After a few days in Kingston to provision and finish the remaining maintenance work on His Idea, we were excited and ready to finally cast off for the second leg of our Great Loop adventure.
The first days were spent cruising about 70 miles through the protected waters of the Bay of Quinte, with a stop in Belleville to explore and visit with friends Bill and Carole Lowther. Also owners of a PDQ 34 (Tiger), they had originally planned to join us for our cruise this year, however other priorities got in the way. We’re hoping they’ll be able to join us in Florida next spring for a planned trip to the Bahamas. Thanks for all the fun and hospitality Bill and Carole!
Near the western end of the Bay of Quinte, Trenton marks the beginning of the Trent-Severn Waterway, which stretches across the upper portion of the Niagara Peninsula from Lake Ontario to Lake Huron. FoIt is 240 miles long, involves numerous lakes and rivers, and raises vessels about 180 metres from Lake Ontario to it’s summit at Lake Balsam. Like the Rideau Canal (see Exploring Canada’s Capital and the Rideau Canal – 2012/09/02), the TSW is operated by Parks Canada. It’s history is quite different, however, in that it’s development was driven by commercial (rather than military) needs. As such it was developed in sections over more than 80 years, starting in the 1830’s. The final piece to finish the entire route was not completed until the 1920’s. For a map and other resource information, go to http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/lhn-nhs/on/trentsevern/visit/visit8.aspx
We have not yet gone far along the Waterway, but have had much to experience – hot sunny days; wet cool nights; marshes and wildlife; waterfalls, dams and powerhouses; rural farmland and quaint small towns (with much history); and of course, locks, locks, locks. A few of our experiences are captured in the following pictures…..
The next post will be coming from somewhere further along the Trent-Severn. likely in a week or two.