Peterborough Public Health Monitoring for West Nile Virus

Peterborough Public Health Monitoring for West Nile Virus

Peterborough Public Health is advising residents to avoid mosquito bites this season and reduce breeding grounds in order to prevent the spread of West Nile virus.

Peterborough Public Health staff trap mosquitoes and test larvae from standing water pools throughout the City and County of Peterborough.  In 2016 staff collected more than 5,000 local mosquitoes and none tested positive for West Nile virus.  In 2016, Public Health Ontario reports that across the province there were 211 positive mosquito pools and 49 confirmed human cases of West Nile virus.

For more information, including receiving the associated PDF in another format, please contact:

Brittany Cadence
Communications Manager
P:  705-743-1000

Trent-Severn Waterway Fully Open for Navigation

Date: June 6, 2017 – Peterborough, Ontario – Parks Canada

Parks Canada advises that the Trent-Severn Waterway is fully open for boating traffic for the 2017 Navigation Season as of today – June 6, 2017.  All lock stations along the system are now welcoming visitors by land and through all locks.

Parks Canada thanks all visitors and residents for their patience and cooperation as staff worked diligently to address high water levels and flows caused by excessive precipitation to ensure safe boating conditions.

Boaters can look forward to a great 2017 season.  This year, lockage fees are free for recreational boaters, a great way to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday.  Boaters may order their passes on-line or the can be issued at any Lock Station. All that is required is your vessel registration number.

Developing new and innovative programs and services, at sites like the Trent-Severn Waterway, allows more Canadians, including youth and newcomers, to experience the outdoors and learn about our environment and history. As a result, Parks Canada is continuing to improve its visitor offer on the Trent-Severn Waterway, with new facilities and expanded services, making 2017 the perfect time to experience the rich heritage and natural beauty of this Canadian National Historic Site.

As part of its 100th anniversary celebrations in 2011, Parks Canada, in partnership with MEC, launched Learn-to Camp events which targeted various Canadian urban centres. Since then, many other Learn-to Camp activities are held every summer across the country in various locations. The focus of the Learn-to Camp is to create a connection between first-time campers and the Canadian camping experience, to introduce families to a lifetime of outdoor activities and encourage them to visit Parks Canada’s special heritage places. By leveraging the successful Learn-to Camp initiative, Parks Canada will build a community of stewards to help foster an appreciation for nature among Canadians of all ages and allow them to connect with nature. There will be 5 Learn-to-Camp events taking part on the Trent-Severn Waterway in 2017, for more information on the program, please visit…

Along with free lockage, the Trent-Severn Waterway’s signature event in celebration of Canada 150 will be “Lock’n Paddle” taking place on June 24th. The plan is to load 150 paddlecraft into each of the two chambers of the Peterborough Lift Lock National Historic Site of Canada. Once the lockage takes place and the chambers are lifted to level, we plan to salute our great nation by singing “O Canada”. For more information on how to be part of this historic event, please visit our website or check out our social media feeds.

This year the Trent-Severn Waterway has also launched a new Twitter account to provide information tailored for boaters using the waterway.  To keep up to date on wait times, mooring availability, navigation information and local events, please follow @TSWBoaterInfo (English) or @VTNSInfoNav (French).

For more information about the Trent-Severn Waterway, visit, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter @TrentSevernNHS.

Karen Feeley

NEW! For the most current boater specific info, such as wait times and mooring availability, please follow us on Twitter @TSWBoaterInfo or @VTNSInfoNav

Public Relations and Communications Officer, Ontario Waterways Unit
Parks Canada / Government of Canada
P.O. Box 567, 2155 Ashburnham Drive, Peterborough ON K9J 6Z6 / Tel: 705-750-4930 / Cell: 705-313-1097 / Fax: 705-750-4934

Agente des relations publiques et des communications, l’Unité des voies navigables de l’Ontario
Parcs Canada, Gouvenment du Canada
C.P. 567, 2155 promenade Ashburnham, Peterborough ON K9J 6Z6 / Tél.: 705-750-4930 / Tél. cell. : 705-313-1097 / Télécopieur: 705-750-4934

