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4th annual Boatnerd Gatherings
Soo Locks  June 27-28 2003


Pictures from the 2003 Soo Locks 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.

Check back for the latest news and updates, bring lots of film!

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


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Friday, June 27
View Corps plans for Visitorís Center renovation 9:00a.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)
9:30a.m.
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.
MacArthur Lock 60th anniversary celebration 11 a.m.

Corps public commissioning of new survey vessel BUFE                    Entertainment by US Army Entertainment Division

1:30 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.
Saturday, June 28
Annual International Bridge Walk
Starts from LSSU Norris Center at 9:00 AM. to Bondar Park. Buses 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 Clergue Park next to Soo Ontario City Hall.

About 12:00 noon
River and Locks Cruise
Annual Freighter Chasing Cruise aboard the Chief Shingwauk
Leaving from Bondar Park, Soo, Ontario
Pasta w/Red or White Sauce, Roast Chicken, Tossed Salad included.            Cash Bar. Limited to 150 persons.
$19.00 US,  $25.00 CDN. Credit Card Reservations required.               
Call today. 705-253-9850 or 1-877-226-3665

Sponsored by Locks Tours Canada
6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Other Events
June 26 - 28 Fund raiser Pancake Breakfast aboard a barge at the Roberta Bondar Marina (Canada). From 7:30 - 11:00 A.M.

July 29 - 30 -- Pancake Breakfast aboard a barge next to Museum Ship Valley Camp (George Kemp Marina, US)

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Soo Locks
Tips for Crossing the Canada/US Border (bring two pieces of ID)
Border Crossing Times

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