Sunday, August 10, 2014

Orillia to World Famous Henry's

Stayed 8/2, 8/3, and 8/4 in Orillia.  It was a long Canadian weekend celebrating "Citizens Day".  Lots and lots of partying on the docks.  We had decided to stay in Orillia till after the holiday to avoid long waits at the locks.  So we took off Tues, 8/5 and we went through 3 locks and "The Big Chute" Marine Railway.  The Big Chute is a railway barge that lifts you out of the water, crosses a road and drops you 58 feet.  It was a unique, incredible experience.  After the big chute we were excited to go through our last Canadian lock in Port Severn.  The excitement was short lived after exiting the last lock into Georgian Bay where the channel markers changed colors.  In our confusion, we ran aground, AGAIN, and damaged our port side prop.  Luckily there was a marina with a boat lift and we were able to divert our just repaired props that were being delivered elsewhere to where we were staying in lower Starport Marina in Port Severn.  The next morning the props arrived at 4 am and we were pulled out, repaired and back in the water by 9 am.  We proceeded on to Beausoleil Island where we enjoyed a nice, peaceful anchorage for the night.  The next morning, 8/7, we left early in the morning to get a spot at the world famous Henry's Fish Restaurant and Marina located on Frying Pan Island.  This island is only accessible by boat or seaplane.  We couldn't believe how busy this place was! Many just come for lunch or dinner and leave.  Next few days we are anchoring out.

Starts daily operation at 9:00am.  The first lock from Orillia is right after this bridge
Limelight following us

Going thru the narrows

Rocks every where

The Big Chute coming down on our side

Limelight is in and we are on our way

Here we go! 
The last lock we have to go thru in Canada.  

I would say we have gone through over 125 locks.
These are the channel markers leaving the last lock 
This is what happens when you screw up in the channel
This is a screwed up screw
This is the free docks at the Canadian Park at Beausoleil Island that was full so we anchored out
Some of the beauty of Georgian Bay

One of the iconic stops on the loop
Panacea and Limelight at Henry's dock

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