Canadian Treasure….

THIS  Historical Site is one of Canada’s treasures. The fully working marine railway is the only one in North America. Big Chute is Lock 44 of 45 on the Trent – Severn Waterway, linking Lake Huron and Lake Ontario.

The photos are set up to give everyone a sense of how the railway operates. It may be Canada’s treasure but thousands of Canadians and Americans each year take their boats through the waterway. (386k or 240 mi.)…and as thousands more tourists pour into the Muskokas by car each summer, they too visit.

Facts:

Boats are loaded onto a carriage partially submerged in water. Slings and inflation devices secure the boats. Four electric motors, operate the massive cables taking the carriage along two railway tracks – from the water, up an incline with a lift of 58 feet (17.7 meters) high, over the main roadway and then back into the water, where, the  boats are unloaded. They then reload with craft going in the opposite direction and return to the lower lake.

How exciting it would be to ride in a boat through the chute for the first time? I just need to get up enough nerve to ask someone to take me with them!  Maybe that will be a goal this summer….

RAMP JUST COMING OUT OF WATER. SEE YELLOW STRAP HOLDING IT IN PLACE.

COMING OUT OF WATER. SEE STRAP HOLDING IT IN PLACE.

CABLES

CABLES

MOVING ALONG THE RAIL

MOVING ALONG THE RAIL

AT TOP OF HILL OVERLOOKING LAKE

AT TOP OF HILL OVERLOOKING LAKE

LOOKING UP!

LOOKING UP!

CROSSING THE ROAD

CROSSING THE ROAD

ALMOST DONE....

ALMOST DONE….

UNLOADING - READY FOR THE NEXT TRANSPORT

UNLOADING – READY FOR THE NEXT TRANSPORT

Hope you enjoyed the blog today.  Thanks for stopping by…..

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