We have been in a repetitive groove. We wake up at dawn. I go for a run while Kent and Penny do their thing. We push off with the goal of hitting the first lock opening at 9am. We pull up to the blue line at the lock (this is the holding/waiting area), wait to be directed in, tie up, wait to get raised up, chat with the Parks Canada staff and then exit the lock when the gates open. We then repeat entering and exiting several locks as necessary for the day.
Good thing we keep a log of each day as the Trent Severn Waterway (TSW) has become a bit of a blur. Below is where we stopped as well as mileage per day since the last post.
Campbellford (lock 13) > Hastings (lock 18) 19 mi
> Ashburnham (lock 20) 38 mi
> Top of Peterborough (lock 21) 0.5 mi
(not a typo, we traveled a whole 0.5 mi in a day! We wanted to spend a second day in Peterborough and so did 2 locks and stayed at the top of the big hydraulic lift lock for a second night.)
> Top of Burleigh Falls (lock 28) 25 mi
> Bobcaygeon (lock 32) 24 mi
> Fenelon Falls (lock 32) 24 mi
> Bridge 50 (past lock 41) 27 mi
Not all locks are the same, some are older manual locks while others are hydraulic. One of the more exciting lock was the Peterborough lock (#21). This is the world’s tallest hydraulic lift lock which raises you 65 ft. Kent explains the lock as Heartbeat being placed in a giant bath tub that is then raised straight up in the air. It was a fast ride, taking about 90 seconds.
At the Kirklfield lock (#36) we finally started to lock down. We were 840 feet above sea level and this one took us down just shy of 50 ft in what felt like was less than a minute.
Each lock has a dedicated staff of summer students that work through Labor Day and then head back to college. They of course are supervised by a Lockmaster and all seem to work 10 hr days/6 days a week. Cannot give enough praise for how friendly, informed and professional all of them are.
As we move through the TSW our scenery has changed from mostly canals and narrow rivers to now include passing through larger lakes. The Clear Lake to Stony Lake area was simple spectacular, many small islands with houses built on each tiny one. A great summer escape tradition for many families. Other towns along the way cater to summer vacationers, it has been fun to explore what each town has to offer.
Our Canada red chair experiences continue. We have sat in 5 official red chair sets. It has been fun to see where these have been placed along the TSW.
Canada is experiencing the same heat wave(s) that the rest of North American is getting. The first few hours in the morning are typically nice, past 9am the temps creep up and the humidity flares to something nasty. Thunderclouds threaten to unleash in the afternoons and every few days they actually do dump rain.
Up next for us is a long weekend in the town of Orillia. No need to be out on the water with everyone else. From Orillia we will then finish the last section of the Trent Severn Waterway.