On the Trent Severn Waterway

Locking up from Lake Simcoe, with American friends aboard a Happy Days Houseboat:



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As winter continues to blow with icy fury across the bay, I find it increasingly harder to do anything outside – this winter is getting old, even on the “adventure” side……
So, playing inside seems to be the order of my days right now.

I usually edit my videos with NCR software or with Studio, but I decided to try Youtube’s built-in editor and made a couple of slide-videos:

Spring On The Canal

Gamebridge – Lock 41

I had a job at Marina Del Ray today and the roadtrip took me across the highway bridge at Lock 41 on the Trent Severn Waterway. This is a manually operated lock.

Gates on the Lake Simcoe side:

The canal was still drained between Locks 40 and 41 (upstream of Lake Simcoe).
This image shows the drained section of the canal upstream, toward Lock 40:DSCF2

The Lake Simcoe side gates and canal section leading to the lake:

With the modern day highway overpass in the background, the footing of the original, riveted iron swing bridge can be seen on the left behind the fishermen:

Roadtrip to Lake Simcoe

Jackson’s Point Harbour on Lake Simcoe is one of our favorite summer cruising destinations, so we did a roadtrip there this weekend. The small village of Jackson’s Point is the hub of some of the best ice-fishing in Ontario and is home to the Canadian Ice Fishing Championship, this year’s being the 19th annual.


Aside from private trucks and ATVs, these tracked “buses” shuffle fisherman far out on the ice to the fishing grounds. Most of the huts, hundreds of them, are privately owned but a lot are commercially rented by the day, night or on a several day basis.

It was a beautiful, warm and sunny, near-spring day, which unfortunately made for less than perfect photography as the entire lake and surrounding shoreline was shrouded in thick fog, produced by the sun’s heat over the cold lake ice. Erie if nothing else, as groups of fishermen on foot and the odd motorized vehicle emerged from the blanket of white.IMG21IMG22

This is the Georgina Island First Nation’s ferry boat laid up for the winter: