Saturday, August 2, 2014

Buckhorn to Orillia, ON

On Friday, 8/1 we left Buckhorn at 7:30 am.  The sun is shining and the water is smooth!  The beautiful terrain is filled with lush green trees along the bank and within the many small islands scattered along the way.  Lake Buckhorn is a very popular area to rent house boats and it is very interesting to watch them maneuver through the locks.  Drove right by the quaint touristy towns of Bobcaygeon and Fenelon Falls.  If we weren't so far behind we would have definitely stayed at both of these places. We went thru the narrow Trent canal, aka "the ditch".  One of the locks, the Kirkfield Lift Bridge, is the second largest lift lock in North America and we dropped 49 feet.  We also went through the concrete half circle historic Canal Lake Arch Bridge which was built in 1905.

Oh, the sun turned to rain when we stopped for the night.  That is quite common on East Coast and in Canada as of right now. We went through 8 locks today so it is time to stop for the night and have an adult beverage!  Can you tell Jan wrote this one?

After a quiet night staying at lock 40 we were on our way to Orillia which is only 18 1/2 miles.  We crossed Lake Simcoe which is the largest lake on the Trent Severn.  Luckily, the water was calm and the winds were light.  

The lock at Bobcaygeon and their world famous shoe store

Approaching the lock at Bobcaygeon

In the lock with all the tourist looking on
The ditch to the Kirkfield Lift Lock

Limelight following us

Entering the Kirkfield Lift lock where we start going down after raising to 841 feet above sea level

When you pull into this tub of water you are looking straight down 49 feet

Standing on the bow 
Boats coming into the tub

Just like the Peterborough Lift only not as big

Going down
This was called the Canal Lake High Arch Bridge, only one boat at a time

Built in 1905

Our last lock for the day #40

Lock wall #40, where we spent the night before heading to Orillia

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