328 Paddlecraft Just Filled Both Tubs At Trent Severn National Historic Site In Epic Display

Last year, 138 paddlecraft were jammed into one of the ginormous "tubs" at the Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site in Peterborough on Lock n' Paddle day, breaking the previous record of 101. 

This is what it looked like at Lock 21 during last summer's Lock 'N Paddle...

June 26th, 2016

June 26th, 2016

This year, Lock 'N Paddle upped their game even more, filling both tubs on a beautiful Saturday (June 24th) with more than 150 canoes and kayaks each (to mark Canada's 150 birthday) and lifting them 65 feet.

It was one heck of a jigsaw puzzle for organizers and Lockmaster Ed, seen in this video below...

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But they did it. Look at this picture we took from mission control...

Photo by Neil Morton, PTBOCanada

Photo by Neil Morton, PTBOCanada

Here is the view from the front Trent-Severn Waterway tweeted out...

Here is the view from above photographed from a drone by Justen Soule for Parks Canada...

And once the lock chambers were at an equal elevation, the Lock Master halted the lockage and participants and visitors raised their paddles and sang both O Canada and Happy Birthday in celebration of 150 years of Confederation.

Have a listen of the Happy Birthday...

Here is the moment the chambers aligned...

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Here's a closeup of the East chamber tub filled...

PHoto by Neil Morton, PTBOCanada

PHoto by Neil Morton, PTBOCanada

And here's a closeup of the West chamber tub filled...

Photo by Neil Morton, PTBOCanada

Photo by Neil Morton, PTBOCanada

360 panorama by Evan Holt, PtboCanada

360 panorama by Evan Holt, PtboCanada

UPDATE: Here is video our Evan Holt filmed from inside a canoe...

Well done Lock 21, well done Peterborough!

Photo by Neil Morton, PTBOCanada

Photo by Neil Morton, PTBOCanada

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Trent-Severn Waterway Fully Open for Navigation

Parks Canada advises that the Trent-Severn Waterway is now fully open for boating traffic for the 2017 Navigation Season. All lock stations along the system are now welcoming visitors by land and through all locks.

Parks Canada thank all visitors and residents for their patience and cooperation as their staff worked diligently to address high water levels and flows caused by excessive precipitation to ensure safe boating conditions.

This year, lockage fees are free for recreational boaters, a great way to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. Boaters may order their passes on-line or they can be issued at any Lock Station. All that is required is your vessel registration number.   

Along with free lockage, the Trent-Severn Waterway’s signature event in celebration of Canada 150 will be “Lock’n Paddle” taking place on June 24th. The plan is to load 150 paddlecraft into each of the two chambers of the Peterborough Lift Lock National Historic Site of Canada.

Once the lockage takes place and the chambers are lifted to level, they plan to salute our great nation by singing “O Canada”.

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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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Over 15 Different Vehicles Will Be At Canadian Canoe Museum's Touch A Truck Event May 28th

The Canadian Canoe Museum is hosting its 4th annual Touch A Truck event on Sunday, May 28th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the museum's parking lot at 910 Monaghan Road.

This is the perfect event for young families who love to learn and explore. Children have the opportunity to climb, explore and touch over 15 different vehicles such as a fire a truck, a school bus and a mobile production truck!

The $5 admission (3 years of age and older) for the event includes admission to the Museum. Harvey’s will also be on site again this year, flipping burgers!

Proceeds from this event support the initiatives of the Canadian Canoe Museum.

Interested in bringing a truck? Click here.

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Riverview Park & Zoo Train To Open May Long Weekend

Barring any issues with their spring inspection, the Riverview Park & Zoo's train will open on the May long weekend. "We haven't missed it yet so I hope there's no issues," the zoo's Jim Moloney tells PTBOCanada.

The train has been a big hit at the zoo since first opening in the early '70s. Here are some pictures of the construction and train from those early days...

The splash pad is more weather dependant but should be open by mid-June, Moloney tells PTBOCanada.

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Epic: Peterborough Lift Lock Will Be Attempting To Fit 300 Canoes & Kayaks Into Their Chambers At Once

Last June, 138 canoes and kayaks filled one of the Lift Lock Chambers as part of part of Lock 'n Paddle Day at the Lift Lock (aka Lock 21) in Peterborough for National Canoe Day celebrations. That broke the previous record of 101 set in 2007.

Well if you thought that was epic, then Trent-Severn Waterway's Manager of Operations Chad Buchner says wait until you see what they have planned for this year's Lock N' Paddle. Buchner tells PTBOCanada they are not only going to fill the west chamber again this year but also the east chamber—both tubs!

2016 Lock 'N Paddle

2016 Lock 'N Paddle

So yes, on Saturday, June 24th this summer—as part of 150 Canada celebrations—the goal is for 300 paddlecraft to fit into the chambers at one time. It will be like a jigsaw puzzle to fit them all in but Buchner and the Trent-Severn team think they can do it.

2016 Lock N' Paddle

2016 Lock N' Paddle

"We are going to try and squeeze 150 paddlecraft in each of the two chambers," Buchner tells PTBOCanada, which is fitting since Canada is turning 150.

Buchner says he hopes this will turn into a huge community event with hundreds of spectators lining Lock 21 to watch the Chambers fill up, and documenting the day on social media to share across Canada and beyond.

Manager of Operations Chad Buchner

Manager of Operations Chad Buchner

More details are coming soon on the big day and how to be involved, so make sure to save that date—June 24th—and follow Trent-Severn Waterway on Twitter and Facebook as buzz builds for this amazing community event.

