Monday, September 04, 2006

Fenelon Falls

It's a rather dark day to be photographing a town that gets very quiet once the summer and weekend people go home. It's a holiday Monday. Maybe the dismal day is actually appropriate, as already, tourist area or no, many shops remained closed today. Traffic was mostly in one direction -- south, towards the GTA. But come along on my little tour anyhow. We may have a light drizzle or two, it's not that warm, but at least the wind is still kind.

In the photo above, we are standing under the bridge of the main road (Hwy 121), and only road, through the town of Fenelon Falls, looking at the lower gates of Trent Severn Waterway Lock 34. To our right, Hwy 121 above us becomes Colborne St. heading north, and to the left, Lindsay St. heading south.

Looking downstream from the lock towards the channel that leads towards Sturgeon Lake.

From the locks, looking northwards along Colborne Street.

The falls and the power plant. The canal, blasted out of limestone, would be behind us in the view above. The Trent Severn Waterway, 100 years old in 2004, travels over 386 kilometres of navigable rivers, lakes and man-made canals, to connect the Bay of Quinte on Lake Ontario with Georgian Bay.

Fishing along the side of the river is popular. Some of the fishermen I met speak no English, come from places such as Korea. Peeking into one bucket, I saw only the minnows I assumed was the bait. Nobody was catching any fish.


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