America's Great Loop
|Both the St. Lawrence Seaway and the Erie Canal are the tallest water staircases west of China. The Locks will raise your boat 552
feet from sea level to Lake Erie. Or is you wish, you can take the Trent-Severn Waterway to Lake Huron.
The locks raise your boat to a height equal to a 60-story high rise building. Each lock is 766 feet in length, 80 feet wide, and 30 feet deep.
Each lock fills with approximately 24 million gallons of water in just 7 to 10 minutes. Getting through a lock normally takes about 45 minutes.
During the boating season, more than 2,000 US pleasure craft pass through the St. Lawrence Seaway. US pleasure craft are welcome, but they
must be at least 20 ft. in length and weigh over one ton. There are special docks and tie-up areas along the seaway for pleasure boaters, equipped
with telephones, and Seaway staff will help with the tie-up in the lock chambers.
|Getting there is half the fun . . . If you have the time, cruising Canada is certainly worth your time. While
you will miss at least the majority of the Erie Canal, what lies ahead of you in Canada is one of the most
wonderful scenic inland cruising and on shore experiences in the world.
|Loopers voyaging in a counter-clockwise direction (which most do) that wish to cruise Canada, have 2 (two) popular routes to
reach Canada and the Canadian Heritage Canals.
will take you across Lake Ontario to Kingston, Ontario either directly or with a variety of scenic courses that can take one day or several days,
depending upon your sightseeing choices. From Kingston, you will head a short distance west to Trenton and enter the Trent-Severn
2. You can also choose to bypass the Erie Canal altogether, and take the Hudson River north to enter the Lake Champlain route. This route will
take you north to the St. Lawrence Seaway where just 60 miles beyond Quebec City you will find the 5th most popular Blue Whale watching spot
in the World.
cuise both the Trent-Severn Waterway, which crosses through the Trenton River, Kawartha Lakes, Lake Simcoe and the Severn River, for a total
distance of about 240 miles - and the Rideau Waterway which links Ottawa to Kingston and offers a fantastic 125 mile journey. Or you can visit
Toronto on Lake Ontario, and then continue your cruise on to Lake Erie via Canada's Welland Canal - which will allow you to enter Lake Erie,
southeast of Buffalo and the Niagara River.
|When cruising Canada
you get to see Mt. Rushmore
from the Canadian side!
|I love Toronto. It is one of those
places (like Boston) I could just eat my
way through. Fantastic seafood,
Oriental restaurants, street markets,
and their own 'China Town'.
The Royal Ontario Museum is the
largest and best I've ever seen, and
definitely worth spending a day (if not
two). Toronto's culinary scene is one of
the best in the country. And there is
plenty of it withing walking distance of
the Down Town Municipal Marina.
It is certainly worth a few nights stay, a
long weekend or even a week. Check it
out. . . You will be glad you did.
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