Parks Canada will be temporarily closing an additional 18 locks along the Trent-Severn Waterway beginning Monday (June 20) due to high water levels and flows.
Lock 1 – Trenton through Lock 18 – Hastings will be closed, and inbound vessel traffic will be advised that entry at Lock 1 – Trenton will be closed until further notice.
The Murray Canal — an eight-kilometre canal linking Lake Ontario with the Bay of Quinte — will also be closed on Monday.
On Wednesday, Parks Canada announced Locks 19 – Scotts Mills and Locks 22 – Nassau through Lock 27 – Young’s Point would be closed to navigation as of Friday.
The only two locks that remain open between Lock 1 – Trenton and Lock 27 – Young’s Point are Lock 20 – Ashburnham and Lock 21 – Peterborough Lift Lock.
According to Parks Canada, over the past 20 days, the Trent-Severn’s watersheds have received significant amounts of precipitation, the equivalent of 100 to 200 per cent more than the normal amount expected for this time.
This partial closure will protect boater safety and help to prevent shoreline erosion and property damage experienced by local residents and businesses.
All boaters are strongly encouraged to lower their speeds and watch their wake. Residents and visitors should exercise extreme caution around and on the water.
Parks Canada says it will reopen individual lock stations in stages as soon as it safe to do so.