Trent-Severn Waterway opens Friday

by Editorial Staff | May 18, 2023
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The Trent-Severn Waterway will open on schedule this Victoria Day long weekend for the second straight year.

Before this, the opening of the 386-kilometre route linking the Bay of Quinte to Georgian Bay was delayed by a provincial stay-at-home order in 2021, a pandemic-related Parks Canada service suspension in 2020, and high-water levels in 2019.

Continuing repairs on Kirkfield Lock 36, however, will result in expedited single-chamber lockages there to start the season, Parks Canada stated. The lock was closed on Sept. 2, 2022 following a mechanical failure. These lockages will operate on demand and are estimated to take approximately 60 minutes, officials said.

Waterway hours of operation

From May 19 to June 18, lockstations will be open 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday to Thursday and 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday to Sunday (and Victoria Day, May 22).

From June 19 to Sept. 4, lockstations will be open 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday to Thursday and 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday to Sunday (and Canada Day, July 1, Civic holiday Aug. 7, and Labour Day, Sept. 4).

From Sept. 5 to Oct. 9, lockstations will be open 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday to Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, including Thanksgiving on Oct. 9.

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