FRIDAY JUNE 15, 2018
Muskoka Locks Driving Tour (Trent-Severn Waterway)
The tour will feature three types of locks used in the Trent-Severn waterway, a canal system initially conceived for military purposes, then commercial considerations and finally recreational use by the time it was finished. Our tour will kick off in Brechin, east of Lake Simcoe and south of Orillia. The firs stop will be the Kirkfield Lift Lock, originally completed in 1907, and modernized in 1969. This is the smaller of the lift locks on the Trent-Severn waterway, with a lift of 49 feet. The route from Kirkfield will head north west through Washago, taking a brief blast up Highway 11 to follow Route 13, a wonderful route that dances over the Canadian Shield into Bala where we will stop for lunch. After lunch, we will head out along Highway 38, full of nice sweeping curves to Highway 400 for a short run down to Route 34, which will take us to the Big Chute Marine Railway. Originally built in 1917, the current carriage is the third, completed in 1978, and is capable of carrying boats up to 100 feet long. It is an impressive feat of engineering. After a visit we will continue to Port Severn, where we will visit a classic lock, which is also the last lock of the Trent-Severn system before Georgian Bay. We will have a brief stop for refreshments, after which participants can arrange to return to the GTA or enjoy a weekend in cottage country.