MAD?"

None of my nearest and dearest could quite believe someone was going to let me – a ham-fisted, maladroit non-driver, who even managed to fail the cycling proficiency test – pilot a boat. I'll admit it; I was a little surprised myself. So when I set off down the Rideau Canal on a Canadian boating holiday it was with the sun on my face, my knuckles white on the wheel and a determination to prove everyone wrong.

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