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C R U IS IN G D E S T IN A T IO N

P o r t S e v e r n 's H is t o r ic L o c k 4 5
P r e s e n t s a n Id y llic B o a t in g E x p e r ie n c e
S to ry | B la k e M a rc h a n d

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s th e fin a l lin k b e tw e e n L a k e O n ta rio a n d G e o rg ia n
B a y, P o rt S e v e rn 's L o c k 4 5 is th e g a te w a y to th e b e a u tifu l T re n t-S e v e rn W a te rw a y. T h e first a n d sm a lle st
lo c k to b e c o n stru c te d o n th e S e v e rn p o rtio n , L o c k 4 5 is
e n tre n c h e d in C a n a d ia n H isto ry a n d is w o rth th e trip in itse lf.
H o w e v e r, it is th e w a te rw a y a n d its id y llic su rro u n d in g s th a t w ill
k e e p y o u c o m in g b a c k .
T h e c a n a l c o n n e c ts L a k e O n ta rio a n d L a k e H u ro n w ith a n
e a ste rn te rm in u s in T re n to n a n d a w e ste rn te rm in u s in P o rt
S e v e rn . Its a m a zin g n a tu ra l w a te rw a y s in c lu d e th e T re n t R iv e r,
O to n a b e e R iv e r, T h e K a w a rth a L a k e s, L a k e S im c o e , L a k e
C o u c h ic h in g a n d S e v e rn R iv e r.
B e in g su c h c ritic a l in fra stru c tu re , P a rk s C a n a d a h a s c o m m itte d $ 4 8 -m illio n in to im p ro v in g m u ltip le a sse ts in th e c o m m u n ity, in c lu d in g L o c k 4 5 , tw o fixe d b rid g e s a n d fiv e d a m s. A lth o u g h
th e tw o fixe d b rid g e s w ill b e c lo se d fo r th e se a so n th e w a te rw a y
a n d w a te r le v e ls w ill n o t b e a ffe c te d . P a rk s C a n a d a is d e d ic a te d
to m a in ta in in g w a te r le v e ls so th a t th e b o a tin g se a so n is n o t
a d v e rse ly a ffe c te d , a n d w a te rfro n t p ro p e rtie s a re sa fe .
C o n stru c tio n w ill b e c o m p le te d in se q u e n c e s a n d m a n a g e d
th ro u g h d a m slu ic e s a n d te m p o ra ry b y p a ss stru c tu re s to e n su re
w a te rs a re still n a v ig a b le . T h e c o n stru c tio n is e xp e c te d to b e
c o m p le te d in M a rc h o f 2 0 2 1 . T h u s fa r, th e B a y v ie w D a m E a n d
fixe d b rid g e , a s w e ll a s th e b lin d d a m C a re "su b sta n tiv e ly c o m p le te ," a s p e r P a rk s C a n a d a .
T h e o v e ra ll in v e stm e n t in th e T re n t-S e v e rn W a te rw a y to ta ls
$ 6 1 5 -m illio n .
T h e in fra stru c tu re se rv e s a c o u p le o f p u rp o se s. M itig a tin g
flo o d risk s, p ro te c tin g h e rita g e stru c tu re s a n d la n d sc a p e s, a s
w e ll a s p ro v id in g a u n iq u e ly C a n a d ia n d e stin a tio n fo r to u rism .
T h e im p o rta n c e o f th e T re n t-S e v e rn W a te rw a y is d e e p ly
ro o te d in th e h isto ry o f its su rro u n d in g a re a , p ro v id in g p a ssa g e
fro m L a k e O n ta rio to G e o rg ia n B a y, w h ile a lso p ro v id in g a n e c o n o m ic a n d re c re a tio n a l sta p le . T o w a rd th e e n d o f th e 1 9 th c e n tu ry th e S e v e rn R iv e r su p p o rte d th e lu m b e r in d u stry o p e ra tin g
o u t o f P o rt S e v e rn a n d W a sh a g o , a n d in 1 8 9 9 th e riv e r w a s h a r-

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C a n a d ia n Y a c h t in g

