Historic Cape Cod Bay and the Cape Cod Canal…Relish the History

 Welcome to Cape Cod!  The first sight everyone who “enters” the Cape is the Cape Cod Canal. It’s a beautiful sunny day and as we walk on the Canal smelling the sea salt, gazing at the passing craft the simple pleasure of taking time is actually exhilarating for this innkeeper.  Take the time to take in the sights and history of Cape Cod Canal while visiting Cape Cod.  Check out the live cam!

The historical significance of the canal to connect Cape Cod Bay with Buzzards Bay to save the expense and danger of rounding the Cape was the impetus of this mammoth project. As early as 1623 the idea was considered to connect the trade route from east to west.  After many unsuccessful surveys 1791, 1803, 1818, 1824-1830 and 1860 none came to fruition. Finally in 1909 construction began under the direction of the Boston, Cape Cod and New York Canal Company. It was officially completed in 1916.  Presently maintained by the Army Corps of Engineers the canal stretches some seven miles with width of 540 feet and current depth of approximately 35 feet.

Cape Cod Visitor Center
Some things in life are free and this has to be one of the best! The center introduces visitors to the history, features and operation of the canal. A 46 seat theater showing continuous presentations of the history as well as real time radar and maritime control. The center is open from May through October and admission is FREE.

Take in a Picnic/Bike Trail/Joggers Paradise/Dog Walkers Heaven
Just a step away from the Visitor center is a grassy knoll perfect to place ones beach chair to share the canal activity while sipping your favorite beverage and picnic snacks!   Both sides of the canal feature a wide service road with minimal grades it is ideal for beginner to casual cyclists. In addition the road provides access for fishing, in line skating or just to walk. There are parking lots on either end and many places to rest along the way.

This week’s post by The Belfry Inne. Stay tuned for next week’s post by Isaiah Jones Homestead.

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