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Rocky the Snake in Sarnia, Ontario

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Sarnia, Ontario’s waterfront has the Bluewater Bridge, connecting Sarnia, Ontario to Port Huron Michigan, a walking path, benches and of course the french fry truck. This is a popular place for locals and visitors to sit, watch and enjoy the freighters leaving Lake Huron and passing under the bridge on their journeys south, usually with a full cargo. Common cargoes carried on lake freighters are taconite, limestone, grain, salt, coal, cement, gypsum, sand, slag, and potash. Because of the ease of transport, some of their cargo supplies the auto industry’s steel mills, which are centred on the Great Lakes.

About Rocky the Snake

Wendy Marsden, a Sarnia retiree who, with her partner, placed 13 painted stones and a hand-written sign next to a sidewalk overlooking the St. Clair River at the Rotary Flag Plaza, near the Blue Water Bridge, in mid-June. What began with 13 painted rocks has now grown to over 3,000 (as of this article) and is still growing. Wendy, was inspired by a video she saw online for this project.

Volunteers from the Alzheimer Society of Sarnia-Lambton recently set up a table with art supplies, thanks to funding from Bluewater Power, so kids could paint stones to add to Rocky.

Some rocks are artistic impressions, messages and even a proposal.

The City of Sarnia has not inferred with Rocky, as he continues to grow. Rocky makes no hiss or slither, just a line of colourful rocks for people to enjoy.

TikTok Video: Christy Bartts


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Kathy is the owner of Kirk Scuba Gear, a passionate Scuba Diver, Ocean Advocate and Managing Editor of The Scuba News Canada

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