Opening of Trent-Severn Waterway delayed one week until May 24

Parks Canada delays season as high water levels and flows have resulted in unsafe boating conditions

Lock 32 of the Trent-Severn Waterway in Bobcaygeon. Due to high water levels and flows, Parks Canada has delayed the opening of the Trent-Severn Waterway for the 2019 season by one week until Friday, May 24th. (Photo: Parks Canada)
Lock 32 of the Trent-Severn Waterway in Bobcaygeon. Due to high water levels and flows, Parks Canada has delayed the opening of the Trent-Severn Waterway for the 2019 season by one week until Friday, May 24th. (Photo: Parks Canada)

If you were planning to put your boat in for the Victoria Day weekend, be advised the Trent-Severn Waterway will not be open for navigation.

For safety reasons, Parks Canada is delaying the opening of the 2019 navigation season on the Trent-Severn Waterway by one week, until Friday, May 24th.

The waterway normally opens on the Friday of the Victoria Day weekend. In 2017, Parks Canada also delayed the opening of the season by one week due to high water levels and flows.

Above normal snow pack in some areas and significant precipitation system-wide have resulted in extreme high water levels and flows throughout the Trent-Severn Waterway, which causes unsafe boating conditions. Parks Canada is delaying the opening of the system for the safety of the public and visitors.

The Trent-Severn Waterway will remain closed to all boat traffic until May 24th and all forms of water-based activities are discouraged. This closure will ensure boater safety, and help to mitigate shoreline erosion and property damage experienced by local residents and businesses.

During this week, Parks Canada will continue to make adjustments to water flows in order to restore safe conditions in preparation for the navigation season.

While lock stations will be closed to boats, land-based visitors are welcome to visit the lock stations effective Friday, May 17th, where staff will be on hand to welcome them.

Parks Canada advises that the Murray Canal will open as scheduled on May 17th.

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