We left Kingston, Ontario Monday morning with a beautiful sunrise and very little wind for a change. We will be navigating about 70 miles today to Trenton, Ontario. When cruising from Kingston toward Trenton and the Murray Canal we have two options. We can cruise either the north or south side of Amherst Island and Prince Edward County. Both passages offer splendid cruising but we will be taking the northern route its more protected, shorter in distance, and more popular.
We will be traveling on the Bay of Quinte a long narrow 60 mile bay shaped like the letter “Z” on the northern shores of Lake Ontario. It is just west of the head of the Saint Lawrence River that drains the Great Lakes into the Gulf of Saint Lawrence. The name “Quinte” is derived from “Kente” which was the name of an early French catholic mission located on the north shore of what is now Prince Edwards County. The Quinte area played a vital role in bootlegging during Prohibition in the United States, with large volumes of booze being produced in the area, and shipped via boat on the Bay to Lake Ontario finally arriving in NY state where it was distributed.
We had a beautiful day for navigating even if we did run into some rain, but it didn’t last long. When we arrived at the marina we were greeted by two very helpful and friendly dock hands.
We are staying at the Trenton Port Marina a very nice facility only two years old. The staff is very helpful and kind. They have a very nice boaters lounge with a TV, fire-place, nice bathroom facilities with showers, and free laundry and soap, what a deal.
There has to be about 30 looper boats in this marina coming and going, some we know and others we have not met. Tuesday evening we had a large dock party on I dock where most of the loopers are docked.
Trenton is the starting point for the Trent-Severn Waterway, which continues northwest to Peterborough and eventually Port Severn on the George Bay. The Trent River was known to the Mississauga as Sangichiwigewonk, or “fast flowing”. It was named after the River Trent in England. Trenton was also an important film production centre. In 1917 a film studio was built-in the town and a number of productions were filmed here. The construction of a RCAF Station Trenton a major Royal Canadian Air Force base just east of Trenton started in 1929 and continued through the 1930s. Canadian Forces Base Trenton/ 8 Wing located on the east side of the town is an important facility for the Royal Canadian Air Forces’s transport and search and rescue operations and is Trentons’ main employer. We see and hear the Air Forces plans flying over the marina all the time.
Tuesday afternoon Kent, Johnny, Liz, and I all went for a walk to see what the town offered. They have a few stores on main street, banks, Metro a grocery store, and a farmers market on Thursday and Saturday. We stopped at the Bistro Pub on the river front for a drink and good WIFI.
Liz and I went to the farmers market Thursday morning. There was not a lot of vegetables as the weather has been very rainy and the produce is not faring very well with all the water. I did buy some home-made jam and fresh strawberries.
We have not been doing much as all it does is rain very day, if were lucky the sun does shine later in the afternoon. This was the sunset a couple of different nights in-between the rain storms.
Of course we had to try the famous butter tart, some say its 100 percent Canadian. It’s an individual flaky round pastry shell filled with a gooey buttery filling that’s semi-solid with a crunchy top. Taste testing is almost a patriotic duty offering a delicious way to sink our teeth into Canadian history. They are so rich but very good we had plain, raisin, and pecan.
The whole province of Canada is gearing up for their holiday Saturday July 1st. Not only is it Canada’s birthday but this is their 150 year celebration. Canada Day is a federal holiday it celebrates the anniversary of the July 1, 1867 enactment of the constitution act (then called the British North America Act, 1867) which united the three separate colonies of Canada, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick into a single Dominion within the British empire called Canada. Originally called Dominion Day the holiday was renamed in 1982, the year the Canada Act was passed. They celebrate it like we do our July 4th with fireworks, outdoor cooking, parades, barbecues and etc. This year loopers like us are able to enjoy their holiday with them and participate in the festivities. We were told Trenton has a great fire works display. This is the first year it’s on a barge straight out in front of our slip. Kent is in seventh heaven with that news about the fireworks.
Kent and I went with Johnny and Liz to the first lock so they could get their sticker and we could all see what it looks like. The water is very high with no wall to tie up to. This should be very interesting on Sunday when we are waiting for the lock.
Happy Canada Day to everyone from Canada especially Linda a dear friend from back home. We took the trolley across the bridge to Quine West and walked around to see all the family fun at Centennial Park. They had food vendors, old cars, firemen showing how hard they work with their drills, and music. I was glad it had stopped raining and the sun was shinning.
This is the sign light up at night on the bridge that we will going under tomorrow Sunday when we leave. “Gateway to the Trent Severn Waterway”
Now for the fire works we are ready.
Canada’s forth of July is celebrated on July 1st.