Peterborough - Kirkfield Lift Lock
3 July 2012We left our anchorage in Rice Lake nice and early to make it to Peterborough in time to lock through. We were so excited to be on our way that we almost missed the entrance to the Otonabee river which winds all the way to Peterborough.
|Leaving Rice Lake early in the morning|
|The entrance to the Otonabee River -|
in our excitement we almost missed it.
|A quaint little tree house on theOtanobee river|
|Island Princess11 says goodbye|
The tour guide was real treat, he got out of the boat and walked around the lock as it was lowering and came around and chatted with us.
The lift-lock was truly an experience. I have heard so much about it but it is very exciting to actually go through it.
|Entering the Peterborough Lift Lock|
|Getting ready to lift|
|Island Princess 11 coming out of|
Peterborough Lift lock
|The view from the top|
Locking can be stressful but it is also a great opportunity to catch up with other boaters and have a nice chat. It is also great fun (if you are not involved) and very scary (if you are involved) in watching houseboats go in and out of locks.
Houseboats get rented out to people who don’t even need to have experience driving a boat, and it must be hard to drive by the looks of it. One house boater told us without any shame that he wasn’t even required to have a licence to drive one….this was just before we saw him entering the lock sideways. Thank goodness the lock staff knows what they are doing and are always willing to help.
We continued on to lock 23 until the rain forced us to stop. It was a quiet spot and just fine for a relaxing afternoon.
4 July 2012
We made our way through to Lakefield, lock 26, where we stopped to do some shopping before heading out , through Hell’s Gate.
|Hell's Gate - Stony Lake|
Slow down, take your time and watch the markers
|Scary on the charts but pretty easy|
if you take your time
|Chart plotter view of Hell's Gate|
|Narrow passage of Hell's Gate|
Finally after a hot day of locking we stopped at Buckhorn (lock 31) for the evening. Here we met fellow loopers, Eddie and Sandi on MV Tarqin. We enjoyed an Independence Day toast with our American friends. We had the gennie going and while I made bread, Gary had the water maker running. It was a long and hot day.
|Buckhorn Lock 31|
|Time & Tide and Tarqin|
5 July 2012
Another very warm day as we meandered through Sturgeon and Pigeon lakes to Fenelon Falls and on to Bobcaygeon , where Gary had to go to a local marine store to pick up a tie down for the tender. No rest as we took off after lunch time and headed towards Kirkfield lift locks.
|DANGER!! Scary sight on|
|Kawartha Voyager passing us in Sturgeon Lake|
down bound from Bog Chute
(it passed us up bound in Lock 4)
|Gannon Narrows Tug|
|Met up with Tarqin again in Bobcageon|
Eddie and Sandi
|Sturgeon Lake Float plane|
|Running with the auto pilot|
|We weren't fishing, just posing|
|Narrow Trent Canal|
|See how narrow it is??!!|
|Uh-uh! Boat in narrow channel who touched|
|Kirkfield Lift Lock|
I was very happy when we finally reached the huge Kirkfield lift locks where we spent the evening visiting with Randy and Natalie off MV Black Tickle
|Top of Kirkfield Lift Locks|