August 4 – 6, 2019 Lakes and Arts

We left the holiday happenings on Sunday when we learned that there was likely to be space at our next intended stop.  During the day we passed under a picturesque bridge called Canal Lake High Arch Bridge.  It is a perfect half circle, built in 1905 – another engineering marvel for its time.  The unofficial name is the Hole-in-the-Wall Bridge.

The “Hole in the Wall” Bridge.

The next lock was Kirkfield Lock – another “pan” type lock like the Peterborough Lock.  The difference is, that at this point of the waterway, we have reached the high point, and will now be traveling down. That means we enter this lock from the TOP.  It’s like cruising into an infinity pool – all you see is sky ahead – no land! We felt like we were on the top chair of a stopped ferris wheel.  It was a GREAT view, but a little nerve wracking at the same time.

Pretty day as we head to the Kirkfield Lock. Love these little twists and turns.
Going into the Kirkfield Lock – Captain’s view. Can you say “Reverse!”

Our end point was the Gamebridge Lock.  Space was available because there was nothing else there but the lock! Four boats tied there and we enjoyed the quiet as well as a beautiful evening while we enjoyed “docktails” at 5 o’clock!   

Nothing but peace and quiet at the Gambridge Lock. We shared the wall with Half Time and No Schedule.

Weather was great the next day for a crossing of Lake Simcoe.  Among the MANY things we are learning on this trip is that when crossing a lake, you do NOT want a day of winds blowing towards you and bringing the waves with it.  It was a perfect day and after the lake we entered The Narrows, which is aptly named.  Not much room from side to side in this area.

We then passed through a couple more smaller lakes – Lake Couchiching and Sparrow Lake and ended the day in Port Orillia.  Orillia is a good size town, and we spent a couple days doing some sightseeing.  There are lots of community art projects there.  This year’s theme had to do with bicycles, and there were bikes decorated in lots of creative ways.  So fun to see!

ARTS abound in Orillia.

2 thoughts on “August 4 – 6, 2019 Lakes and Arts

  1. Rich & Sharon says:

    Pretty good that I am reading only a day off from your posts yesterday. Love hearing your adventures. Think of you often & miss you both. ❤️
    Rich & Sharon

  2. Carol Lee says:

    Hi Ed and Kathy – I’m finally getting a chance to catch up with you after doing some traveling of my own last month. I am enjoying your stories. So many locks!!! A little intimidating but fun. I went through my first one while in Chicago in September – only a five foot difference but still exciting. Kind of fun to go through on a tour boat, but with kayaks and canoes going through at the same time. However nothing like your 48 foot one. We were also in Canada at the same time as you. We were in Toronto and missed any time on the water. So I’m still jealous! Your trip sounds wonderful. Hard work I’m sure, but such joy! Keep the pictures and the stories coming.

    Blessings – Carol

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