Waterway set to open

by Editorial Staff | May 16, 2024
Trent Waterway

For a third straight year, the Trent-Severn Waterway navigation season will start on schedule this Victoria Day long weekend.

The 386-kilometre route linking Lake Ontario’s Bay of Quinte and Lake Huron’s Georgian Bay will open Friday, May 17 at 10 a.m.

The hat trick of on-time season openings follows three straight years of delays — a provincial stay-at-home order in 2021, a pandemic-related Parks Canada service suspension in 2020, and high-water levels in 2019.

Waterway hours posted

From May 17 to June 20, 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 21 to Sept. 2, 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. 3 to Oct. 14, 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.

Station opening and closing times, as well as first and last lockage, are not guaranteed and may be affected by water management duties, maintenance activities or other types of navigation interruptions, officials stated.

New museum open

The Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough, meanwhile, is now open at its new waterfront home on Little Lake next to the Trent-Severn Waterway’s Ashburnham Drive headquarters beside Lock 20 – Ashburnham.

The $45 million, 65,000-square-foot museum opened to the public May 13 after two-and-a-half years of construction. It’s collection of more than 600 canoes, kayaks, and paddled watercraft was formerly located at the former Outboard Marine Corporation (OMC) factory on Monaghan Road.

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