Waterway opening delayed by pandemic

by Editorial Staff | May 19, 2021
boats moving along a river on the Trent Severn Waterway
Boaters move east on the Trent-Severn Waterway west of Canal Lake. (Photo by Jason Bain)

The opening of the Trent-Severn Waterway has been delayed until at least June 2 as a result of the pandemic, Parks Canada announced on Tuesday, May 19.

The 386-kilometre, 45-lockstation 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.

Delaying launching visitor services including lockage, overnight mooring, and camping, aligns with provincial measures to curb the spread of COVID-19, officials stated.

Reservations to be refunded

Reservations will be automatically cancelled and refunded. Visitors do not have to do anything to cancel their reservation.

The current stay-at-home order is scheduled to expire on June 2.

Last year’s waterway opening was also delayed as a result of the pandemic.

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