Another stunning morning as we made the lock down of Portage Lock 39 with Scott and Justin and their boat. Quickly, we traveled the .4 miles to Torah Lock 40 then the .8 miles to Gamebridge Lock 41. This area is rich with farms populating both sides of the narrow channel. After locking down lock 41 we pulled over to let another large boat pass us to enter and lock down. It would have been a tight fit for the two boats in the narrow channel. Next we had to creep by a wide maintenance barge dredging the canal.
Two hours later and the waters are still cranking but the skies have cleared up. On our way once again! We passed under the Atherley Narrows Bridge to enter Lake Couchiching where the shores were lined with cottages and resorts.
In the narrow channel leading to Lock 42, we were held up at the Canadian National Railroad Bridge waiting for a long freight train.
After locking down Couchiching Lock 42, we rounded the bend and found the channel lined with cottages, permanent camper sites, a B&B and a continuous row of boats.
In Sparrow Lake we again saw granite islands, some inhabited and some stand lonely guards for the waterways.
We chose Swift Rapids Lock 43 as our nights mooring and tied on our starboard side after locking down. This hydraulically operated lock has a 47’ vertical lift which it accomplishes in just 8 minutes. Pretty cool, yes?