We headed to Peterborough Marina, in Ontario and after a long 8 hour day and 40 miles, we cleaned up the boat then strolled around town to find an Irish pub, McThirsty’s Pint Larry had a Moosehead beer — Canada’s Oldest Independent Brewery. We headed back to the boat and had some great Indian Food at a local place near the marina.
The next morning we set out early at 8 AM to be at the first lock in Ashburnham, but several other boaters had the same idea, so we had to wait to lock through about 30 minutes.
The Peterborough Lift lock lifts boats 65 feet high in the worlds tallest lift lock. Boats enter the “Pan” and the weight of the boats displace the water. Then the lock doors are closed and another 1 foot of water is added to the upper lock, which adds roughly 700 tons to the weight of the upper pan and makes the two pans shift up / down in relation to the other. The lock movement took just a minute or two — it was a very quick 65 feet! The museum for this famous lift lock was closed due to COVID.