New Dockage in Fenelon Falls on the Trent-Severn Waterway
The Fenelon Falls & District Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with Parks Canada and the Fenelon Falls Power Links committee have this summer installed 212 feet of new dockage at Lock 34 in Fenelon Falls, in addition to the installation of shore power and water hook-up for moored vessels. This expands upon 303 feet of similarly equipped dockage installed and officially opened on July 1, 2011, and 250 feet of improved dockage installed the year before. Additional funding was received from the Kawartha Lakes Community Futures Development Corporation, and a land transfer from the City of Kawartha Lakes to Parks Canada is in process.
The community of Fenelon Falls has made significant investments toward the beautification of Parks Canada's Lock 34 on the Trent-Severn Waterway, resulting in an improved experience for visitors to the community (by water or car), and increased economic activity.
Parks Canada investments have a profound impact on tourism and the economies of local communities. Parks Canada is Canada's largest provider of natural and historic tourism products, of which the Trent-Severn Waterway is one. A report entitled The Economic Impact of Parks Canada, released by the Honourable Peter Kent in November 2011, reveals that annual expenditures made by Parks Canada and the millions of visitors to Canada's national parks, national historic sites, and national marine conservation areas, make a substantial and widespread contribution to the Canadian economy.
Fenelon Falls is a village in Ontario, Canada, and part of the City of Kawartha Lakes. This "Jewel of the Kawarthas" has a population of 1,800 permanent inhabitants, which swells in the summer due to tourism and cottaging. Fenelon Falls is home to Lock 34 on the Trent-Severn Waterway between Sturgeon Lake and Cameron Lake.
Fenelon Falls was one of two communities in Ontario to receive $10,000 of federal funding to host a celebration of the Queen's Diamond Jubliee this summer. To build excitement and participation from the boating community, a boat parade was held on Cameron Lake. Free lockage for the day at Bobcaygeon Lock 32, Lindsay Lock 33, Fenelon Falls Lock 34, and Rosedale Lock 35 was provided by Castle Building Centres and their local dealers - Handley Lumber in Fenelon Falls, J. Austin & Sons in Kinmount, Jermyn Lumber in Bobcaygeon, and Alf Curtis Home Improvements in Lindsay and Peterborough.
Fenelon Falls Diamond Jubilee & Dock Opening