Boaters make their way east along the Trent Severn Waterway just west of Canal Lake.
Boaters make their way east along the Trent-Severn Waterway just west of Canal Lake. (Photo by Jason Bain)

The opening of the Trent-Severn Waterway was delayed until at least May 31 as Parks Canada extended a pandemic-related service suspension on Wednesday, April 15.

The 387-kilometre waterway, which cuts through the Kawarthas and links Trenton on Lake Ontario with Port Severn on Georgian Bay, normally opens on the Victoria Day long weekend.

Group activities stopped

Camping, group activities and events at all national parks, national historic sites, heritage canals, and national marine conservation areas are included in the temporary closure.

“The current suspension of visitor services and vehicle access by visitors, as well as the temporary closure of visitor facilities, will remain in place until further notice,” officials stated.

Flatten the curve

Parks Canada Agency is encouraging Canadians to stay home to limit the reach of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, and to avoid putting themselves and others at risk.

Parks Canada will not be taking further reservations until at least June 1, 2020, officials stated. Any existing reservations set prior to June will be automatically refunded.

“Like all Canadians, I love our national parks and historic sites, but at this time we must all continue to do our part to flatten the curve, look out for one another, and make choices that will help reduce the pressure on our health care system,” stated Environment and Climate Change Minister Jonathan Wilkinson, the minister responsible for Parks Canada.

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