The Soo Locks raise and lower ships 21 feet between
Lake Michigan and Lake Superior and are located on the St Mary’s River
between Sault Ste Marie Michigan, and Sault Ste Marie Ontario
with the International Bridge spanning the St Mary’s River between the two. . .
The Canadian border crossing was the typical. . .
so. . .you’re from Texas. . .why are you here. . .
do you have guns. . where are your guns. . .don’t you travel with guns?
hand back the passports. . .have a nice day. . .off we go!
I had researched TripAdvisor before we headed over. . .
nothing extremely captivating. . .but we did explore this boardwalk,
located at the park across the street from the mall. . .
Dave caught this fortuitous shot of the Canadian Coast Guard
with the Boardwalk and the Mall in the background. . .nice!
another thing on the TripAdvisor List. . .
my favorite thing of the day was watching this
Coast Guard Cutter go through the locks
from this observation tower at the Soo Locks Visitor Center. . .
located on the American Side of the Locks.
and being able to see this aerial view of the locks,
also at the Visitor Center. . .
the four locks on the left are the American Soo Locks
with the Original Canadian Lock, completed in 1895. . .
closed in 1987, rebuilt and reopened in 1997
We learned a lot in the Soo Visitor Center. . .
if you go to the locks I recommend it more than
I recommend the Boat Tour. . .
For those of you interested here’s the album
the Soo Canal Boat Tour. . .what can I tell you?
we went in the American Lock. . .
they raised us up 21 feet to the level of Lake Superior. . .
there was a ship in the lock next to us. . .
that was interesting!
we rode around Lake Superior for a bit. . .not much to see over there
the International Border Marker
I found it interesting that some of these rolls of steel weigh 40,000 lbs,
which is approximately the same weight as our entire motorhome. . .unloaded, of course!
back through the Canadian lock,
which was rebuilt inside the frame of the original lock. . .
an original gate from 1895. . .no longer in operation
a beautiful park alongside the Canadian Lock. . .
Canadian Lock entertainment. . .
they lowered us back down 21 feet to the level of the St Mary’s River
we went back to the boat dock. . .
That’s what Dave and I decided. . .one and done. . .
we are horrible tourists. . .right?
We thoroughly enjoyed exploring the locks in Seattle. . .
walking down along them, and reading all the signs. . .
and we enjoyed the locks on the Erie Canal in Ohio. . .
walking along them,
watching the boat traffic. . .reading the signs. . .
taking a boat tour through the locks. . .mmmm. . .not so much,
but if you think it’s something you would enjoy,
then by all means. . .please. . .you must. . .absolutely!
til next time,
Janice and Dave