According to Parks Canada, boating activity was up significantly from last year on the Trent-Severn Waterway and Rideau Canal during the month of May.
On the Trent-Severn Waterway the number of vessels travelling through the system has increased by 34 percent and the number of vessels mooring has increased 51 percent from 2014.
On the Rideau Canal, the number of vessels travelling through the system has increased by 32 percent and the number of vessels mooring has increased 20 percent from 2014.
"This increased use of canals supports economic benefits for local communities and businesses and is due in part to investment in increased service levels and active promotions,' says Jewel Cunningham, Director Ontario Waterways for Parks Canada. "Visitors travelling by land can also take advantage of new services offered on both the Trent-Severn Waterway and Rideau Canal this season including: oTENTiks, Red Chairs, and Voyageur Canoe tours at Ottawa Locks and at the Peterborough Lift Lock. Visitors will also find new showers, canoe docks, firewood and ice sales at select stations.'
This month, the Government announced new infrastructure investments totaling more than $39 million for the Rideau Canal and more than $285 million for the Trent-Severn Waterway.
Parks Canada is offering free lockage on Canada Day in hopes of exposing new boaters and visitors to the many opportunities available on the Historic Canals and in your communities. Boaters can take advantage of free lock passage on Wednesday, July 1 throughout the Rideau Canal and the Trent-Severn Waterway.
Additionally, boaters still have a few days to take advantage of a 2-for-1 lockage coupon until June 30, 2015.