Tender – Supply, Haul and Place Granular Materials on Twelfth Line Road Dummer

The Township of Douro-Dummer has released a request for bids for Tender T-2017-07 for the Supply, Haul and Place Granular Material on the Twelfth Line Road Dummer. Bids are due by Tuesday, June 13, 2017 no later than 12 Noon local time. Please see T-07-2017 – Supply, Haul and Place Granular Materials on Twelfth Line Road Dummer (pdf – 387kB) for more information and a copy of the Tender document.

Request for Proposal – Equipment Rental and Labour Requirements for Twelfth Line Dummer Road Project

The Township of Douro-Dummer has released a Request for Proposal for T-2017-06 – Equipment Rental and Labour Requirements for the Twelfth Line Dummer Road Project. Proposals are due by Tuesday, June 13, 2017 no later than 12 Noon local time. Please see T-2017-06 – Equipment Rental and Labour Requirements for Twelfth Line Dummer Road Project (pdf -239kB) for more information and the complete bid document.

Kitchen Scraps & Compost

Did you know that your kitchen scraps and compost can be dropped off at the Hall’s Glen Transfer Station or composted in your back yard? Both options help decrease the amount of waste going to landfill sites AND provide us with usable material to augment soil.

By removing organic waste from your curbside garbage, you are also helping to discourage wildlife like crows and raccoons from scavenging and leaving an unsightly and dangerous mess on the road.

List of accepted organic material for transfer stations

List of accepted organic material for transfer stations


For information on backyard composting, the Garbage to Garden program, or to purchase a composter/digester please call Peterborough County at 705-775-2737 or e-mail

More information can be obtained by visiting

Trent-Severn Waterway to Open in Stages on Friday, May 26th 2017

Staged Opening of Navigation Season 2017

Trent-Severn Waterway to Open for Navigation in Stages Starting on Friday, May 26th 2017

May 25, 2017, Peterborough, Ontario, Parks Canada

The Trent-Severn Waterway 2017 Navigation Season will open in stages starting on Friday, May 26th.

Increased precipitation over the past weekend coupled with forecasted rainfall has created the requirement for additional time to reduce water levels and flows to a point that ensures safe boating conditions across the system.

As of May 26th, locks 28 Burleigh Falls to 42 Couchiching will be open to boat traffic. All other lock stations will be open to land-based visitation but closed to boat traffic.

Please see the table below for the most recent description of stations that will be open for navigation as of Friday, May 26, 2017. This list will be updated and released on a daily basis until all stations are fully open.

Lock Opening Schedule as of May 25, 2017

Lock Opening Schedule as of May 25, 2017


This staged opening of the Waterway will most importantly protect boater safety, and help to prevent further shoreline erosion and property damage experienced by local residents and businesses. Parks Canada will continue to work diligently to open the entire system for navigation and will open individual lock stations in stages as soon as it safe to do so.  Updates will be provided regularly and communicated widely.

All visitors are encouraged to always exercise caution around water but especially now with water flows less predictable and stable than during regular navigation season.

For more information about the Trent-Severn Waterway, visit, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter @TrentSevernNHS.

For the most current boater specific information, including when each Lock Station will open for navigation, please follow us on twitter:

Trent-Severn Waterway: @TSWBoaterInfo, @VNTSInfoNav



Karen Feeley
Public Relations and Communications Officer
Ontario Waterways, Trent-Severn Waterway
Parks Canada Agency
(705) 750-4930

Douro South Park Closed Due to Wet Conditions

Please note that the South Park located at 201 Second Line Douro Road, will be closed starting on Thursday May 25, 2017 because of wet conditions. Staff will be monitoring the situation over the coming days and will provide an update on the status of the Park on Monday, May 29, 2017. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause for our residents. Please contact Brian Millett, Manager of Recreation Facilities, 705-652-8392 x 215 if you have any questions or concerns.