The Trent-Severn Waterway 2017 Navigation Season will open in stages starting on Friday, May 26th.
Increased precipitation over the past weekend coupled with forecasted rainfall has created the requirement for additional time to reduce water levels and flows to a point that ensures safe boating conditions across the system.
As of May 26th, locks 28 Burleigh Falls to 42 Couchiching will be open to boat traffic. All other lock stations will be open to land-based visitation but closed to boat traffic.
This staged opening of the Waterway will most importantly protect boater safety, and help to prevent further shoreline erosion and property damage experienced by local residents and businesses. Parks Canada will continue to work diligently to open the entire system for navigation and will open individual lock stations in stages as soon as it safe to do so.
All visitors are encouraged to exercise extra caution now with water flows less predictable and stable than during regular navigation season.
Below is a table listing the stations that will be open for navigation as of Friday, May 26th...
Unless you've been living under a rock lately—and we do know there are some really nice rocks in our area—you'll have heard by now that the Nashville Predators, Captained by Mike Fisher, are on their way to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in franchise history.
What you might not know is the other epic local connection to the Predators: WWE NXT Champ Bobby Roode—who lives in Peterborough when he's not on the road—and his Glorious Domination theme song have been rocking the Preds and their fans throughout the playoffs.
The #Glorious movement is legitimately sweeping the social media Nation in all of its gloriousness, and fans are taking notice outside of the pro wrestling world.
Seriously, search #Glorious and #Preds and you'll find just as many hockey references now as you'll find wrestling references, as hockey (and beyond) starts to adopt this great theme song and hashtag of Roode's.
Nashville—aka "Smashville"—has become a hockey hotbed and if you're going to see a game live anywhere, it's pretty much unmatched in terms of atmosphere. Adding in anthem singers like Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban and Kelly Clarkson bring the crowd to life—and Bobby Roode's theme song keeps the crowd on their feet!
Nick Minerva scored 8:21 into overtime for the Cobourg Cougars on Saturday night, capping a dramatic come-from-behind 3-2 win for the Cougars over the Brooks Bandits—and taking the 2017 RBC Cup on home ice.
The National Junior A Champions have a big Peterborough connection: former Pete Josh Maguire plays for them (Cobourg is his hometown), Brent Tully is the GM (the architect behind the team) and their coach is John Druce. For Druce, who played 10 seasons in the NHL, this is his first head coaching job—and quite a debut season behind the bench.
PTBOCanada.com Snapchat reporter Jeremy Biden and his wife, Debbie, were at Del Crary Park catching the fireworks over Little Lake on Saturday night, and Jeremy caught these great photos of a family of geese along the banks of the water checking out the action.
The goslings appear to be enthralled with the scenery...
Due to the high and fast waters in Little Lake, the City of Peterborough has been unable to complete the repairs necessary for the seasonal start of the Centennial Fountain.
The fountain is typically serviced in time to have it running by Victoria Day weekend. The City says that conditions throughout the month of May have made it unsafe to complete the work, therefore causing a delay.
Barring unforeseen circumstances, the Centennial Fountain will be up and running for June 1st.
Faith Dickinson was one of 20 young recipients from around the world who was at St. Jame's Palace in London, England on Thursday (May 18th) to receive a Legacy Award established in memory of Princess Diana.
Faith (Far Right) Pictured With Will (Photo via @DianaAward)
The Grade 9 student at TASSS in Peterborough met Prince William and Prince Harry, who presented her with the award, which goes to children making a monumental impact on society. Faith, 14, was recognized for her Cuddles for Cancer initiative, a charity she started when she was 9-years-old that gives personalized fleece blankets to cancer patients, veterans and soldiers.
Among many other accolades in recent years, Faith was also winner of a Me To We Youth In Action Award in 2015, and is the Youth Ambassador (a newly created role) on the United Way Peterborough campaign cabinet this year.
"It was so surreal meeting the Princes today, it was a dream come true," Faith tells PTBOCanada. "It was incredible to hear then talk about their Mom from such a personable point of view. I got to meet them half an hour before the ceremony and spend some time with them—they were both so nice and caring. Prince William really spent time talking to me. He is an advocate for cancer research so it was really nice to talk to him."
At the presentation, Prince Harry joked with Faith that she was the most talented fellow redhead in the room.
The Diana Award official Twitter account tweeted out about the reference...
Her parents, Mike and Carrie, tell PTBOCanada the past couple days have been "quite the adventure" for them and Faith.
"We are incredibly proud of Faith and the work she does to support her community," they say. "She genuinely cares about people. To be associated with Princess Diana is the highest honour she could possibly receive!"
High water levels and flows caused by extreme amounts of precipitation have resulted in unsafe boating conditions across waterways.
For safety reasons, Parks Canada has delayed the start of the 2017 navigation season for the Trent-Severn Waterway and Rideau Canal by one week to Friday, May 26th.
Until May 26th, the Trent-Severn Waterway and Rideau Canal will be closed to all boat traffic, and all forms of water-based activities are discouraged. This closure will most importantly protect boater safety, and help to prevent further shoreline erosion and property damage experienced by local residents and businesses.
During this week, Parks Canada will continue to diligently make adjustments to water flows in order to restore safe conditions in preparation for the navigation season.
The public are welcome to continue to enjoy the canals' lock stations, which will be fully open to land-based visitors effective May 19th. Lock staff will be on hand to welcome them.
All visitors are encouraged to always exercise caution around water but especially now with elevated water levels and flows.