Big Chute and then Port Severn

September 7, Thursday, Orillia to Port Severn, ON

The town of Port Severn contains the last lock of the TSW (Trent-Severn Waterway) which completes the connection between Lake Ontario and the Georgian Bay of Lake Huron. We stopped just short of the last lock to stay at the Starpoint Marina where our favorite mechanic will meet us tomorrow morning. Yup – another issue. He’ll let us know if it’s safe to continue or if the port engine needs an additional repair. Stay tuned…

After two normal locks this morning we came to lock 44 –  Big Chute Marina Railway- a railway carrier for boats on the Trent Severn waterway since the actual lock was never built. The railway car dips deep enough into the water for our boat to drive in and then picks up the boat with two straps to keep it steady while the wide and open railroad car moves up a hill, over a road and down a hill to drop us in the lake below. Amazing! (I learned that one reason the Marine Railway hasn’t been replaced by a lock is to keep sea lampreys out of the Trent Severn and nearby waterways.)

Here’s a boat completing it’s transit as we arrived…

Our Big Chute travel…


We continued toward Port Severn through narrow canals and some surprisingly deep lakes – up to 135 feet!

Although we’ve traveled many days to get this close to Lake Huron and would think there would only be small cabins in the area, we saw very large and upscale homes as we traveled the last 3 days. This area is not that far from Toronto – 3 hours or so – and many small cottages are being replaced by fancy summer estates.

We only had one quick rain shower at the second lock today. Fortunately I saw it coming and had put on my rain stuff – coat, bib and boat – so I stayed dry! I’m always the one on the bow in the locks.  Dirk is lucky because he works the locks under the sundeck awning (that I waterproofed!).

We made it to the very nice Starpoint Marina and had another in-house dinner – too lazy to walk the 10 minutes to town. I’ll check it out in the morning while Dirk and Gord look at the engine. Wish us luck!

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