n e sse d to p ro d u c e h y d ro e le c tric ity a t T h e B ig C h u te . T h e e c o n o m ic p o te n tia l o f th e a re a d ro v e b o th se ttle m e n t a n d to u rism .
A ro u n d th e tu rn o f th e c e n tu ry th e re w a s c o n sid e ra b le p u b lic
su p p o rt to c o m p le te a th ro u g h w a te rw a y. H o w e v e r, d e te rm in a tio n o f th e e xa c t ro u te to c o m p le te th e c a n a l p ro v id e d so m e
p o litic a l tu rb u le n c e . T h e L ib e ra l g o v e rn m e n t u ltim a te ly le ft th e
d e c isio n to th e e n g in e e rs o n th e p ro je c t. E .J. W a lsh su rv e y e d
th re e ro u te s fro m 1 9 0 4 to 1 9 0 6 , se le c tin g th e S e v e rn R iv e r w a s
a s th e p re fe rre d ro u te . T h e o th e r tw o ro u te s W a lsh su rv e y e d
c o n siste d o f a lo n g a rtific ia l c h a n n e l fro m O rillia to M a tc h e d a sh
B a y ; a n d a ro u te a lo n g th e N o tta w a sa g a R iv e r fro m K e m p e n fe lt
B a y to N o tta w a sa g a B a y.
C a n a d a 's D e p a rtm e n t o f R a ilw a y s a n d C a n a ls b e g a n d e v e lo p in g th e S e v e rn se c tio n o f th e c a n a l in 1 9 1 4 , h o w e v e r th e c o n stru c tio n a n d d e v e lo p m e n t o f lo c k s a n d a rtific ia l c h a n n e ls w a s
slo w e d b y th e sta rt o f th e F irst W o rld W a r. T h e c o n stru c tio n w a s
te n d e re d in 1 9 1 3 to Y o rk C o n stru c tio n a n d c o m p le te d in 1 9 1 5 .
T h e B ig C h u te , S w ift R a p id s, a n d C o u c h ic h in g lo c k s w e re c o m p le te d in 1 9 1 8 , 1 9 ', a n d 2 0 '.
"Ju st a d e c a d e o r so e a rlie r, P o rt S e v e rn h a d fa c e d a n u n c e rT o p : L o c k 4 5 is o p e n to n a v ig a tio n in a n d o u t o r G e o rg ia n
B a y fo r th e 2 0 19 b o a tin g s e a s o n .
P h o t o : R T 0 7 B r u c e / G r e y / S im c o e & O n t a r io 's L a k e C o u n t r y

In s e t: L o c k 4 5 a e ria l v ie w b e fo re c o n s tru c tio n .
P h o to : P a rk s C a n a d a - T re n t S e v e rn W a te rw a y

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Canadian Yachting June 2019

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Canadian Yachting June 2019

At the Helm: Precious Memories
Special Feature: Could You Lease Your New Yacht?
Travel Destination: Port Severn’s Historic Lock 45
The Galley Guys: Scheuermann Vineyard & Winery
DIY/Tech: Gasoline Containing Ethanol.
Travel Destination: A Water Wonderland
DIY/Tech: Kingston Anchors
Seamanship: Good Samaritans - Rules and Risks
Power Review: Yamaha WaveRunner FX Cruiser SVHO
The Port Hole: June 2019
Power Review: Wellcraft 242 Fisherman
Power Review: Four Winns HD 180
Crossing the Line: Gently Down the Stream
Canadian Yachting June 2019 - Intro
Canadian Yachting June 2019 - Cover1
Canadian Yachting June 2019 - Cover2
Canadian Yachting June 2019 - At the Helm: Precious Memories
Canadian Yachting June 2019 - 4
Canadian Yachting June 2019 - 5
Canadian Yachting June 2019 - Special Feature: Could You Lease Your New Yacht?
Canadian Yachting June 2019 - 7
Canadian Yachting June 2019 - 8
Canadian Yachting June 2019 - 9
Canadian Yachting June 2019 - 10
Canadian Yachting June 2019 - 11
Canadian Yachting June 2019 - Travel Destination: Port Severn’s Historic Lock 45
Canadian Yachting June 2019 - 13
Canadian Yachting June 2019 - 14
Canadian Yachting June 2019 - 15
Canadian Yachting June 2019 - The Galley Guys: Scheuermann Vineyard & Winery
Canadian Yachting June 2019 - 17
Canadian Yachting June 2019 - 18
Canadian Yachting June 2019 - DIY/Tech: Gasoline Containing Ethanol.
Canadian Yachting June 2019 - Travel Destination: A Water Wonderland
Canadian Yachting June 2019 - 21
Canadian Yachting June 2019 - 22
Canadian Yachting June 2019 - 23
Canadian Yachting June 2019 - DIY/Tech: Kingston Anchors
Canadian Yachting June 2019 - 25
Canadian Yachting June 2019 - 26
Canadian Yachting June 2019 - 27
Canadian Yachting June 2019 - Seamanship: Good Samaritans - Rules and Risks
Canadian Yachting June 2019 - 29
Canadian Yachting June 2019 - Power Review: Yamaha WaveRunner FX Cruiser SVHO
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Canadian Yachting June 2019 - The Port Hole: June 2019
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Canadian Yachting June 2019 - Power Review: Wellcraft 242 Fisherman
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Canadian Yachting June 2019 - Power Review: Four Winns HD 180
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Canadian Yachting June 2019 - Crossing the Line: Gently Down the Stream
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