Liftlock Critical Mass

Paddle the world's highest hydraulic lift.

Perhaps you’ve heard of a Critical Mass for bicycles, but have you ever taken over Peterborough’s world-class hydraulic lift locks by canoe? Join us for a great day trip that always makes a splash! We put in near the Peterborough Rowing Club on Trent University’s East Bank, and paddle south through the Trent Canal, keeping our eyes peeled for foxes, mink, beavers and herons. Throughout the course of this paddle we will descend a total of over 70 feet through two lift lock systems, and wind up our voyage at Beavermead Park on Little Lake: the perfect place for a dip, a picnic or a game of pick-up beach volleyball.

All our paddling excursions begin with a dock-talk and a lesson to help ensure our party paddles swiftly and safely along our course.

Trip Details 
Skill Level1
Guides9:1 Ratio
PriceStarting from $50
MealsExcellent, homemade meals with traditional foods from the area
Emphasis on homegrown, organic and locally-sourced foods
Kosher, Halal and veggie options available
Snacks and drinks
Expedition Equipment16' Expedition canoes
Paddles, PFDs and throwbags, helmets when necessary
Barrels and Wannigans for food and group equipment
Safety EquipmentWilderness Advanced First Aid, Communications Equipment
TransportRendezvous at Trent University's East Bank - parking available near the Peterborough Rowing Club

Rowing Club

Critical Mass

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Susan Thompson

Bretton and I worked together at Trent University, so when he mentioned his adventure business, I was intrigued. We discussed several places to paddle and settled on Eel’s Creek, because I wanted to try my hand at some entry level whitewater. I have my own canoe, but the Land provided all the additional gear, refreshments and even a shuttle service, and before the trip, Bretton even helped me load my boat on my own vehicle. Afterwards, we hit the Canoe and Paddle Pub in Lakefield for pints and snacks. It was a lovely day on the water, and I look forward to paddling with the Land again.

Susan Thompson

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