Rehabilitation Work Being Done To Earth Embankment Dams At Lift Lock & Trent-Severn Waterway

Many of you might have noticed the removal of trees and vegetation at the Earth dam at the Lift Lock.

Well the Lift Lock is one of several Earth embankment dams across the Trent-Severn Waterway that have been identified for rehabilitation or upgrades that may include repairs to washouts, removal of vegetation undermining their strength, and height increases.

Photo AT LIFT LOCK by Jay Callaghan

Photo AT LIFT LOCK by Jay Callaghan

According to Parks Canada, this work is being done to rehabilitate and strengthen earth dams—which are vital for flood mitigation and therefore the safety of visitors, residents and property.

Indeed, the long and the short is trees were never meant to be on a hill holding back water and some breaches were discovered in the earth dam a few years ago.

Picture via Parks Canada website

Picture via Parks Canada website

During phase one of the project, trees and shrubs growing along earth dams—which threaten the dam’s long-term integrity by creating places for seepage and erosion—are removed.

The plan is to remove stumps and to re-plant beneficial plants like milkweed and tall grasses at the dam sites.

Earth Dam rehabilitation is occuring across the Trent-Severn Waterway, as can be seen in this graph below...

Picture via Parks Canada website

Picture via Parks Canada website

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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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Trent-Severn Waterway Navigation Season Start Delayed Until May 26th

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.

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You Can Now Order Your Free Lockage Permit For 2017 On Trent Severn Waterway

Parks Canada has announced that boaters can now order their free lockage permits as part of Canada 150 celebrations, giving you an amazing chance to explore the Trent Severn Waterway and other waterways this year.

Photo via Parks Canada

Photo via Parks Canada

The free lockage permit for boaters is valid for the entire navigation season in 2017 and provides passage through Parks Canada’s historic canals like the Trent Severn.

Launch your adventure as part of Canada's 150 celebrations by clicking here for more info on getting the free lockage permit.



[Related: 15 Neat Facts About Construction Of Peterborough Lift Locks; 10 Neat Facts About Little Lake]

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Government of Canada Invests Nearly $270 Million to Improve the Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site

On Sunday (June 26th) on Lock N' Paddle day on the Trent-Severn, the Minister of Democratic Institutions and Member of Parliament for Peterborough–Kawartha, Maryam Monsef, announced a historic federal infrastructure investment of nearly $270 million to restore and improve the Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site.

This funding will be used to restore and repair bridges, dams, locks and historic masonry structures, as well as improve visitor safety thanks to new lighting, handrails and signage.

MP Monsef making the announcement on National Canoe Day. (Photo by Evan Holt)

MP Monsef making the announcement on National Canoe Day. (Photo by Evan Holt)

The Trent-Severn Waterway is one of Canada’s most visited national historic sites, welcoming more than one million visitors every year. It is an integral piece of Canada’s history, and a crucial transportation and recreational link for the region. It also operates as an integrated system that mitigates flooding to ensure public safety.

Photo by Trent-Severn Waterway

Photo by Trent-Severn Waterway

As we near the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017, the Government of Canada invites Canadians to experience and learn more about our environment and our heritage. As part of Budget 2016, the Government of Canada announced free lockage will also be free for boaters in 2017.

Canoers watching MP Monsef's historic announcement from the Trent-Severn (photo via Trent-Severn Waterway)

Canoers watching MP Monsef's historic announcement from the Trent-Severn (photo via Trent-Severn Waterway)

“This historic infrastructure investment from the Government of Canada will protect and preserve the Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site for residents and visitors alike," says MP Monsef. "From First Peoples to fur traders to lumber barons and steamship traffic, the Trent Severn has linked communities across Ontario for hundreds of years. Today’s investment will ensure Canadians can continue to work and play on its shores for generations to come.”

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Look At The Huge Canadian Flag Painted On The Ice At The Lift Lock

Look At The Huge Canadian Flag Painted On The Ice At The Lift Lock

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Ice Boating On Historic Trent-Severn Waterway Anyone?

Similar to sail boats, some people actually go ice boating. This incredible photo was taken on the historic Trent-Severn Waterway in Kawartha Lakes. What a beauty—we just had to share.

[via Facebook.com/ExploreKawarthaLakes]

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Fore! Man Arrested For Hitting Golf Balls Across Trent Severn Waterway Into Someone's Backyard

From a Peterborough Police release...

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On July 20, 2013 the accused was hitting golf balls from the backyard of a Wilson Street residence across the Trent Severn Waterway and landing in a backyard of a River Road South residence.  One of the golf balls hit and damaged a piece of patio furniture.  The victim’s had to move from their back yard into their residence in fear of being struck by one of the golf balls.  Police were notified and attended.  The accused has been warned prior by police for the same actions.  As a result of the investigation, Richard Alvarez, 37 of Lock Street, was arrested and charged with mischief under $5000.  He was released from custody and will appear in court on August 15, 2013.

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