After conquering the “BIG CHUTE” (haha) we were faced with the challenge of the “LITTLE CHUTE”. This is a very narrow, fast current (that reaches up to 5 knots) channel that requires a security call or one long horn blast as you approach. It is a blind approach with an immediate 90 degree port turn.
Upon exiting, you enter the Gloucester Pool, with beautiful surroundings, and yet – we are ever aware of the rocks just beneath the surface!
While the channels offer wonderful, quiet and private anchorages, it is a little disturbing to run up on “Mister Speedo” (a chubby little guy in his tiny little speedo swimsuit!)
Okay, and why was Karen taking pictures of Mr. Speedo??????
The last and the smallest on the Trent Severn was lock #45. The attendants, as always, cranked open the big gates that would lead us into Georgian Bay (the next leg of our trip).
After leaving Port Severn we traveled south of Methodist Island to Victoria Harbor and arrived at our next stop – Queen’s Cove Marina in the township of Tay, Ontario. It was mid-afternoon and were delighted to have our second covered slip of the trip. We walked to “The Queen’s Quay British Pub & Restaurant” for a late lunch and to unwind after our morning Chute ride.
View from our covered slip………and our ever present Seagull friends were calling it a night on the roof! Jonathan is 12th. on the left.
Robin, the General Manager of the family owned marina, regularly sits with transient boaters in the gazebo to highlight the more beautiful spots along the Georgian Bay as they route and plan their journey.
We also met Lee, on Breeze, again. He was having some work done and was tucked between the marina’s shade trees for his time on the hard.
The Queen’s Quay British Pub & Restaurant was our getaway retreat for food and libation while at Queen’s Cove (no other loopers here for docktails..).
First day we shared Irish nachos (don’t ask) on the restaurant patio…..
…..second day we had BBQ ribs in the Pub……
and, we enjoyed a little Irish humor in the Pub…..
The marina was good enough to have the right spot set up for us to watch the sunsets….benches and adirondack chairs. The sun set after 9:00 pm. The days are really long in Canada!