portion of the Waterway flows along the waters of Sparrow Lake,
Severn River and Gloucester Pool. A look at Lock #42 -
Couchiching Lock. A nice spot to spend a day and night or two;
Passing up bound through Lock $43 - Swift Rapids lock. This lock has
highest lift of any of the conventional locks on the system, raising
and lowering boats 47 feet;
Here is a video clip passing
through the Severn River, traveling eastward from Lock #43 (Swift
Rapids Lock) to Lock #42 (Couchiching Lock). This 8 minute video was
compressed from a two hour 'real time' clip;
Lock #42 (Couchiching) one enters the Severn
River and Trent Canal. Bordered by waterfront homes and cottages, this
gentle stretch runs up to Sparrow Lake. Beyond Sparrow,
the river displays a more rugged and untamed nature.
landscape is most impressive at the Big
(Lock #44), where boaters change elevations by way of a marine railway.
The railway car moves on tracks into the water, where boaters simply
drive over it, awaiting remotely operated straps to lift them out of
the water. Once loaded, the railway car moves up and over the summit of
the Chute and back down to the opposing body of water where the boats
are off loaded and simply drive away form the railway car.
Have a look at a great weekend voyage from Lock 43, Swift Rapids, over the Big Chute Marine Railway and on to Port Severn.;
The heavily forested
shoreline of the Severn River area is pierced by rocky granite outcrops
of the Canadian Shield.
route takes the traveler through a constantly changing vista with
everything from blue water bays, narrow passages, man made cuts and
through McDonald's Cut on the Severn River;
hardy nature can be enjoyed
on the waterway, at anchor in one of the protected bays, or docked at a
local marina. The
views and memories are sure to keep you wanting to return
again and again.
. . .
Current (Lock #43) has the highest lift (47 feet) of all the
conventional locks. It was built to replace a temporary marine railway
that had serviced that spot.
Did you know that, although The Big Chute Marine Railway is the only
one of it's
kind in North America, there is actually 2 of them?
The second sits
a couple hundred feet to the north and was the original, much smaller
railway. Built in 1911, it is only used if the current one were to
break down, or need servicing. The current one was constructed as it's
replacement in 1977.
The lock at Port Severn (#45) is the narrowest, at only 23
from Port Severn
in the early morning . . .