Ahem, still with me? Along that line, let me tell you what I did on my last stat holiday (this past Monday)...
Throughout all of the province of Ontario, there are approximately 250,000 bodies of water that are classified as lakes, more than 4,000 of them considered to be navigable by boat. So you see, Ontario is a land of water almost as much as it is land. Most of this water is in the distant north, many hours drive away from the Toronto region where I am. But within an easy 2 hour drive heading north and east is the whole "Kawartha Region" which includes about 16 very large freshwater lakes all of which are settled with hundred and hundreds of cottages. Every single one of these 16 lakes are within a 2 hour drive of my home. And running through this cottage country is the Trent-Severn. At some point in history, someone had the brilliant idea of connecting most of these lakes using existing rivers within the watershed, and some man-made canals. They are connected through a system of "locks" that accomodate the varying water levels and eliminate any un-navigable rapids. You can take a boat, even a 35-40 foot cruiser, all the way from Lake Ontario to Georgian Bay 386 km, or 240 miles).
So for those of us with a boat, cruising the Trent-Severn is a popular hobby. And there are a considerable amount of us with boats. Maybe not cabin cruisers, no, but motorized boats nonetheless. When I go jogging in my neighborhood, in fact, I pass at least 6 boats just within the 5 km radius of my run. And those are just the boats that are stored on driveways. There is a whole boat-storage industry out there making a mint off of people just like you or me, who can afford NOT to store it on their driveway.
This is my picture-story of our last cruise. For those of you without a boat, it is a perspective you just won't see elsewhere. Just because I love the water, I love this province, and and hopefully everyone in the GTA will see this and appreciate what we've got. (And maybe also so that everyone else who thinks its all snow and cold, crappy weather here gets to see otherwise...)
So this is the whole Trent-Severn. From Lake Ontario, which is so huge that you cannot see the other side due to the curvature of the earth, all the way to Georgian Bay. My hometown of Ajax is on Lake Ontario somewhere off this map due south of Beaverton. I'd say its a 2 hour drive to Trenton, its a 2 hour drive to Bobcaygeon, and a 2 hour drive to that part of Georgina Bay from my house. Roads don't go straight, or over the water for that matter.
On the right, I took this shot just as we pulled out of the marina. The water channel goes all the way up into the farthest point of sight, then turns left down a river. This is looking due north on the map to the northernmost tip of the lake.
Steve's just holding the rope and waiting for the water to drop. The man behind him is cranking open the water channels. See how cushy her job is? She gets to watch him open the water channels.
Ah, cottaging done right--on the island, just 100 meters from the locks and the centre of town....
So that's my tour of a day's boating on the Trent-Severn. We've had a really great, really hot summer this year. Monday brought a slightly cooler day-- 26 degrees celcius most of the day, a light breeze coming off the water. Not a cloud in the sky.
Not a bad day to put the boat in the water.
So, now its your turn. What did you do in your hometown or region this past weekend? What do you love about the place you live in?