July 7th, 2005
We took a two hour car ferry ride from Tobermory to Manitaulin island.
|The "mouth" of the Chi-Cheemaun car ferry.|
|Nina on the ferry with the Big Tub lighthouse in the background.|
| We managed to get some really nice photos
of the Cove Island
Lighthouse from the ferry.
|Straight out of a lighthouse calendar....|
Some sights on Manatoulin island.
|The following are pictures from our drive across Manatoulin Island.|
|A lovely old church.|
|Looks like this church has weathered a few storms.|
|A lovely river on the island.|
The Old Stone House at Sault St. Marie.
| This historic house in Sault (pronounced "Soo")
St. Marie called the
Old Stone House was right across the street from our hotel
(the worst hotel of the entire trip by a landslide).
| A variety of governors, postmasters and
business entrepreneurs lived in
this house. The house was used as a central community meeting center.
|An old smoke house and carriage house.|
|This one has it's own label.|
| This was the "winter" kitchen, the "summer" kitchen was
separate from the
house so that the house didn't get too hot in summer
and was also safe from fire.
| The backside of the summer
kitchen, where girls dressed in colonial
garb were cooking corn bread in the original dutch oven.
We walked a good distance along the boardwalk in Sault St. Marie.
|Nina posing during our haborside walk.|
|Nina is also obsessed with Canadian geese!!!!|
|This is one of roughly 15 geese photos that didn't get deleted!!!!|
The locks connecting lakes Huron and Superior.
The Lake Huron side of the "Soo" locks. Lake Huron sits several
meters lower than Lake Superior and there are very dangerous rapids
between the two. The locks make the voyage safe and easy.
|The water in between the locks was at the Lake Superior level.|
| Another view from the Lake Huron side. We
were able to walk right
across the locks themselves.
|The locks from the Lake Superior side.|
|One of the many old houses near the locks.|
|The director of the canal system's house.... not bad!!!!|
|Nina LOVES this house!!!!!!!!!!!!|
| A closeup view of the mechanism that rotates the
swing gate in place
when either one of the locks fails.
|One of the massive swing gates.|
|The other swing gate.|
| We were lucky enough to see a tour boat go through the
locks while we
|The lock on the Lake Superior side is opening to allow the boat in.|
| The boat is trapped and
the water is about to be let out to the Lake
| The water on the Lake Huron side of the locks
gets pretty violent as
water from between the locks is released.
|Down they go!!!|
|Lower and lower.|
| The level of the water in between the locks is
now the same as the
Lake Huron side and it's safe to open the second lock.
|The lock is open and the boat is ready to go.|