We left Cedar Springs shortly after 8:30, and followed the channel out to the Severn Sound.; It was windy and there were waves bouncing us around. After passing the cardinal buoy we headed towards the channel going around Green island.We met a looper boat Bright Angel coming out from Port Severn. We were through the Port Severn lock by 10:30 and continued on to the Big Chute. We arrived at the Chute just before noon, and lock through almost immediately with 3 other smaller boats.We tied up on the top of the lock. At about 2:30, my sister and brother-in-law arrived.
They were on their way to Brampton for the 55+ Canada games, where Gord would be playing slopitch. We went to the Big Chute Marina for supper,
and then they were on their way towards Brampton. We went for ice cream and then returned to the boat.
On Monday we left the Chute at about 9:30 after we watched Hobo, a looper boat go through the chute.We were headed towards Swift Rapids. The gates on the lock were opened and we went right in. We were through by 11:05. We continued on to Couchiching lock, going relatively slowly through narrow stretches, with lots of cottages, I liked these yards. In the north end of Sparrow Lake we saw this boat, and it didn’t look like it was sitting right. We later learned from the lockmaster at Couchiching that the boat was rushing to make the next lock and obviously missed a turn. Looks like an expensive mistake!
Upon arriving at Couchiching we went through almost immediately and were tied up by 1:15.
We booked out flights to come home next Friday, August 26th, so the packing and cleaning in preparation for putting the boat up for the winter has begun. The weather prediction for Tuesday is heavy rain and wind– wouldn’t be a good day for crossing Lake Simcoe, so we may be staying put.
Great meeting the two of you at lick 42:-)
Cindy and Steve Gushie