Lost In Time: Old Water Fountain Hidden In Plain Sight Exposed At Lift Lock

During the rehabilitation work being done to the earth dams at the Lift Lock, crews found and exposed remnants from the original water fountain on the East side they knew was there from the 1900s (the Lift Lock itself opened in 1904) that has not been used in a long, long time.

Here is what it looks like now after trees were removed from around it...

Image courtesy Parks Canada

Image courtesy Parks Canada

It's literally been hiding in plain sight for many decades under all the tree growth and vegetation...

Image courtesy Parks Canada

Image courtesy Parks Canada

Here is what the functioning fountain looked like way back in the day (date unknown) with kids using it...

Historical image courtesy Parks Canada

Historical image courtesy Parks Canada

Parks Canada tells PTBOCanada they do not know much about the fountain, other that it was a known entity. 

Through the course of rehabilitating that big earth berm, it would be great to see the old fountain brought back to life. Only time will tells what happens from this Peterborough remnant of the past.

[Note that the water is not safe for drinking, as it is ground and canal water.]

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Rehabilitation Work Being Done To Earth Embankment Dams At Lift Lock & Trent-Severn Waterway

Many of you might have noticed the removal of trees and vegetation at the Earth dam at the Lift Lock.

Well the Lift Lock is one of several Earth embankment dams across the Trent-Severn Waterway that have been identified for rehabilitation or upgrades that may include repairs to washouts, removal of vegetation undermining their strength, and height increases.

Photo AT LIFT LOCK by Jay Callaghan

Photo AT LIFT LOCK by Jay Callaghan

According to Parks Canada, this work is being done to rehabilitate and strengthen earth dams—which are vital for flood mitigation and therefore the safety of visitors, residents and property.

Indeed, the long and the short is trees were never meant to be on a hill holding back water and some breaches were discovered in the earth dam a few years ago.

Picture via Parks Canada website

Picture via Parks Canada website

During phase one of the project, trees and shrubs growing along earth dams—which threaten the dam’s long-term integrity by creating places for seepage and erosion—are removed.

The plan is to remove stumps and to re-plant beneficial plants like milkweed and tall grasses at the dam sites.

Earth Dam rehabilitation is occuring across the Trent-Severn Waterway, as can be seen in this graph below...

Picture via Parks Canada website

Picture via Parks Canada website

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The Lift Lock Was Once Featured In The Saturday Evening Post

The iconic Saturday Evening Post is an American magazine that (aside from folding for two years before relaunching in 1971) has been running since 1821!

The magazine contains general human-interest type articles, and in the September 1958 issue Peterborough was featured. In an article entitled "Wonderful Waterways", the author describes his visit to our magnificent Lift Lock.

This is how the article described it...

"At Peterborough, Ontario, the author's boat enters one of the world's highest hydraulic lift locks. Like a huge chemist's scale, the lock raises and lowers vessels in 'pans' of water."

Norman Rockwell’s famous painting  The Runaway , was the cover of this issue that featured the Lift Lock.

Norman Rockwell’s famous painting The Runaway, was the cover of this issue that featured the Lift Lock.

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Epic: Peterborough Lift Lock Will Be Attempting To Fit 300 Canoes & Kayaks Into Their Chambers At Once

Last June, 138 canoes and kayaks filled one of the Lift Lock Chambers as part of part of Lock 'n Paddle Day at the Lift Lock (aka Lock 21) in Peterborough for National Canoe Day celebrations. That broke the previous record of 101 set in 2007.

Well if you thought that was epic, then Trent-Severn Waterway's Manager of Operations Chad Buchner says wait until you see what they have planned for this year's Lock N' Paddle. Buchner tells PTBOCanada they are not only going to fill the west chamber again this year but also the east chamber—both tubs!

2016 Lock 'N Paddle

2016 Lock 'N Paddle

So yes, on Saturday, June 24th this summer—as part of 150 Canada celebrations—the goal is for 300 paddlecraft to fit into the chambers at one time. It will be like a jigsaw puzzle to fit them all in but Buchner and the Trent-Severn team think they can do it.

2016 Lock N' Paddle

2016 Lock N' Paddle

"We are going to try and squeeze 150 paddlecraft in each of the two chambers," Buchner tells PTBOCanada, which is fitting since Canada is turning 150.

Buchner says he hopes this will turn into a huge community event with hundreds of spectators lining Lock 21 to watch the Chambers fill up, and documenting the day on social media to share across Canada and beyond.

Manager of Operations Chad Buchner

Manager of Operations Chad Buchner

More details are coming soon on the big day and how to be involved, so make sure to save that date—June 24th—and follow Trent-Severn Waterway on Twitter and Facebook as buzz builds for this amazing community event.

Learn more about the Lift Lock's amazing history here.

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138 Canoes & Kayaks Just Jammed Into Lift Lock On Record Breaking Historic Day

138 Canoes & Kayaks Just Jammed Into Lift Lock On Record Breaking Historic Day

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Happy 50th Anniversary Of The National Flag Of Canada

Today (February 15th) marks the 50th anniversary of the Canadian flag. Parks Canada employees at the Trent-Severn Waterway—along with volunteers from the Peteborough community—celebrated it by recently painting the Canadian flag on the ice in front of the Historic Lift Lock...

BEAUTY SHOT FROM ABOVE...

Watch the full video here of the flag being painted...

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Awkward Group Photo In Front Of The Lift Lock In 1908

Maybe it was super hot that day, or maybe there was a tiff over where to eat in town, or maybe people didn't smile then... but either way this is a totally awkward group photo from circa 1908. Please discuss.

[Photo via Vintage Peterborough Lindsay and the Kawartha Region Facebook page]

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Two Guys Used The Peterborough Lift Lock For Their ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Peterborough is bringing it with the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

The Breaking Bad style one was epic, but this one is pretty darn amazing too.

Greg Bryant and Chad Buckner used the Lift Lock—the highest hydraulic lock in the worldas the prop for their challenge.

OK, are you ready? This is 100% awesome. Here we go...

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Here Are The Engineers & Designers Behind The Lift Lock & Trent Canal

Ever wondered who designed and oversaw construction of the Trent Canal and Lift Lock? Well Trent Valley Archives tell us it was Peterborough's Richard Birdsall Rogers—aka R.B. Rogers—a civil and mechanical engineer from Peterborough who studied at McGill.

In preparation for such an enormous undertaking, Rogers actually went to France, Belgium and England to study other (smaller) lift locks around the world. The whole canal project took many years—the Lift Lock itself was begun in 1896 and completed in 1904—and Rogers was the superintendant for most of the work. The lock officially opened to the public to a huge crowd in July 1904. Here are pictures below...

RB Rogers, pictured in the dark jacket near the centre, with his team of engineers (and a dog).

RB Rogers, pictured in the dark jacket near the centre, with his team of engineers (and a dog).

Opening Day

Opening Day

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