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Monday, June 9, 2014

2014 is Cape Cod Canal's Centenial Celebration

As we gear up for a very busy 2014 summer season, we try to take a little time for ourselves each day-- our window of opportunity is between guest check out at 11:00 AM and check in at 3:00 PM. This week the weather was great and we sneaked off to sit by the Cape Cod Canal. We keep our bagged camp chairs in the SUV at all times to be ready for an instant escape. We got a little sun while enjoying pleasant gusts of salt scented air off the water while sitting next to the Sandwich end of the Canal by the Canal Visitor Center.

blue water and red and orange sunset
Sunset on Cape Cod Canal
The Canal is celebrating its 100th  anniversary this year with loads of scheduled events and a large ceremony that includes fireworks off the Railroad Bridge on July 29, 2014. For us the Canal is special for the relaxation we get from our respites away from the Inn by the calming waters.  But the Canal is special for a lot of other reasons which are being celebrated this year. 

Did you know that the Cape Cod Canal....

-- was first proposed by Miles Standish in 1623…..
-- opened on July 29, 1914….
-- was formed by connecting the Monument and Scusset Rivers….
-- made the peninsula of Cape Cod an island….
--  is 480 feet wide, 32 feet deep and 17 miles long….
-- is the widest sea-level canal without locks in the world….
-- connects the Buzzards Bay and Cape Cod Bay….
-- has 20,000 ships a year pass through it…..
-- bridges, the Sagamore and the Bourne, were built in the 1930s as public works projects…..
-- bridges today carry 35 million cars a year on and off Cape Cod….

You can learn more facts about the canal by visiting the wonderful Cape Cod Visitor Center, a fun museum with interactive displays maintained by the US Army Corp of Engineers. A full schedule of the Canal’s Centennial events can be found on the website. Come stay with us at our Cape Cod Bed and Breakfast and enjoy some of the events celebrating the 100th birthday of the Cape Cod Canal.

Written by Charlie Preus, Innkeeper's Assistant and Wine Steward

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