Harper Government announces expanded service on Trent-Severn Waterway
Enhanced visitor service will help families create memories, meaningful experiences and better connect with nature
June 23, 2014 - Peterborough, Ontario - Office of the Minister of the Environment, Parks Canada - Bruce Stanton, Member of Parliament for Simcoe North, on behalf of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment and Minister Responsible for Parks Canada, today announced enhanced visitor service on the Trent-Severn Waterway with extended operating hours to support tourism, economic development and help Canadians connect with the incredible experiences along this heritage waterway.
Enhancing service through extended hours on the Trent-Severn Waterway supports the National Conservation Plan that was recently launched by Prime Minister Stephen Harper. The NCP will provide a shared and coherent vision to advance conservation efforts across the country. It will enable Canadians across the country to conserve and restore lands and waters, and enhance the connections between citizens and natural spaces.
Beginning in time for the busy Canada Day long weekend, the Trent-Severn Waterway lock stations will operate from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Fridays through Sundays and holidays during the summer months. In addition, during the peak visitor season, Parks Canada will end the use of mobile crews and will provide “upon arrival” service at all lock stations and bridges along the Trent-Severn. This service will be implemented as soon as possible.
In total, Parks Canada will add a total of 112 hours to the navigation schedule over the entire boating season. Full hours of operation are available at www.parkscanada.gc.ca/trent.
Today’s announcement builds on other recent Government of Canada actions to enhance visitor experiences along Ontario’s heritage canals. Some recent actions include:
- A partnership with the Canoe Museum on the Trent-Severn Waterway to explore moving the Museum to the Peterborough Lift Lock;
- A new collaborative relationship between Parks Canada and Ontario Waterpower Association to manage and develop the hydroelectric potential of national historic canal systems in Ontario, foster new infrastructure investment, encourage clean hydroelectric energy and support the long-term sustainability of the Trent-Severn Waterway and Rideau Canal;
- Establishing a new structure to support the Waterways on business development;
- A collaborative relationship between Parks Canada and the Boating Ontario Association to better understand our canal boaters in Ontario; and,
- Parks Canada is also considering new land and water based visitor opportunities, all while maintaining support for our tourism operators and industry.
- In March 2014, the Government of Canada announced an investment of $58 million over the next two years across the Trent-Severn Waterway for dam safety and in preventative maintenance projects for bridges, dams, lock gates and retaining walls, as well as the management of navigation markers and visitor facilities.
- At 386 kilometres in length, the Trent-Severn Waterway is recognized as "one of the finest interconnected systems of navigation in the world" and provides our region with beauty, recreation and a unique sense of history.
- In addition to being a working waterway, the Trent-Severn Waterway is a national historic site that welcomes over one million visitors a year.
- Through initiatives like these, Canada's National Conservation Plan is taking concrete action to connect Canadians to nature. In addition, the ongoing work of Parks Canada and programs – like the Xplorers program, Learn-to Camp and special events and exciting new activities and programs across the country – are enhancing visitor experience and facilitating personal connections with Parks Canada places.
“Our Government has made record investments in canals and we continue working with our partners and communities to allow canals to be premier tourism destinations, generate revenue, foster recreation and economic development, and ultimately build strong communities and support Canadian families.”
Member of Parliament for Simcoe North
“I am pleased to hear about our Government’s commitment to the Trent-Severn Waterway (TSW). The TSW is not only vital to support a robust tourism season, but is key for many businesses and industries located in and around the waterway to thrive, grow and prosper.”
Member of Parliament for Northumberland-Quinte West
"Canals are an integral part of our infrastructure and Canadian Heritage. I am proud to support investments in our communities which benefits local businesses and enhance tourism."
Member of Parliament for Prince Edward-Hastings