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Trent-Severn Waterway to Open in Stages

Published By: Jonathan Lee

The Trent-Severn Waterway 2017 Navigation Season will begin opening in stages starting this coming Friday, May 26th.

Increased precipitation in Ontario 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.

Please note the table showing the stations that will be open for navigation as of May 26. This Parks Canada Trent-Severn lock list will be updated and released on a daily basis until all stations are fully open.

Parks Canada says the staged opening of the waterway will protect boater safety and help to prevent further shoreline erosion and property damage experienced by local residents and businesses. Parks Canada has also promised to work diligently to open the entire system for navigation as soon as it is safe to do so.

All visitors to the Trent-Severn system are encouraged to exercise caution around water, especially now that water flows are less predictable and stable than during regular navigation season.

For more information about the Trent-Severn Waterway, visit or watch for updates on social media (Twitter: @TrentSevernNHS, @TSWBoaterInfo and @VNTSInfoNav (French)).