Look At The Huge Canadian Flag Painted On The Ice At The Lift Lock

Look At The Huge Canadian Flag Painted On The Ice At The Lift Lock

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The Trent Canal So Totally Rocks For Skating

Ever since that green flag went up, people have been rocking the Canal during this beauty winter we're having. (And don't forget to check out the upcoming Under The Lock Hockey Tournament February 6, 7 and 8 on the canal, an epic festival on skates!)

Watch this awesome video...

Keep on tweeting us your Canal pictures, and here are some below from Twitter...

photo via @peterboroughxsp

photo via @peterboroughxsp

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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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Peterborough Bucket List: Skating Outdoors On The Trent Canal (Day Or Night!)

A pickup game of 2 on 2 hockey on the canal

One of the things to check off your bucket list of things to do in the Patch: a little outdoor skating at the Peterborough Lift Lock. It's a giant rink that the city works hard to keep smooth. Be sure to check the status of the indicator flag to ensure the ice is safe beforehand. Happy skating!

[Contributed by PtboCanada's Julie Morris - Picture by PtboCanada's Evan Holt]

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