Boaters and businesses not surprised by TSW opening delay

Peterborough, ON, Canada / CHEX TV
Boaters and businesses not surprised by TSW opening delay

Boaters will have to wait at least another week before they can navigate the 387-kilometre long Trent Severn Waterway.
Parks Canada made the announcement Wednesday. And Greg Ddavis reports, for some it’s just a small ripple in the upcoming boating season.

th-sequence-03-00_00_01_00-still003Alex Meyers was planning to take family through the Trent Severn Waterway this weekend.
but high water levels and strong flows have scuttled its opening… and Meyer’s trip

Alex: It’s a little bit of a setback especially with the shorter season we have. down south they have a longer season. It kind of messes with our season a bit

Parks Canada announced Wednesday that the waterway’s opening which was set for this Friday has been suspended for a week. Officials say water flows are creating unsafe boating conditions.

Travelling across Chemong and Buckhorn lakes on Wednesday – Myers agrees.

Alex: Especially near the dams here just coming into here was pretty tricky especially with the smaller motor. I wouldn’t go any where near any fast mover water thth-sequence-03-00_00_07_04-still004at’s for sure.

The TSW will remain closed to all boat traffic as Parks Canada makes adjustments to water flows.

Chad Buchner: To allow us the ability to drain off some of the excess water we still have in much of our watershed.

 

Businesses that rely on boat traffic aren’t surprised by the delay. Buckhorn’s Mainstreet Landing Restaurant is more concerned about ongoing upgrades to Lock 31.

Carol Herrell: I don’t think its going to hurt us business wise – we will be business because it’s a long weekend. But there will be a lot of fishermen up because it’s the opening of pickerel season so it will be still busy. But I’m curious to see what will happen to the dockage – how will be people park?

 

 

Coming off one th-sequence-03-00_00_53_11-still009of its best summers, the restaurant expects a repeat this season, especially since lockage fees have been waived to help mark Canada’s 150th birthday.

Carol: A lot of people are commenting that they are going to try the locks because they haven’t been through the locks so it will bring a lot.

Parks Canada has added additional frontline staff as vessel traffic is expected to jump 30 per cent this season

Buchner : At this point right now we are at over 20,000 people who have expressed interest and already got their permits.th-sequence-03-00_00_08_20-still005

Boaters can also receive updates this season via Twitter. Follow @TSWBoaterInfo

Greg Davis CHEX News Buckhorn

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