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3rd annual Boatnerd Gatherings
Soo Locks  June 28-29 2002

Pictures from the 2002 Gathering


The viewers of this web site have asked that we organize an informal meeting so viewers can meet those that share an interest in boat watching.

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Please note, the meeting is very informal and all participation is optional.

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Friday, June 28
Engineers Day, Soo Locks
On Engineers Day the US Army Corps of Engineers opens the area between the MacArthur and Poe Locks to the public and the ground floor of the Administration Building is open for tours.
10:00a.m. - 4:00p.m.
Group Picture
At the lower park at the locks. Picture will be taken on the stairs next to the lower approach to the MacArthur Lock (Same spot as last year)
Model boat regatta
Bring your own or come to watch. Held on the pond at Mission Point (next to Clyde's)
4:00p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Parade of Tugs
Departing the Purvis Marine Dock at 6:30 P.M.
View parade from the American or Canadian Locks, 7:00 - 9:00 P.M..
6:30p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Slide Show, Roberta Bondar Park Pavillion, Soo, Ont. (the big white permanent tent). Bring your lawn chair and a tray of your best slides. 10:00 - 12:00 PM
Saturday, June 29
Annual International Bridge Walk
Starts from LSSU Norris Center at 9:00 AM. to Bondar Park. Busses will return you to the U.S. side This is a great opportunity to take pix of  the locks, and maybe boat traffic while walking across.
The walk is 3.8 miles according to the Soo Festival Committee and takes about 1-1/2 hours.
9:00 a.m.
Tug boat race
Best view on the U.S. side from the fishing dock located at the East end of the Edison Soo Hydro Plant (Alford Park)

Canadian side view from Bondar Park.

About 12:00 noon
River and Locks Cruise
Departing from Soo, Canada aboard the Chief Shingwauk.
Reservation required. Click here to reserve you tickets.
Sponsored by Locks Tours Canada
Other Events
June 28, 29 Fund raiser Pancake Breakfast aboard a barge at the Roberta Bondar Marina. From 7:30 - 11:00 A.M.

July 30 - 31 -- Pancake Breakfast aboard a barge next to Museum Ship Valley Camp (George Kemp Marina)

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Important Links
Map of the area
Accommodations - U.S.
Accommodations - Canada (Special Boatnerd room rates are available at the Holiday Inn in Soo, Ontario 705-949-0611 - $98.00 + tax Canadian, about $60.00 + tax US.)
Lock Tours Canada
Soo Locks
Tips for Crossing the Canada/US Border (bring two pieces of ID)
Local Weather
Listing of other events