The Big Chute

22 Jun

Bushranger is going for a ride on a train! …but I’m getting ahead of myself…

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We left the Port of Orillia at a very civilized hour and discovered that Canada just keeps getting more dramatic!

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The rocks, the pine trees…

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…it’s all overwhelming…

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After ‘locking through’ a couple more times…

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(can you believe we’ve already passed through 49 locks since we restarted the Loop a few weeks ago!?!)

…we decided we wanted to park Bushranger and take a really good look at the NEXT lock.  You won’t believe this one…

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Lock 44 is called The Big Chute Marine Railway. Instead of driving your boat into a big chamber that either fills or empties, or driving into a big bath tube that ‘lifts’, this time you drive your boat into a sling that is hanging over a railroad track. The ‘train’ then travels over the hill and deposits you neatly in the next lake….

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How COOL is that?!? And it will be Bushranger’s turn tomorrow morning.

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For tonight we are tucked in, cozy and secure, at the Big Chute Marina.

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I love this type of marina; friendly, uncomplicated and very homey…

P.S. t/3, s/3

12 Responses to “The Big Chute”

  1. Daffy June 22, 2016 at 19:03 #

    Outstanding! You might find this one in Russia interesting.

    • MrsB June 22, 2016 at 20:06 #

      That Russian thing makes this little Canadian one look like small potatoes, doesn’t it?

  2. rodcrobinson June 22, 2016 at 19:32 #

    Wow very cool!!

    • MrsB June 22, 2016 at 20:05 #

      …without a doubt!

  3. rodcrobinson June 22, 2016 at 19:33 #

    And beautiful scenery – that’s Canada for you

    • MrsB June 22, 2016 at 20:04 #

      totally gorgeous!

  4. jdepodwin June 22, 2016 at 23:15 #

    Can’t wait to see pictures of the Big Chute Railway tomorrow. Amazing experiences with all the locks you have been through over the last month or so.

    • MrsB June 23, 2016 at 08:09 #

      true, it’s been amazing!

  5. Heather June 23, 2016 at 06:13 #

    Unbelievable! And breathtaking!

    • MrsB June 23, 2016 at 08:10 #

      …can’t wait to actually go on it!

  6. Pat August 1, 2016 at 17:07 #

    Testing again

    • MrsB August 1, 2016 at 17:12 #

      all the tests (3) made it through!

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