Day 15             Friday September 4

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Looks like it's just a lot of water, but this is the entrance to the Canadian Locks at Sault Ste. Marie.

This morning we weighed anchor and left Batchawana Bay at 7:15. We motored for a couple of miles until the winds picked up and we hoisted sail. Light winds increasing to moderate. Cloudy with a bit of drizzle at first, then it cleared up as we entered St. Mary's River. After covering 35 nm today, we went through the Canadian locks at around 3:00.

cdnlock2.jpg (48159 bytes) < Exiting the Canadian Locks.

 

The Sault Ste. Marie Canal is a National Historic Site. Completed in 1895, at the time it was the longest lock in the world and the first to use electrical power. A failure of the lock wall in 1987 forced the closure of the lock for ten years. In 1995 the Government of Canada, Province of Ontario and City of Sault Ste. Marie entered into a joint agreement to repair the lock for recreational vessels only. It was repaired by constructing a smaller lock within the original lock, and opened in July of 1998.

 

 

 

 

After passing through the locks we tied up at the Roberta Bondar Marina in downtown Sault Ste. Marie. As well as being a Canada Customs check-in point, it offers all the amenities, and is within walking distance of many restaurants and stores.

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Roberta Bondar Marina. Behind is Sault Ste. Marie's cultural and event centre, the Roberta Bondar Pavilion.

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Another view of the Pavilion, and the St. Mary's River boardwalk.

Sault Ste. Marie was the end of my journey with Rod on INO. He continued down the St. Mary's River and through the north channel of Lake Huron to Lake Michigan.

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