This past Sunday, we had the opportunity to travel a small part of the 386 km Trent-Severn waterway
, including a ride up Lock 21
, the world's largest (and oldest) hydraulic lift lock. Opened on July 9, 1904, it leaves a dramatic and lasting impression on Peterborough's landscape. You can learn more about the lift locks and this historic waterway from the links in this paragraph, including Wikipedia
This marvel wasn't the only one we were audience to, however. It was also National Paddling Week
, and to commemorate the occasion, Parks Canada sponsored an all-day contest, to see how many canoes and kayaks would fit within one of the lift lock tubs. Our boat was just in time to see first hand the efforts of these personal watercraft enthusiasts. While we were rising 65 ft to the top of the lock, its twin managed to contain 84 canoes and kayaks. The record of the day was an astounding 138!
A very exciting day, indeed. I hope, after seeing thes images, you feel the same way.