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Kawartha Summer Cruise

 

Here are photos from a 5-day cruise on a unique waterway connecting lakes and rivers in scenic central Ontario in early July 2017.

The Trent-Severn Waterway connects together some of the major lakes and rivers of the region to connect Lake Ontario to Lake Huron, bypassing Niagara Falls and Lake Erie.  The Kawartha region is too rugged for agriculture, but the natural beauty of its lakes and forests is unique.

Construction of what is now a 386 km (240 mile) canal system began in 1833, and the system evolved in fits and starts over the decades.  Although originally intended for commercial purposes, by the time it was completed in 1920 railways and larger boats made it largely obsolete.  Separate history and information files are provided in the links list below.

But the Trent-Severn waterway has been a boon for tourism, and the 44 locks which link lakes and rivers across central Ontario are now used by a wide variety of recreational boaters and this mini cruise.

Ontario Waterways Cruises offers summer cruises on the Trent-Severn Waterway.  Its Kawartha Voyageur is a cruise ship scaled to navigate the canal system.  The Kawartha Voyageur has a capacity of 45 passengers in 23 cabins, operated by a crew of 12 and a Captain.  This cruise is not for thrill seekers.  It took five days to cover 230 km (143 miles) about 46 km (29 miles) a day.

I had visited some of the locks before, but I had never sailed through any of them, and I'd seen very little of the lakes and rivers which they connect.  I suspected that this cruise might yield some great photographs. You can judge.

The link to the Pictures File is below the Sample Images.  Also provided are links to two Trent-Severn history PDFs, one short, one not so short.  A Map and a Table of Contents are provided below that, both in on-screen and in printable forms.

Quick Start: Kawartha-Cruise.pdf

 

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Sample Images

Here are a few sample images from the picture file.  You can click on these to see larger versions.

 

Kawartha Voyageur, Ontario Waterway Cruises   Ashburnham Lock   Peterborough Lift Lock   Otonabee River

Kawartha Voyageur

 

Ashburnham Lock

 

Peterborough Lift Lock

 

Otonabee River

Clear Lake, aboard Kawartha Voyageur   Lovesick Lock   Bobcaygeon, Ontario   Big Chute Marine Railway

Clear Lake

 

Lovesick Lock

 

Bobcaygeon

 

Big Chute Marine Railway

 

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Links to Pictures and Information Files

Hints on working with PDF files and suggestions for optimum viewing setup are provided on the Using PDFs page.

You can access the PDF picture file by clicking on the link below.

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Maps

The map below shows the route of the Kawartha Summer Cruise, from Peterborough to Big Chute.

A package of downloadable/printable Kawartha Cruise Maps is available.  It includes the route map below and three detailed maps showing the locations of all the individual locks and tour features.

Central Ontario map 

 

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Tables of Contents

The Contents table for this PDF is reproduced below.  The combined Contents tables for all Ontario pictures files are shown on the main Ontario page, and are included in the printable PDF available here.

Kawartha Cruise

 

 

 

 

Contents

2

 

Day 3 - Map - Days 3 and 4

68

Introduction

3

 

Balsam Lake

69

Route Map

4

Kirkfield Channel

70

Day 1 - Map Days 1 and 2

5

 

Kirkfield Lift Lock

72

Departure

6

 

Canal Lake

77

Ashburnham

7

Talbot River

78

Otonabee River

15

 

Lake Simcoe

84

Peterborough Lift Lock

17

 

Day 4 - Orillia

85

Trent University

28

 

Leacock Museum

87

Otonabee Locks

33

Couchiching

92

Clear Lake

44

 

Port Stanton

96

Stony Lake

50

 

Day 5 - Day 5 Map

98

Burleigh Falls

52

 

Severn River

99

Lovesick

53

 

Swift Rapids

102

Buckhorn

54

 

Severn Falls

105

Day 2 - Buckhorn Lake

57

 

Big Chute Marine Railway

106

Bobcaygeon

58

 

Adieu Voyageur

111

Sturgeon lake

60

 

Reflections

113

Fenelon Falls

62

 

History

114

Cameron Lake

66

 

End

115

Rosedale

67

 

 

 

 

 

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