Parks Canada: Trent-Severn and Rideau Canal Opening Postponed Due to Flooding

For safety reasons, Parks Canada has delayed the start of the 2017 navigation season for the Rideau Canal and the Trent Severn Waterway by one week to Friday, May 26, 2017. High water levels and flows caused by extreme amounts of precipitation have resulted in unsafe boating conditions across both waterways.

Until May 26, 2017, the Rideau Canal and the Trent Severn Waterway are closed to all boat traffic and all forms of water-based activities are discouraged.

According to Parks Canada, the closure will help protect boater safety as well as help to prevent further shoreline erosion and property damage experienced by local residents and businesses.

During the extra week of downtime, Parks Canada says it will continue to diligently make adjustments to water flows in order to restore safe conditions in preparation for the navigation season. The public is welcome to continue to enjoy the canals’ lock stations, which will be fully open to land-based visitors effective May 19. Lock staff will be on hand to welcome them.

All visitors are encouraged to always exercise caution around water, but especially now with the current elevated water levels and flows.

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