An Uplifting Sunday – Canada Adventure Day 3

A Sunday afternoon walk

It was a pleasure to  attend church with  the Van Essen’s on Sunday. The openness and friendly atmosphere made it a special time! We enjoyed a walk andJonathan helps opporate one of the older locks picnic lunch by a lock. Some of us had never  seen one before this vacation. the closed gates had a little leakWe were fascinated to watch the boats enter the lock from the side of the  waterway where the water level was lower.  The gates closed The gates open and let the boats out of the lock.behind the boats and the lock filled with water up to the level of water on the other side of the lock. The gates opened letting the boats sail out onto the higher water. The whole process took about 15-30 minutes.

Gazing up at the rising boat lift

The Peterborough lift lock! Then the Van Essen’s took us to see the highest  hydraulic boat lifts in the world – The Peterborough lift lock.  The difference in water level was so drastic (65 ft) that the boat lifts actually moved up and down like an elevator! They were huge!Having our picture taken with the uplifting family!

Gazing down at the uplifting locks But it was more then just  site-seeing because the time spent getting there and back was filled with edifying conversation. What a blessing to spend time with such a spiritually uplifting family.


  1. James August 25, 2008 at 8:35 pm #

    Those locks were so unique. It was fascinating how they all worked too. Both the smaller locks and large lift lock were very inginuative. Nothing electrical, everything by gravity and hydraulics.

    And you are so right about the VanEssens being so uplifting! I very much appreciated the wisdom and hospitality displayed in their family.

  2. Crystal August 27, 2008 at 1:05 pm #

    I was wondering how y’alls trip to Canada went. We visited Sault St. Marie
    (pronounced Sue) and saw the locks there. Mom loved it. It is something really neat to see.

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