Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Muskoka Weekend

Inn at Christie's Mill

cottage signpost

lily pads

mushrooms

I was treated to a weekend out of the city in the 'cottage country' district of Ontario called Muskoka. It was great to be out in the fresh air and the trees even if it rained much of the time.

There are a lot of people in Toronto who head up that way every summer weekend, but I'm not one of them. I'm not from a cottage-y family. When I was in high school, I spent a very trying few weeks on Lake Rosseau as an au pair for a couple of rather spoiled kids. Also, I had a high school friend whose father kept a place on Lake Joseph, where I snowmobiled and canoed a few times. This weekend, I kept trying to remember landmarks or towns or anything to figure out where I'd been before, but my memories of those places are not very specific.

One of the sites I saw over the weekend was the
Big Chute marine railway which is unique in North America. Instead of passing through a standard lock system to carry watercraft through the 17.7 m change in elevation at this point on the Trent-Severn Waterway, boats are secured by slings on a large carriage, which moves along a railway track. The boats are lifted out of the water, carried over the waterfall (and road) and are gently placed into the water again.

collecting the boats

crossing the grade

blocking the road

1 comment :

Eva said...

That boat-train thing sounds interesting! I actually just finished reading a book by Michael Palin ("New Europe") and he mentions traveling on a boat that gets lifted out of the water and carried over land, but that was in Poland.
I read that just last week, and that was the first time I'd ever heard of a construction like that. Odd!

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