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Old Jan 9, 2012, 6:17 PM   #1
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Went for a walk along the Welland Canal ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Welland_Canal) to get a close look while the water is out for the season. The Canal stops operating at the end of December and re-opens around the middle of March. During this period, the Canal is emptied of water and maintenance is carried out at various bridges, locks, etc.

#1 The Canal between Locks 2 and 3, looking north (towards Lake Ontario).
#2 The Canal beneath the Garden City Skyway (Queen Elizabeth Highway crosses the Canal here).
#3. The Canal looking towards Lock 3 (south).
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Old Jan 10, 2012, 8:55 AM   #2
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WOW this is great to see, I traveled down the Welland Canal going from home near Lake St Clair to Toronto in 1985 with friends on 2 cabin cruisers for a week vacation in Toronto. We traveled down the Detroit river past Detroit then the length of Lake Erie past Toledo and Cleveland Ohio. We past Buffalo NY down the canal and across Lake Ontario taking several days. We stayed on the boats both 30' right on the waterfront in downtown Toronto. It was quite a trip going down the canal and locks with freighters. The freighters have the right of way over pleasure boats and they don't allow pleasure boats in the same lock with a freighter. It was daunting looking up the steel walls of a 700' ship being that close. Even back then it cost us over $1000 for fuel per boat but split between 2 couples and including lodging it wasn't that bad. With no water the canal looks deceivingly small, It is over 26' deep and wide enough for 2 freighters to pass safely. Cool shots and a great memory. Thanks for posting


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WOW this is great to see, I traveled down the Welland Canal going from home near Lake St Clair to Toronto in 1985 with friends on 2 cabin cruisers for a week vacation in Toronto. We traveled down the Detroit river past Detroit then the length of Lake Erie past Toledo and Cleveland Ohio. We past Buffalo NY down the canal and across Lake Ontario taking several days. We stayed on the boats both 30' right on the waterfront in downtown Toronto. It was quite a trip going down the canal and locks with freighters. The freighters have the right of way over pleasure boats and they don't allow pleasure boats in the same lock with a freighter. It was daunting looking up the steel walls of a 700' ship being that close. Even back then it cost us over $1000 for fuel per boat but split between 2 couples and including lodging it wasn't that bad. With no water the canal looks deceivingly small, It is over 26' deep and wide enough for 2 freighters to pass safely. Cool shots and a great memory. Thanks for posting
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There are a lot of smaller boats both motor and sail that go through the Canal between Lakes Ontario and Erie during the summer. Often there will be a group of 2 or more. I'm not sure whether they are travelling together or just join up for the Canal transit.

Two summers ago I went on a tour of part of the Erie Canal down by Herkimer, New York. The Captain of the tour boat said some boaters, called "Loopers" will go through the Erie Canal, the Great lakes to Chicago, the Mississippi down to the Gulf and over to Florida and up the east coast to New York. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_loop

Thanks for looking and commenting.

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There are a lot of smaller boats both motor and sail that go through the Canal between Lakes Ontario and Erie during the summer.
When we went down and up the locks the operators would wait for several pleasure craft to enter the locks before raising or lowering us. There was no charge to using the canal or the locks. I hear that freighters sometimes give little trinkets in the form of alcohol to the lock operators for future considerations. We were held up at several locks to allow freighters to pass before us as they have the right of way and for them time is money. It was an exciting and interesting trip.

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