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Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site of Canada

Trent-Severn Waterway Navigation Season Opens

Peterborough, Ontario, May 17, 2013 – Parks Canada is pleased to announce that the Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site of Canada will open for the 2013 navigation season on Friday May 17th at 9:00 a.m.

Parks Canada is proud of the unique experience opportunities offered on Canada's historic canals. Maintenance and lock staff have been diligently preparing lockstations on the Trent-Severn Waterway for the 2013 navigation season. Our team looks forward to welcoming for another season, boaters and canal users as they discover one of the finest interconnected systems of navigation in the world.

Parks Canada advises that floating debris may cause potential hazards and that some navigation buoys may be out of position or partially submerged due to high flows currently being experienced. Furthermore, areas above and below water control dams should be avoided due to strong currents. As always along the Trent-Severn Waterway, Parks Canada monitors water levels and flows at various locations and responds to multiple needs including human health and safety, recreation, municipal water supply, protection of fish and wildlife habitat, hydro generation and flood mitigation.

Detailed trip planning information is available on Parks Canada’s website at www.pc.gc.ca and lockage and mooring permits can be purchased at lockstations or through Parks Canada’s online Shop and Reserve service. Members of the public are also welcome to phone Parks Canada's National Information Service at 1-888-773-8888. This year at Lock 32 (Bobcaygeon), check out a new mooring dock that will be available to accommodate extra day and overnight mooring.

Following extensive comments and ideas on the proposed canal lockage fee, Minister Kent - in consultation and with suggestions from canal Government Members of Parliament - announced on May 14 that Parks Canada will freeze recreational lockage fees along Canada's historic canals for three years at 2008 levels. During this time, Parks Canada will work with local Members of Parliament, community leaders and the tourism industry to develop and implement an improved operating model to ensure the long term financial sustainability of the canals operations.

Parks Canada is committed to work in partnership with others to ensure Canada's historic canal waterways meet their potential as world class sites, vibrant and animated. Together we will foster recreation, tourism and economic development in innovative ways that will contribute to local economies.