Since our last progress post was over a week ago, it’s time for an update!
We left Halifax July 27th for an overnight sail to Saint Peter’s Canal. It was a cold one, foggy and uneventful with us staying bundled up the whole trip.
We arrived late Tuesday morning at the canal. The canal opens on demand during the day, and the staff was there to help us tie up. We had to fill out some information, like our plans and CG number. The transfer in the lock was easy…wait for the doors behind you to close, the water raises or lowers about 4 feet, and then the doors in front of you open. You wait on channel 10 for the call, and the lock master gets in their car and drives to the nearby bridge to open it for you. Once you get the call, cast off and the bridge opens!
Immediately to the left of the canal is the Lions Club Marina. We stopped at their fuel dock for a pump out ($17 CAD) and then anchored in the small bay. They had moorings available but we weren’t too keen on paying after paying for dockage in Halifax every night.
The water was incredibly calm. We dingyed to the dingy dock to take a look around, stopping at the canal and venturing up to the Battery Park office. Unfortunately the clouds that had been over us all day we’re starting to release, and we were tired from an overnight sail, so it was back to the boat for early bed.
Thursday was much nicer, so we walked to the nearby coastal trail, which then led us back to the lock. As we were watching, Solaia, a yacht we saw in Halifax, came in through the lock with two sailboats! It was fun to watch and chat with each boat’s crew. The two sailboats were from Maine.
Saturday’s forecast kicked off many days of good weather so we took off for our next spot: MacNab’s Cove. Moving to MacNab’s Cove required about two hour’s worth of passage through Saint Peter’s Inlet, a winding channel. We picked MacNab’s Cove because our guidebook (given to us by Louise) says it is a great anchorage, just as good as the busier Cape George Harbour. Although the guide book recommended the sides to anchor, we decided to go smack dab in the middle. It’s 20 feet deep here and mud. The cove is picturesque. We have almost the whole place to ourselves, sharing it with a few houses, that we can barely see from here.
We spent a day with David working non-stop on our next video, with me reading. Yesterday, we were extremely productive running our generator and doing chores. In addition, we also pumped up the kayak and went for a paddle around the cove. Around one of the very small islands, another boat had come in and picked up a private mooring. We stopped to say hello and it turns out it was the owner of the beautiful house we had been admiring. This is his summer home, and he spends the rest of the year in Maryland.
We have greatly enjoyed the calm and solitude here. We’ve spotted a bald eagle several times (we think it’s the same one) and the sunsets have been spectacular, in part because the water is so calm. Instead of a Caribbean cabana, Starry Horizons has been magically transformed into a lake front cabin – and we are not complaining.
Today we are departing to sail west about two hours to Crammond Islands. From there, we have a few spots targeted to hit as we make our way up the north shore of the lake to Baddeck.