At Lock 7, Glen Ross, with a 7.5’ vertical lift, we had to wait a few minutes for boats locking down before we could enter. This lock is coordinated with the opening of the adjacent swing bridge.
Yesterday the stretches between the locks was less than 2 miles. We now had 11.4 miles before we reached Lock 8, Percy Reach. Along the way we found these kids enjoying their summer freedom and thought that maybe the old duck blind was their secret hideout. We also traveled through marshlands as well as working farms.
Lock 9, Myers, was only 1.2 miles on from Lock 8 and we made the 15’ vertical lift like pros. The Lock Tenders house was built in 1914 and sported a banner proclaiming his retirement the day before our transit. He had served the lock system for 37 years. Many happy retirement years, Bob.
At Lock 10, Hauges Reach, we found this beautiful garden complete with its own little lighthouse. The Lock Tenders spend many hours at their” home away from home” and lavish much attention on the landscaping and maintenance of the grounds. We thank you all!!
Locks 11 & 12, Ranney Falls, were step locks, each with a 24’ lift. You exited Lock 11 and went directly into Lock 12. It was mighty impressive!
Before entering Lock 13 we stopped in at Campbellford to top off our diesel tanks. Every Lock Tender and boater that we had talked to said, “Stop in Cambellford for the cheapest fuel in Canada”. We also found the government owned liquor outlet and replenished Dan’s depleed beer supply. We are definitely not in Kansas anymore. We had been forewarned but still felt the sticker shock.
We passed under the Campbellford Bridge and proceeded to enter Lock 13. Hold on, folks! You need to change your ropes and fenders to the port side for this lock. We were scrambling but soon ready to enter and lock up the 23’.
Lock 14, Crowe Bay, was back to starboard but we had been warned and were prepared this time to make the 26’ lift. I loved the row boat planter at the Lock House and enjoyed watching the children frolicking in the shallows of the river just over our lift.
Our last lock for the day was Lock 15, Healey Falls. During the 2.6 miles of travel we switched gear back to the port side to make ready for the lock up. We were given the “OK” by the Lock Tender to moor at the blue tie-ups upon exiting and made fast for the night.
Our new neighbors for the night were from Peterborough, one of our future stops on the Trent-Severn. Barry and Magdalena and their guests, Judy and Dave, included us in their vacationing celebrations and we all enjoyed visiting while setting around our glowing fire in the Park Canada’s fire pit. Nice evening!