We left Halifax July 27th for an overnight sail to St Peter’s Lock. It was a cold one, foggy and uneventful, with us staying bundled up the whole trip.
We arrived late Tuesday morning at the St Peter’s Lock. The lock 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 lockmaster 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 took the dinghy to the 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 an early bed.
The next day, Wednesday, was gray, cold and rainy again. We stayed onboard the whole time, running the generator to make water and do laundry. We also took advantage of the free wifi!
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.
Once the weather did clear up, we took off to cruise the Bras d’Or Lakes.