Learn more about the Lift Lock's amazing history here.

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Awesome New City-Wide Bike Share Program Launched

Fleming Student Administrative Council (SAC) announced an innovative new Bike Share program on Wednesday (April 19th) available to students, visitors and residents.

There are 15 bicycles located at three different racks in Peterborough: Fleming College Sutherland Campus, Peterborough Green-Up and the VentureNorth Building.

Bikes at VentureNorth Building in downtown Peterborough

Bikes at VentureNorth Building in downtown Peterborough

Funded in part by the City of Peterborough and Fleming SAC, the bikes are maintained and organized through Zagster. The award-winning bikes are designed with rider safety in mind and include automatic lights, a bell and full reflectors.

Riders join the program by signing up for $25 annual memberships. Rides for members—who must be 18 or older—are free for the first two hours, then $2 per hour after that. The service is free for Fleming students to use.

“This initiative further complements our efforts to make student transportation accessible and affordable," says Christopher Smith, General Manager of Fleming Student Administrative Council. "Through the Fleming student leadership, we are pleased to introduce this program.”


“Zagster’s unique model of all-inclusive bike sharing has proven successful in more than 150 communities across North America, including dozens of college campuses,” says Zagster Communications Manager Jon Terbush. “We’re confident this program will likewise achieve its goal of making bike sharing easy, accessible and affordable.”

Picture courtesy Fleming College

Picture courtesy Fleming College

“Several years ago Fleming committed to being a leader in sustainability," says Fleming College President Dr. Tony Tilly. "The Bike Share program will build on a culture of sustainability that we teach our students that they take with them in life and in work well beyond their time at Fleming.”

City of Peterborough Transportation Chair Don Vassiliadis adds: "Fleming SAC has been dedicated to increasing transportation options available to students. The City of Peterborough shares the vision of the Bike Share program and is pleased to be partnering on this initiative. Bike Share not only supports Fleming students but also Peterborough residents and its visitors all while making Peterborough greener and cleaner."

HOW IT WORKS

-> Bikes can be found via the free Zagster Mobile App.

-> Each bike has a unique number which riders enter into the app to obtain a number to open the lockbox on the back of the bike.

-> After a rider returns the bike to a designated Zagster bike station, the rental ends and the bike is available for the next person to enjoy.

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Canadian Canoe Museum Gets An Awesome New Van For Christmas Gift

Supporters have helped bring a wonderful early Christmas gift to the Canadian Canoe Museum—a new van for outreach, public programs and safe transfer of artifacts.

The Canadian Canoe Museum thanked community supporters for their contribution in helping raise funds for a new van—a much-needed piece of equipment for the museum’s public programs, outreach events and the safe, efficient transportation of its valued artifacts.

The museum first endeavoured to raise funds for the van by submitting the project to the Aviva Community Funding Competition. The museum experienced a huge amount of support from the community and museum stakeholders during the campaign, and was very competitive in the online voting round. Still, despite best efforts on all fronts, not enough online votes were earned to advance in the competition or receive the requested funding.
 
The momentum and support the museum generated from the Aviva campaign did not fizzle out. Advocates of the museum continued to persevere and raise funds through other means in order to secure this very important piece of equipment for the organization. Thanks to the champions of this fundraising campaign, by early December the museum had raised enough money for the purchase of the van.

The Canadian Canoe Museum sends thanks to all of the supporters and donors of this fundraising initiative including The Beaver Club Gala Committee, Les and Beverly Cassidy, Mercedes Benz Peterborough, Commercial Press & Design, and all of those who made donations at the Beaver Club Gala through the Paddles Up fundraising initiative.
 
“This is a game-changer for our on-water programs," says Stacey Arppe, the museum’s Volunteers and Public Programs Manager. "We can now transport our paddling camp participants and all of our canoes and gear with ease, and having this self-sufficient transportation means we can continue expanding our water-based programming”

This new equipment will make it possible for the museum’s award winning, on and off-water programming to become more accessible to schools, community groups and the general public.

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There Is Free New Year’s Eve Transit Again This Year In Peterborough

For the second year in a row, City of Peterborough & Wolfe Personal Injury Lawyers have announced FREE New Year’s Eve Bus and Handi-Van Service. About 3,000 riders used the free service last New Year's and the City anticipates usage will be even higher this year.
 
Service will be provided on all 12 regular routes and buses will run free of charge between 7:20 p.m. on December 31st and 3:20 a.m. on January 1st. The last bus will leave Peterborough’s downtown Simcoe Street terminal at 2:40 a.m. 

Don Vassiliadis, Chair of Transportation for City of Peterborough, riding a bus on New Year's Eve last year

Don Vassiliadis, Chair of Transportation for City of Peterborough, riding a bus on New Year's Eve last year

Handi-Van service will also run during the same hours, with two vans in service. Handi-Van customer service staff will accept trip request bookings from eligible clients until 12:20 a.m. and service will continue until 3:20 a.m. Handi-van bookings are accepted on a first come, first served basis. Handi-van riders wishing to travel during peak times are encouraged to reserve their trips in advance.    

Photo of transit users using the service last New Year's

Photo of transit users using the service last New Year's

The City of Peterborough and Wolfe Personal Injury Lawyers encourage residents to drink responsibly and to make their New Year’s Eve transportation plans ahead of time.

The continuation of the free New Year’s Eve Transit Service provides an additional transportation option, encouraging everyone to enjoy a safe and prosperous transition into 2017. 
 
Route maps are available here.

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