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July 18, 19 – Port Colborne

We made it successfully out of Lake Erie! It is a pretty nice lake although much warmer and more shallow than Lake Michigan or Huron. Tomorrow, we will be in Lake Ontario if all goes well with the Welland Canal. It can take up to 16 hours to get through so it will be a long day!
Port Colborne is a great place to visit by boat! The marina is quiet and clean (although in order to get to the office or leave the marina, the walk is .35 km – I measured it on my bike). The downtown, including a grocery store, is easily accessible – you can walk the four blocks (once you get out of the marina, that is) and there are many nice bike paths. The path I rode on follows the locks and is really interesting because you can watch the boats go through.
The cycling here is incredible – there are several trails (all paved) that go around the entire Niagara region – 140 km. You can do the entire loop from Port Colborne to Fort Erie, Niagara Falls, Niagara -on-the-Lake, St. Catharines, Thorold and Welland. The paths are well marked and have rest stops along the way. Lake Erie is linked with Lake Ontario via cycling trails. Looks interesting to explore!
Here are some pictures of Port Colborne – the first one is of the first lock that we have to go through.

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The second one is of a ship going through – you can see the bridge in the background.

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The third picture is of an old bridge that is now part of the cycling trail.

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The last one is of the Robin Hood Flour grain tower that was used in the 1940s during the war. It could hold over 2 million pounds of wheat!

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That’s it for today – I am going biking and Dennis has gone to check out the locks and possible pay the lock master in advance. It is $200 to lock through but well worth it – it beats going over the falls!

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Posted by on July 19, 2012 in Sailing in Lake Erie

 

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July 10 – Pelee Island

We have officially been to the most southern point of Canada! We are anchored out on the west side of Pelee Island and are watching the sun go down. We left the Detroit River this morning and headed to toward Pelee Island with the cooling towers of the nuclear plant clearly visible for miles. It took us a long time to get those out of our sight. We sailed again today and it was great! It also kept Dennis occupied – he was constantly trimming the sails and making minor adjustments of lines and other nautical things. This was good for me because I like to listen to CBC’s Q from 10:00 until 11:30.

Last night, we met up with Rick and Michelle. Rick bought many of Dennis’ North Channel and Georgian Bay charts through Kijiji. He and Michelle are going up to the North Channel – leaving on Thursday – in their 25 foot C & C sailboat. They are very nice and we wish them the best of luck on their trip. I hope the weather is good for them!

On our way down the Detroit River, we saw some wildlife:

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It must have been a good day for birds because as we went by a bald rock close to Pelee Island, we saw this colony of birds:

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We got anchored safely and went swimming right away. According to the boat thermometer, the water temp is 31 degrees! It was quite warm but still very nice! The water is clean and there were many schools of tiny little fish around the boat.

We took the dinghy ashore and walked along the pebble beach. It was a bit painful on the feet but I didn’t complain (too much!). We walked almost to the end of the island – it has a sandbar at the end that had hundreds of seagulls.

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We walked back through the forest area (on a path!) and saw all sorts of interesting vegetation that we don’t see in Parry Sound! The picture of the tree is neat because it looks like it is growing from both ends.

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The forest is full of birds and mosquitoes (although the mosquitoes don’t bite unless you stop and admire the vegetation) and it was much cooler in the forest as compared to the beach.

We had another swim once we got back and are now getting ready for bed. Tomorrow, we go to Scudder Marine and will tour the island in search of Margaret Atwood!

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Posted by on July 10, 2012 in Sailing in Lake Erie

 

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