Fenelon Falls Diamond Jubilee & Dock Opening
Peterborough, Ontario, July 30, 2012 – On July 21, 2012, Parks Canada Trent-Severn Waterway (TSW) Superintendent Dawn Bronson helped to open a new section of dockage with hydro and water hook-up in Fenelon Falls at the community celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The combination of new dockage and new services has both served to increase revenue for the Trent-Severn Waterway, and enhance the experience for new and returning visitors.
The partnership with the Fenelon Falls Chamber of Commerce to complete this and previous sections of dockage has been three years in the making. “We’re thrilled that these new docks will allow more visitors to enjoy the Parks Canada experience at Fenelon Falls, “ says TSW Finance Manager Dwight Blythe. “The revenue generated from hydro and water hook-up in Fenelon Falls from this year and last, and a similar project in Frankford, is new money for the Waterway.”
To build excitement for the event and participation from the boating community, the committee organizing the celebrations in Fenelon Falls held a boat parade and secured local and corporate sponsorship from Castle Building Centres to offer free lockage that day at Bobcaygeon Lock 32, Lindsay Lock 33, Fenelon Falls Lock 34, and Rosedale Lock 35.
Boat traffic for most of the locks where free lockage was offered increased from the same weekends in the 2011 season. However, it’s the anecdotal evidence from Lock staff that helps to explain how free lockage made this day unique. All have said that a significant number of the boaters to visit and lock through on Saturday were new to the locks and indicated that they would like to return. “Our records show that we locked 113 vessels through Fenelon Falls on Saturday, July 23rd of last year, and 226 vessels through at the event last Saturday,” says Fenelon Falls Lockmaster Andrew Faulkner. “This is a big increase, but also, 80% of the vessel traffic that took advantage of the free lockage were new faces to Lock 34.”
For more information on the Trent-Severn Waterway, please visit www.parkscanada.gc.ca/trent.
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