The stats are out…and Parks Canada says there’s been a 6% increase in the number of boats using the Trent-Severn Waterway this year compared to last.
As Lindsay Biscaia reports, it could be even busier in 2017.
The locks are closed now…
And the Peterborough Marina is slowly emptying…
But that doesn’t mean it was a rough year for boat tourism in Peterborough.
Parks Canada says more than 120-thousand vessels used the Trent-Severn Waterway between the May long weekend and Thanksgiving.
marina tenant Behn Holland, says he’s noticed the influx of boat traffic at the Peterborough Marina too.
He says it could have something to do with the American dollar being so high – pushing people to come up to Canada.
“They do the Great Loop, it’s called. They basically leave from Florida, head up to Northern Ontario for bit, and then head back down through the Mississippi. So, with the dollar being the way it was, and Parks Canada has really been doing well and getting a lot of compliments from the boaters.”
during the season Holland says the Marina is booked solid and has been for the last few years.
“We’ve always been on the front of inviting people in to come and stay for a couple of hours to bring money into our downtown so as far as that we’ll probably just keep doing what we’ve been doing.”
“And in the hopes of keeping tourism up for next year, Parks Canada will be giving free access to all of it’s national parks.”
“So we’re expecting quite a boost in family traffic.”
And with infrastructure projects already underway along the Trent-Severn – it looks like the boost in traffic is sure to continue.