Bathymetry map of Lake Ontario

Bathymetry map of Lake Ontario

July 14th, 2013, at 11:20 AM, Stephen launched his canoe onto Lake Ontario. During previous summers he has circumnavigated Lakes Huron, Michigan and Erie, in that order. Lake Ontario is the smallest of the Great Lakes in circumference, but much deeper than Lake Erie. Water from the four other lakes flows through the Niagara River and over the Niagaran Escarpment before entering Lake Ontario, so the lake is more than 300 feet lower than Superior, Michigan, Huron and Erie. From Lake Ontario, the water flows through the St. Lawrence Seaway to the Atlantic Ocean.

Stephen has done a lot of paddling along the islands and ridges of the Niagaran Escarpment on Lakes Huron and Michigan.

Stephen has done a lot of paddling along the islands and ridges of the Niagaran Escarpment on Lakes Huron and Michigan.

On the beach at Four Mile Creek State Park preparing Seaweed, the canoe, for departure.

On the beach at Four Mile Creek State Park preparing Seaweed, the canoe, for departure.

Four Mile Creek State Park is only a few miles from the mouth of the Niagara River, where historic Fort Niagara is open to visitors. We spent a day as tourists before he began his summer of paddling. This building, built by the French in the early 1700’s, is the oldest building still standing in the Great Lakes area.

The French castle at Fort Niagara

The French castle at Fort Niagara

Much too soon, it was time to say goodbye. Here is a parting shot of Stephen before he paddled away to the east. Bon voyage!

Day one on Great Lake number four

Day one on Great Lake number four

 

 

 

 

 

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7 Responses to “Great Lakes Canoe: version 4.0”

  1. Cindy Says:

    Fare thee well, Stephen! I’ll be watching your progress!
    Lots of love, Cindy

  2. Roger Dee Says:

    God Speed, Steven! I’ll be following your adventure daily.
    Your father-in-law, Roger (aka rogerdee)

  3. Steve Sikkema Says:

    Glad to see you on your way. Many of us are with you in spirit. We enjoyed your “unplaned” call. Best of luck.

    Sue & Steve

  4. susan and sam sharp Says:

    I love the Spot technology! Bon Voyage, earth traveller……..
    The weather looks sketchy….be careful!

  5. Wayne Blomberg Says:

    Hi Steve, It looks like you’re making progress and haven’t lost your stroke. However I suspect Ontario has prevailing westerlies, meaning you just might be using a tail wind! I hope things are going well with you. Remember to treat those Canadian officers with respect too! Wayne

  6. sarah marley Says:

    Hey Scrawny Man,
    Don’t let those winds take you away. I love you.
    You are amazing. Be safe.
    Sarah

  7. Nancy Kowaleski Says:

    Hey Steve sorry we missed the farewell breakfast, poor planning eh? How about meeting in Toronto Harbor for lunch:) You know I am eating my heart out with jealousy, wanting to paddle and share the experience. So thankful you are good about posts and updates, thank you Ruth and Spot. I’m planning to paddle in Lake Superior Provincial Park this weekend, prepping to paddle with you next year on Father Superior..lol.. Be Free..Be Safe..and don’t let those Canadians give you any guff. Talk to you soon. Nancy PS..You are amazing..appreciate you sticktuitiveness..(Canadian word:P)

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