At the bottom of Sturgeon Lake’s “Y” shape, the Scugog River quietly meanders several miles to the south, passing through the historic Town of Lindsay on its way to Lake Scugog. In the early 1800’s Lindsay developed around a mill on the river and became a train stop for three railway lines. The community thrived until 1861 when a tragic fire destroyed most of the town. Lindsay has since rebuilt, has grown to a population of over 20,000 and is the governmental & commercial centre of the City of Kawartha Lakes.
For the past 2 years, Lindsay has hosted a Friday, Saturday, Sunday Rib Fest with proceeds going to local charities. Our participation was on the Sunday with a classic boat show from10:00 a.m. until 2:00 in the afternoon.
Our day began a short distance north of town at the launch ramp in Rivera Park. Once we were all in the water, the twelve classic boats made their way a short distance to the south arriving at the open gates of lock 33. Lockmaster Mike Nolte and his crew were ready to lock us up to our destination. The public docks are located a few hundred meters from the lock and had been reserved for us. What a sight we make!.
Our trip to Lindsay was not a new event for the club as we attended Ribfest last year as well. But…this year Ribfest was a little different for us. Shortly after we were all moored, Michael Sloboda from TV Cogeco arrived with his film crew. Mike is the producer and host of a cable history show that features stories about things historic in the Kawartha Lakes Region. He had heard of our participation at Ribfest and thought the club and its members would make an interesting episode. After setting up their equipment, Mike and his crew filmed an extensive interview with Jim Watt, a past president and unofficial club spokesperson. After speaking with Jim, segments with several of the other boat owners were filmed. We anxiously await the finished product.
The whole Rib Fest event had a carnival atmosphere with midway rides, vendor booths and of course HUGE BBQs. While the event was coming to life, several of us took a stroll through historic Lindsay to experience some of the shops and restaurants that it has to offer. As we returned to the park, we saw the end of the rubber duck race – a fund raiser that had hundreds of ducks released at the lock racing in the current below the falls to the end of the public dock. I had never seen so many duck in one place before and the winning lucky duck won $1,000 for its sponsor!
To summarize the day, I would say “HOT, HOT, HOT”. That would adequately describe the Weather, the Chilly and the Ribs. Great food, great weather, great friends.
After lunch in the early afternoon, we fired up the engines, locked back down and headed along the river. It is an interesting trip that winds through an older developed area of Lindsay, passes through an area of cottages and trailer resorts, then through conservation / marshland before getting to Sturgeon Lake. After congregating at the mouth of the river, we headed up Sturgeon Lake to the Town of Fenelon Falls, a great ice cream destination. The afternoon was sunny but a bit windy creating a chop for the return trip.
Back at the ramp, we hauled out in what always looks like a carefully choreographed ballet. I am always impressed by the cooperation and help that I witness at the launch ramp. Everyone pitches in every time! It make me proud to be part of this great organization! Lindsay Ribfest – another fun event.