Continuing the Trend of Investment in the Trent-Severn Waterway and
PETERBOROUGH, On, June 26, 2015 /CNW/ - The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq,
Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada,
today announced that in celebration of Canada Day lockage on Ontario's
historic canals will be free all day on July 1 for the first time. This
will help attract boaters and visitors to the many opportunities
available on these waterways and in the many communities along them.
Free lockage will include all stations on the Trent-Severn Waterway and
the Rideau Canal.
The 2015 navigation season for Ontario's historic canals has already
been exceptional with historic investments by the Government of Canada
and an increase in boating numbers.
This month, the Government of Canada announced infrastructure
investments totalling more than $39 million for the Rideau Canal and
more than $285 million for the Trent-Severn Waterway. This record
investment will ensure the care and preservation of these treasured
national historic sites and UNESCO World Heritage Site for use and
enjoyment of future generations.
For the month of May, the number of vessels travelling through the
Trent-Severn Waterway system increased 34 percent and the number of
vessels mooring increased 51 percent over last year. On the Rideau
Canal, the number of vessels travelling through the system increased
32 percent and the number of vessels mooring increased 20 percent
compared to 2014. The increased use of canals means economic benefits
for local communities and businesses and is due in part to recent
investment in increased service levels and active promotions.
Visitors travelling by land can also take advantage of new attractions
and services offered on both the Trent-Severn Waterway and Rideau Canal
including: oTENTiks, Red Chairs, and Voyageur Canoe tours at Ottawa
Locks and at the Peterborough Lift Lock. Other services at select
lockstations include new showers, canoe docks, firewood and ice sales.
For more information, visit www.pc.gc.ca/canals and click on "Visitor Information" under the canal of interest.
Boaters who purchase a single-lock-and-return pass or a one-day pass
until June 30, will be able to redeem 2 for 1 coupons available at all
lockstations, and from numerous cottage associations and marinas.
New oTENTik accommodations are now available at Beveridges lockstation
on the Rideau Canal and at Lock 24 Douro on the Trent-Severn Waterway.
A cross between a rustic cabin and a tent, the Parks Canada oTENTik is
a relaxing, easier way to experience camping and provide an ideal base
camp for exploring historic canals in Ontario. To reserve one of Parks
Canada oTENTik tents, campers can go through Parks Canada online reservation service at www.reservation.parkscanada.gc.ca (or by phone at 18777373783).
Visitors are invited to paddle a Voyageur Canoe. Available at Ottawa Locks, by Parks Canada, and at the Peterborough Lift
Lock, in partnership with the Canadian Canoe Museum, visitors can enjoy
the canal from a beautiful multi-passenger Voyageur canoe.
Hidden in scenic places throughout the Rideau Canal and Trent-Severn
Waterway, parks Canada's Red Chairs let visitors connect with nature
and experience the most unique and treasured places within Canada. Join
the many sharing their experiences through social media at
"Our Government's investments will directly contribute to the local
economy and ensure Canada's historic canals continue to play a vital
economic role in the region. We invite Canadians and international
visitors alike to join us on Canada Day, and all summer long, for a
historic, world-class experience along the Trent-Severn Waterway and
The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment and Minister
responsible for Parks Canada
"Free lockage on Canada Day - now that is a birthday gift from Parks
Canada that will help you join us in Westport for our Canada Day
Celebrations. Parade at 3:00 p.m. and one of the best fireworks events
in Eastern Ontario at dusk."
Mayor Robin Jones, Westport
"Quinte West looks forward to welcoming visitors to the historic
waterway. We are pleased to see the increased investment by Parks
Canada into the system, which complements our own efforts in promoting
tourism on the water. At the Gateway to the Trent-Severn, the brand new
Trent Port Marina will be an ambassador for not only the City of Quinte
West, but for the Trent-Severn Waterway and Parks Canada during Canada
Day and throughout the boating season."
Mayor Jim Harrison, City of Quinte West
SOURCE Parks Canada (Georgian Bay and Ontario East Field Unit)
For further information:
Jonathan Lefebvre, Office of the Minister of the Environment, 819-997-1441; Media Relations, Parks Canada 1-855-862-1812, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.twitter.com/parkscanada; Meaghan Bradley, Communications & Media Relations Officer, Ontario Waterways Unit, Parks Canada, 613-283-7199 ext. 266, Meaghan.Bradley@pc.gc.ca