#23 Lakefield, ON to Bobcaygeon, ON Canada

Written by The Crew

Rev writes all the posts as "The Crew" at What Yacht To Do. It's just part of the First Mate duties. That list just keeps growing...

August 1, 2019

Today we are moving from Lakefield Marina to Bobcaygeon.

I swear I did not know how to pronounce Bobcaygeon but it’s Bob-K-Jun.

You’re welcome.

After an exhausting day yesterday with seven locks, I was ready for a more relaxing day.

We were planning on going through four locks: Locks 27, 28, 30 and 31.

There is no Lock 29.

I don’t know why.

Leaving Lakefield

It was raining quite a lot when we pulled away from the marina.

The kind of day that most loopers would roll over and go back to bed.

Not us.

We have places to see and things to do.

Leaving Lakefield Marina

As we were working our way down the channel, we see something in the middle.

Could that be a swim platform?


Yes, it can.

Not sure why a resort would put a swim platform there, other than to attract attention, but that can’t be good for business.

Theirs or ours.

Scenery Starts to Change

As we move along the channel, the scenery begins to change.

We start to see houses on islands.


And then we saw a church.

On an island!

And more homes and more structures.

On islands!


Then, we saw a seaplane.

How cool is that?!?

Just leave your house and jump into your plane.


I’m really trying to change my attitude about locks.

I pretty much hate them but what am I going to do?

I have to adjust.

We were waiting in front of a lock that I didn’t want to do.

I’m so over locks.

So I go for an attitude adjustment.

Just as I had finished my prayer, which usually consists of “Lord, HELP ME!” the boats start to exit.

A smaller boat exits and they give me big smiles and wave.

I like that about boaters.

We wave.

Then an even smaller boat passes by and they do the same.

The last boat out was a large one and as they passed, they yelled out, “Hi Rev! We follow your blog!”

Oh, wow.

I started this blog and our YouTube channel so my mom wouldn’t worry about us.

Now, I find out that I have new Internet friends that are connecting with us.

I tried to yell back, “I’m so happy to meet you!” and all I could get out was, “I’m so happy!”

If you are that couple, please contact us.

I would like to thank you personally for encouraging me because I sure needed it.

Going into Bobcaygeon

Our journey into Bobcaygeon was great until we met a sailing school.

Young sailors are sometimes unpredictable so we had to be extra cautious going around them.

But I do love the way sailboats look on the water.

We had planned to stay at the fuel dock at Gordon’s Yacht Marina because of the time of day.

We assumed that all of the power spaces had been taken on the lock wall.

But God was smiling on us and encouraging me to not only keep doing this but enjoy it, and we snagged a place right on the end.

A houseboat had just left.

How’s that for timing?


You wouldn’t know this from watching our videos, but Sam is a social butterfly.

He loves parties and entertaining and people.

So he coordinated a makeshift happy hour and I didn’t know anything about it until it was underway.

I grabbed the award-winning Empire Caramelized Onion cheese from Campbellford and some crackers and took myself to the party.

It was a good day.

Our Thoughts

Our Trip – Fail

Apparently, either T-Mobile or the Nebo app didn’t like our trip from Lakefield to Bobcaygeon because it decided not to record all of it.

Technology is sometimes tricky when traveling in other countries.

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  1. Great post Rev! You are really getting in the groove and having a great time. We are back home after 3 weeks on the west coast. Lots of catching up to do before our son and grandson visit next week.

    • Thanks, Rus. It sounds like you have had a fun and busy summer! Enjoy your family.

  2. Hi Rev, that was us in the Sea Ray 320 leaving the lock in Buckhorn on Tuesday morning. We were traveling back from Port Orillia. My Wife Jennifer and I have been watching your Videos for weeks now! You guys are Great! We keep our boat at a small marina in lower Buckhorn lake. Please keep making your YouTube videos, we love watching them. Steve Boulter

    • Steve and Jennifer!!! What a blessing you were to me that day. I don’t know how you knew we were coming through there but I am so glad that you did and said something. You are one of my favorite things about visiting Canada. Thank you for coming along with us.

      • Oh yes, one of your fellow loopers introduced me to the app”NEBO”. Jen and I knew you guys were in Lakefield that morning and I said how great it would be to see you. Then the lock door opened and I said to Jen, that’s got to be them. And it was, so great.!!
        If you are looking for a great restaurant in Orillia. There is a pizza place on the Main Street called “Rusticate pizza Vino” the stone baked pizza is amazing. Take Care safe travel. We will be watching you guys all the way.

        • Ah yes, NEBO! That’s how my mom can sleep at night. Thanks for the recommendation, we will have to check it out. It’s very comforting knowing that you will be going along with us since we have such a long way to go!

  3. Canadians call the houses on those islands you saw : Their Cottages. My Cousin’s family have one somewhere above Toronto. Too cold in the winter for me!

    • Well, some of these places are mansions! Really quite extraordinary. Maybe you could visit them in the summer. 😉

  4. Good job honey! Enjoy your day??

    • Thanks, Momma!

  5. I am curious…did the little two person boat go in the lock with you?

    • Oh yes! That was a jet ski and they put them right beside us. Really crazy, huh?

  6. Enjoy. Love you Lois

    • Thanks! Love you, too, Lois.

  7. Rev, I really enjoy your blogs and pics and taking us on the trip with you! I’m a friend of your sister, Vanessa. Keep up the great fun!!

    • Hi Sandy! She is a great friend to have. You’re lucky! I’m so glad you are coming along with us.


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