The Essex-Charlotte Canal offers a chilly commute, but it sure beats 3-4 lanes of traffic jammed, coffee guzzling, angry drivers on a thruway…
It’s not every winter that we get to enjoy the ferry commute between Essex, New York and Charlotte, Vermont (remember when the Champlain Bridge was closed for demolition/replacement?), but the “landlocked” winters certainly do make us appreciate it when Lake Champlain Transportation keeps the ferry open. And this winter has provided plenty of ice to make it challenging, but the boat, captains and crew have endured. Thank you for creating and maintaining the Essex-Charlotte Canal!
Essex-Charlotte Canal Confusion?
By the way, if you’ve discovered this post by mistake, you’re probably looking for the Champlain Canal, not the Essex-Charlotte Canal. The former has been in existence since 1823, about the same time that Rosslyn was constructed (and probably one of the ways that non-local materials were transported to Essex for construction, furnishing, etc.). The latter, the “Essex-Charlotte Canal” I reference in this post, is a figment of my icy imagination. And the collective experiences of the LCT captains and crews, and most every ferry commuter who’s crossed Lake Champlain in the last month or so! But you won’t find it on any maps…
- Essex-Charlotte Ferry Winter Schedule (2013-14) (essexonlakechamplain.com)
- Essex-Charlotte Ferry Closed Today (essexonlakechamplain.com)
- Lake Champlain Freezing Over (essexonlakechamplain.com)
- Essex Aerial View (rosslynredux.com)
- Winter weather cancels Vt.-NY ferry service (wptz.com)
- George Davis learns community from a life in Essex (northcountrypublicradio.org)