Canada's New Government celebrates the Kirkfield Lift Lock Centennial


    KIRKFIELD, ON, July 21 /CNW Telbec/ - On behalf of the Honourable
John Baird, Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks
Canada, Mr. Barry Devolin, Member of Parliament for Haliburton-Kawartha
Lakes-Brock, today celebrated the Kirkfield Lift Lock Centennial, along the
legendary Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site.
    "Canada's New Government is proud to celebrate 100 years of operation of
the Kirkfield Lift Lock," said Mr. Devolin. "It is a crucial and awe-inspiring
component of the Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site of Canada, one
of the greatest canal systems in the world."
    Construction of the Kirkfield Lift Lock began in 1900 and was completed
in 1907, facilitating navigation from Lakefield through to Lake Simcoe. Of the
more than 40 locks along the Trent-Severn Waterway, the Kirkfield Lift Lock is
one of only two hydraulic lift locks. Only nine locks of this type were ever
built in the world, and among them, the Kirkfield Lift Lock is the second in
height only to its cousin the Peterborough Lift Lock. The Kirkfield Lift Lock
lowers and raises vessels nearly 15 meters in just a few minutes. The
principles of the Lift Locks' operation have not changed in a century - true
marvels of late 19th century engineering.
    The Kirkfield Lift Lock is part of the 386 km long Trent-Severn Waterway
National Historic Site of Canada, which is enjoyed by more than 1.5 million
visitors every year. Recently, Canada's New Government invested more than
$500K toward the refurbishment of this important cultural asset, providing the
gleaming steelworks and lift lock tubs enjoyed by all during the centennial
celebration.
    "The Trent-Severn Waterway, including the Kirkfield Lift Lock, is an
integral element of Canada's cultural and natural heritage that we can all be
proud of," said Mr. Devolin. "With only nine of these types of lift locks ever
built, the Kirkfield Lift Lock is truly a unique navigational feature in North
America."

    On behalf of the people of Canada, Parks Canada protects and presents
nationally significant examples of Canada's cultural and natural heritage.
Parks Canada works to foster public understanding, appreciation and enjoyment
of its heritage treasures in ways that ensure their ecological and
commemorative integrity for present and future generations.



For further information: Wayne Harpell, Kirkfield Sector Manager,
Trent-Severn Waterway, National Historic Site of Canada, Parks Canada, (705)
438-3153; Peter Frood, Superintendent, Central Ontario Field Unit, Parks
Canada, (705) 313-0842; (Also available on the Internet at www.pc.gc.ca under
Media Room.)