Citing the threat to boaters’ safety posed by high water levels after “extreme” amounts of rain, Parks Canada has pushed back the start of the 2017 navigation season on the Rideau Canal by a week to May 26.
Until then, the canal and Trent Severn Waterway are closed to all boat traffic and all kinds of water-based activities are discouraged in a bid to protect boaters and prevent shoreline erosion and property damage.
An exception is Rideau Canal Cruises’ vessel, the Queen Elizabeth Drive, which has been out on the water with Parks Canada’s permission since last weekend.
Parks Canada says it will keep adjusting water flows to restore safe water levels and warns people to be careful with high water levels and fast flows.
People can still enjoy the canals’ lock stations, which will be open to visitors on May 19 with lock staff ready to greet them.