Rideau Canal opening to 2017 Navigation in stages starting on Friday, May 26th 2017
Rideau Canal officials announced today that Jones Falls, Davis and Chaffeys lock stations are now open for business as usual. In addition, Brass Point Bridge is also operational.
Narrows and Newboro lock stations were open to navigation as well today bringing the total number of stations open in the southern sector of the Canal to five. All other lock stations will be open to land-based visitation but closed to boat traffic.
Please see the table for the most recent description of stations that will be open for navigation as of Friday, May 26, 2017. This list will be updated and released on a daily basis until all stations are fully open.
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. Updates will be provided regularly and communicated widely.
All visitors are encouraged to always exercise caution around water but especially now with water flows less predictable and stable than during regular navigation season.
For more information about the Rideau Canal, visit www.parkscanada.gc.ca/rideau, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter @RideauCanalNHS.