Canoes....and more canoes
Trip Start Sep 26, 2012
20Trip End Nov 16, 2012
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Where I stayed
Liz's Uncles House
Anyway, Liz's uncle lives in a modern condo in the little town of Lakefield a few miles from Peterborough, north west of Toronto.
The area doesn't possess a wealth of things worth seeing but we went to see the Lift Lock (a lock on a canal that isn't like gates you open and close yourself but a huge machine that you drive your boat into and it takes you down 100 feet or so to the lower level (or vice versa) and off you go again
Then off to the Canadian Canoe Museum, which contains 160 canoes and has another 600 in its back-up storage. And I can hear you yawning already! But actually it was fascinating as it really told the story of Canada before the Europeans and then the arrival of Fench and English traders and the way they travelled around (in canoes - needless to say!) with fascinating facts like the number of paddle strokes these traders made each day in their big trading canoes (50 strokes a minute, 30,000 a day - which is why they ate pounds of pemmican a day, euivalent to 11 Big Macs.
Interesting enough walking round the small town, visiting the post office to send off the response to my speeding summons and to hear Uncle Michael'story and how he copes with the extremes of weather (snow on the way!) supported by visits from his three daughters and his grandchildren.