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Trent Severn Waterway-Peterborough, Canada

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Peterborough, Ontario is the largest city we’ve stayed at since New York City. We’ve been on the move almost everyday for awhile and decided to stay a couple of days at the City Marina to get caught up on chores. We are still traveling with Rick and Mary on the other Kismet (Arcadia).

So, besides doing 7 loads of laundry and visiting the Peterborough Canoe Co., we visited the Peterborough Lift Lock. Construction on this lock started in 1896 and was completed in 1904. It is only one of eight in the world, this being the largest one, and before our trip is over we’ll have been in 2 of them. The lock has 2 large lifts shaped like a tub. They drop the gate, you drive your boat into the tub, tie up to the side and the gate goes back up and locks. As the tub you are in goes up the opposite one comes down. This lift raises 64 feet and provides an amazing view of the countryside.

After watching some boats go up and down we toured the museum next to the lock and it provided us with the history of the canal as well as the construction process of the lock.

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We were all very excited to experience this locking marvel. The tie up process was amazingly easy and we all had cameras in hand.

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