The Trent-Severn Waterway is now fully open for boating traffic for the 2017 Navigation Season as of today.
Parks Canada says all lock stations along the system are now welcoming visitors by land and through all locks.
The season opening was delayed due to high water levels and flows that created unsafe boating conditions.
This year, lockage fees are free for recreational boaters, as part of celebrating 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.
The Trent-Severn Waterway’s signature event will be “Lock’n Paddle” taking place on June 24. The plan is to load 150 paddlecraft into each of the two chambers of the Peterborough Lift Lock. Once the lockage takes place and the chambers are lifted to level, paddlers will sing “O Canada”.
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, visit parkscanada.gc.ca/learntocamp
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
For more information about the Trent-Severn Waterway, visit www.parkscanada.gc.ca/trent, or on Facebook and Twitter @TrentSevernNHS.