We continue our visit to Pam’s mother here in Clayton, NY. The main attraction in Clayton is the beautiful St. Lawrence River. The St. Lawrence is a natural draw for all kinds of boats. Some are kind of small . . .
. . . while some are a bit larger . . .
. . . and some border on the outrageous.
There are a number of spots where you can sit and enjoy a great view of the river while watching the boats come and go.
The village sits right along the main channel of the St. Lawrence Seaway, so you often see large freighters going by as they haul goods in and out of the Great Lakes. The boat below is a Salty, as it is able to sail on the ocean. Boats like it can go from the Atlantic all the way to Duluth, Minnesota on the Seaway system.
You even see boats painted on the sides of many of the buildings in the village.
If you enjoy seeing antique boats then Clayton is the place for you, as it is the home of the Antique Boat Museum, one of the best fresh water boat museums in North America. The museum’s galleries display over 300 unique and beautifully-preserved boats and thousands of recreational boating artifacts Each August they sponsor a three day show which culminates in a boat parade along the Clayton waterfront. We selected a nice little area called Centennial Park to enjoy the parade.
What’s a parade without a fire truck? But in a boat parade you need to have a fire boat in the lead!
The fire boat was followed by a long line of beautiful antique boats.
One of our favorite things to do in Clayton in the evening is to go down to the river and watch the sunset.
Each evening provides a new and unique view as the sun slowly drops down into Canada. We’re not sure how they do it, but those creative Canadians come up with something different every evening!