Trent-Severn Waterway and Rideau Canal 2017 Navigation Season start delayed until May 26, 2017
May 17, 2017 – Peterborough, Ontario – Parks Canada
High water levels and flows caused by extreme amounts of precipitation have resulted in unsafe boating conditions across both waterways. For safety reasons, Parks Canada has delayed the start of the 2017 navigation season for the Trent-Severn Waterway and Rideau Canal by one week to Friday May 26, 2017.
Until May 26, 2017, the Trent-Severn Waterway and Rideau Canal closed to all boat traffic and all forms of water-based activities are discouraged. This closure will most importantly protect boater safety, and help to prevent further shoreline erosion and property damage experienced by local residents and businesses. During this week, Parks Canada will continue to diligently make adjustments to water flows in order to restore safe conditions in preparation for the navigation season.
The public are welcome to continue to enjoy the canals’ lock stations, which will be fully open to land-based visitors effective May 19, 2017 and lock staff will be on hand to welcome them.
All visitors are encouraged to always exercise caution around water but especially now with elevated water levels and flows.
For more information about the Trent-Severn Waterway, visit www.parkscanada.gc.ca/trent, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter @TrentSevernNHS.
For more information about the Rideau Canal, visit www.parkscanada.gc.ca/rideau, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter @RideauCanalNHS.
For the most current boater specific information, please follow us on twitter:
Trent-Severn Waterway: @TSWBoaterInfo, @VNTSInfoNav
Rideau Canal: @RideauBoatInfo, @RideauInfoNav
Public Relations and Communications Officer
Ontario Waterways, Trent-Severn Waterway
Parks Canada Agency