Many cruisers consider the historic, pastoral 240-mile Trent Severn Waterway the most beautiful part of the entire 5,000-mile-long Great Loop. Connecting Trenton on Lake Ontario to Port Severn on Georgian Bay, the waterway runs through small villages, farmland and lakes, and has no fewer than 44 locks. Jim and Lisa Favors, two experienced cruisers (they’ve already completed the Loop, for example), now write about their north to south passage on the Trent Severn, including their transit of the Peterborough lift lock, which is so unique it has been designated a Canadian National Historic Site.
Built in the early 1900s, the Peterborough lock, listed as Lock 21, is on the Otanabee River section of the Waterway, and was fashioned after smaller locks operating in Europe at the time. It’s powered by gravity, lifting boats 65 feet, and is one of the highest of its kind. The lock functions with two connected caissons, each 140-feet long. Think of them as big buckets at the end of a teetertotter; when one goes down and fills with water, the other goes up.
Locking through on Kismet, their red-hulled Ranger Tug 29 with a single 300-hp Volvo, the Favors cruised down to Cambellford, settled in 1806, and tied up at dock wall next to a park where they had electricity and filled their water tanks. They also paid a visit to the World’s Finest Chocolate Factory Outlet Store (how could you go wrong?). The next day they continued down to Frankford, settled in the 1840s, which they describe as a “peaceful, friendly” and charming small town. Then they tied up to a lock wall in a park-like setting and paid visits to the lockmaster and another Looper boat. Read more: