The St. Lawrence Seaway system is connected by five short canals that bypass the rapids. They include 15 locks 766 feet in length that are filled and emptied by gravity. The Snell Lock raised us 45 feet. Truly an engineering marvel.
Along the way there are many interesting places to visit. In Ogdensburg, NY, tour the Frederic Remington Art Museum. Remington is famed for his bronze sculptures of the Old West. Walk around the waterfront where there are signboards detailing Ogdensburg’s role in the Revolutionary War. There are so many interesting personal stories. It seems that the Sheriff Joseph York was left alone to man the cannon against hundreds of British soldiers at which point the British commander raised his hand to cease firing and said, “… there stands too brave a man to shoot.”
The western end of the St. Lawrence is home to the 1000 Islands and Millionaire’s Row. One such place is the five-story Singer Castle that the owners referred to as their “hunting lodge.” The owner, Frederick Bourne, was president of the Singer Sewing Machine Company. Singer Castle has 28 rooms and secret passageway. The secret passages were used by the servants so they could spy on the diners to see when it was time to serve the next course and maybe for other less appropriate reasons. It is possible to stay in the Royal Suite.
Before leaving the St. Lawrence River stop at Clayton’s Antique Boat Museum, a boat-enthusiast’s dream come true with every kind of boat from Native American dugouts to private luxury yachts to Gold Cup Boats. Check out the collapsible boats, the one made out of paper, and the one that was a cape that could be pumped up to be a boat.
To make the river trip even more interesting buy the book “Know Your Ships” which list all the ships – salties and freshwater ones – that ply the Seaway. The book gave a lot of information on the vessels – country of registry, cargo and other information.
The places can be visited from land, except for Dark Island which is only accessible by boat. For those who do not have their own consider Blount Small Ship Adventures. For more information check blountsmallshipadventures.com and visit1000islands.com.
People of Québec…Then and Now features meetings with characters from the past and the discovery of collection objects from bygone eras. Original films and archive montages bring the exhibition to life and immerse you in the heart of Québec’s history. The social and economic history of the province is blended with the political history through several themes, such as the opening of the regions in the 19th century, the development of Québec urbanism, the multicultural face of Québec society and its often overlooked early modernity.