Once through Little Current it became quieter again as the number of possible anchorages increases and the variety in the landscape offers different experiences.
This was our first introduction to the North Channel. Finally, we were going to be close to Killarney. Interior canoeing was our first love, and we have spend many weeklong trips circumnavigating the killarney provincial park.
This section of the trip was truly a highlight for us as we had passed by everything when we moved Vitae down to Lake Ontario, on our 40 hour trial by fire sail from Wiarton to Sarnia. Now we had the time to visit little hamlets like Bayfield and especially Port Elgin
Leaving Lake Erie’s west end we entered the Detroit River, passed through Lake St. Clair and the St. Clair River to finally get to the clear blue waters of Lake Huron.
Heading off into Lake Erie we were a bit concerned about the length of the lake, how we would break it up, and how to avoid the often choppy conditions found here…
The Welland Canal is always a challenge, and while we have come down the Canal a few years ago we have always been told that going up is far worse due to turbulence created…
After an overnight stay on the docks in Trenton, we spent the morning scrubbing the decks and generally cleaning up. This was the first really thorough clean of the decks this year and took us a couple of hours. So nice to have it ship shape again.
The inside passage is often used by pleasure craft to avoid the larger waves around the outside of Prince Edward County. As we were expecting some stronger seas, we decided to do this route over a couple of days. It had been a few years since we had sailed this area and we had some fond memories.
This is our shake-down cruise in more than one sense: It’s our first trip as gainfully retired, and it’s going to be our longest sailing adventure in both mileage and time. We will be gone until at least mid August.
This was Launch Day May 22, 2021 at 1pm at Iroquois Marine Services. We have always dreaded the departure from this spot due to the shallow and lengthy cut we must navigate to get to the St. Lawrence River.