We didn’t see much in the Sault, but we did see some locks and some old school farming in nearby Desbarats, ON.
Sadly most of Canada’s National Parks and Historic Sites do not really open until June…. So we were unable to really learn about the locks or see them in action, but it was interesting to see, and to see the difference in water levels from one side of the wall to the next. These were one of the first electrical Locks in the World.
These locks allow ships to travel from Lake Superior to the lower Great Lakes, and eventually the Atlantic Ocean.
Geography lesson: the left side of the Bridge is Michigan, USA and the right side Ontario, CAN.
Just up the road is the small community of Desbarats. In a visitor magazine we picked up, it detailed a large farmers market in the community. The magazine described it as “Where tradition meets commerce”. Desbarats is home to a newly migrated Mennonite Community, and many use traditional tools- horse drawn carriages, and farm equipment. Although the farmers market was closed, we drove on some country roads to have a look.
During our travels we see a sign that says Local produce with an arrow. It says closed on Sunday, but today is not Sunday, so we proceed in search of this place.
We drive to the end of a gravel road and did not pass any place advertising produce. A man on a bicycle pedals up to us and asks if we are lost. Remember we are in a newer car pulling a very unique trailer, we stick out like a sore thumb in this community. We explain we are looking for the produce, he directs us to a house, and says “that’s it, just go knock on the door”. So up to the house we go, we are greeted by a friendly Mennonite woman. She apologizes as they are not open for the season yet, but offers us potatoes from last year or Maple Syrup. We politely decline and head on up the road. You never know what you can find….