My last encounter with the Welland Canal was on the Laura Secord Hike and only then did I learn that there were several canals in Welland, although not all of them were fully in operation. I therefore joined the Canal Hike of my local hiking club, -the Iroquoia Club of the Bruce Trail Conservancy, to find out more.
We car-pooled and our starting point was at Port Robinson in St. Catharines. Ahead of us was a paved trail which ran beside the Canal. The lift bridge was in sight.
This is a big structure and I think it is interesting to have this industrial structure standing beside the green trail.
At the lift bridge, we turned into a smaller trail which took us further up the canal and here we saw torrents of water raging downstream. Here we crossed over the bridge to the other side of the Canal.
Back to paved roads and trail and we were heading in the direction of St. Catharines.
It was here that we discovered that the trail was closed due to reconstruction, and our hike leader had to change our plan to turn around and hike back. We passed the lock again with its rushing water.
Once passed it, we were also able to enjoy again the calmness of the canal and the serenity of the trail.
You may have read about my fascination with lift bridges, and with this shot, we walked back to Point Robinson. We completed this hike of 13 Km which was mostly paved trails. This is a leisurely hike recommend to anyone who does not want too much exertion.