Harvey and me
6.19.10 Harvey, Lift Lock, & Silver Lake PP
Fun day with two exciting happenings!
First, this morning we were delighted in a surprise visit at our campground by our friend, Harvey, from my Lazy Daze group! We had invited him by email and it was wonderful getting to meet our Toronto helper personally.
We had a great time discussing our time in Toronto, Lazy Daze RV's, future travels, and other coincidences like the fact that Harvey is Quaker (as I grew up). Harvey reminded us so much of our beloved Grandpa Hill and is just a wonderful person too. Thank you for everything, Harvey!
We left the awesome Glen Rouge Toronto campground near noon, saying goodbye to the wonderful Karen in the office.
Peterborough Lift Lock
We drove easy highways (115 to 7) with little truck traffic this Saturday to the famous Peterborough Lift Lock, as we headed toward Ottawa. It is a huge hydraulic lift from 1904 that moves boats on the 368 km Trent-Severn Waterway, Lock #21.
We found parking, ran up the steps beside the massive structure, and chatted with Rob, who works the lock.
Rob kindly invited us on a special mission to assist in the control station! We followed him across the narrow metal grate walkway reserved for employees, not looking at the drop on our left. There was a railing, but still scary.
Inside the lock control station, Rob had the kids push the actual buttons to work the lift as a day cruise boat came in. Jazy even made announcements on the intercom to the boat passengers! It was great fun and we were so appreciative of the tremendous opportunity!
Did you know that you could take a boat, pay a tiny fee, and traverse the entire system of canals and natural waterways between Lake Ontario and Georgian Bay.
How cool is that? It might take you a summer if you explore along the way, so bring plenty of time for the adventure!
In the control station with Rob
It is a Canadian NHS (Nat’l Historic Site) and “one of the finest interconnected systems of navigation in the world.” Very cool to watch! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peterborough_Lift_Lock
Here’s a webcam in fact:
We drove a few hours through beautiful farmland to a lovely Silver Lake Provincial Park. Again $40 a night with electric. Will want to find less expensive campgrounds than the Ontario Provincial Parks - even Glen Rouge municipal CG in Toronto was only $30.
Ciao is happy at Silver Lake PP
Why do we want less expensive? Because I booked our ferry to Newfoundland last night! Round trip with the RV was $1,013 U.S. Yikes. But we go from Nova Scotia into Port Aux Basque, NL and then leave via Argentia, NL, which saves us 550 miles of backtracking, many hours of driving, several nights of campgrounds, etc. And Newfoundland will be worth it! Cannot wait.
Ned also got his flights booked to Nova Scotia in 2 weeks, so we are excited about seeing him and exploring together. Skype telephone for $.02 a minute to Ned on a landline (or cell) has been fabulous using our Verizon aircard and the $129 a month global plan (thanks, Evelyn!)
Harvey told us that Hwy 401 is the busiest highway in North America, even compared to Los Angeles. Scheez!
Another Toronto friend said that the skyways (elevated bridges) which were so scary for us the other day with the wind threatening to blow us off, are also scary for cars.
Sometimes they are completely closed due to the wind. Wow.
I do have experience driving in many world cities but the other day was some of the worst highway driving I’ve witnessed by trucks (including in Mexico). It wasn’t a matter of just staying in my lane because the trucks were repeatedly threatening to sideswipe us due to the wind and their speed. Harvey said trucks have limiters maxing their speed at 105 km, but I promise those were not working. J
But all was better today!
We are having a fabulous time and love Canada and Canadians so much! The temperature is just perfect too. Canadian kids finish up school this week, so high season will begin shortly and the kids can make plenty of new friends. Life is grand!