Due To Unsafe Boating Conditions Parks Canada Is Delaying Start Of Navigation Season

Due to unsafe boating conditions, Parks Canada is delaying the start of the 2019 navigation season for the Trent-Severn Waterway until Friday, May 24th.

Above normal snowpack in some areas and significant precipitation system-wide have resulted in extreme high water levels and flows throughout the Trent-Severn Waterway, which causes unsafe boating conditions.

Picture courtesy parks canada

Picture courtesy parks canada

Until then, the Trent-Severn Waterway will remain closed to all boat traffic and all forms of water-based activities are discouraged. This closure will ensure boater safety, and help to mitigate shoreline erosion and property damage experienced by local residents and businesses.

During this week, Parks Canada will diligently continue to 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 starting May 17th, and lock staff will be on hand to welcome them. 

Visitors are encouraged to always exercise caution around water. This is especially important now with elevated water levels and flows.

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Blast From The Past: Old Boat Motors Designed At Outboard Marine On Display At Little Lake

Outboard Marine, which once employed about 2,000 employees in Peterborough before closing in the Nineties, was famous for, among many other things, producing Johnson and Evinrude engines.

Classic boat show, Little Lake

Classic boat show, Little Lake

Some of those were on display on Saturday (September 16th) on the shores of Little Lake at a classic boat display.

Classic boat show, Little Lake

Classic boat show, Little Lake

All the motor logo designs pictured throughout the post were done by George Elliott, the renowned local artist and illustrator who worked at Outboard Marine as a graphic designer in the '60s, '70s and '80s before leaving to commit himself full time to his art vocation. (George is the father of our Brand Strategist, Aaron Elliott.)

George was featured (see below, bottom left) in an old dealer publicaton called Pioneer Chips.

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Many of our readers may recall these classic old designs, and perhaps might even be using these motors now.

"To see my Dad's designs still around and being cherished after decades is incredible to witness," Aaron says. "It's neat to see they live on."

Classic boat show, Little Lake

Classic boat show, Little Lake

Classic boat show, Little Lake

Classic boat show, Little Lake

Here is a picture of Outboard Marine back in the day (where the Canadian Canoe Museum is now located)...

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Trent-Severn Waterway To Open for Navigation In Stages Starting Friday, May 26th

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...

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