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Paddlers gather at Lock & Paddle in the Peterborough Lift Lock.

Where: Peterborough Lift Lock

When: June 24th from 10 AM to 3 PM

  • 10 AM – Registration Starts, Arrive Early
  • 10 AM to 3 PM – Vendors
  • 12 PM – Lock & Paddle!

Join us for another exciting year of Lock & Paddle at the Peterborough Lift Lock! Last year we were able to completely fill both tubs to the brim with 328 canoes and kayaks. This year our goal is to lock through as many paddlecraft as we can. The main event will begin at 12 PM but plan to arrive early to be registered and visit our on-site vendors.

Event Organized in Association with:

For more information, please contact us at: ont.trentsevern@pc.gc.ca

Registration

To participate in this year’s Lock & Paddle, you will need to register on site beginning at 10 AM. There will be two locations to register, one at the McFarlane Street Bridge parking lot and another on the west, bottom side of the Peterborough Lift Lock past the vendors. While we are aiming to make this an inclusive event, to guarantee participation be sure to arrive early. We encourage paddlers, if possible, to register at the top side location and paddle in from there. For those with accessibility concerns, please register at the bottom side location.

IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE YOU MUST WEAR YOUR PFD AND COLOURED WRISTBAND. Without these items you WILL NOT be permitted to enter the tubs.

What to bring

What to bring

  • Canoe or Kayak
  • Enough Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) for each paddler to wear during the event.
  • Sound signalling device, buoyant heaving line, and bailer for each boat.
  • Sunscreen and a hat!
  • Water Bottle
  • A Smile!
  • Dress for the weather: this is a rain or shine event!

Gear & Rental Options

Don’t have your own boat or gear but still want to make a splash? Check out these local rental options:

Event details

Where to go

Lock & Paddle is bigger and better this year, with more to do and see on site. 

Parking

Need to find a place to park? There are many options close by to the Peterborough Lift Lock.

  • Trent-Severn Waterway Headquarters - 2155 Ashburnham Drive, Peterborough
  • Eastgate Memorial Park - 2150 Ashburnham Drive, Peterborough
  • Beavermead Campground - 2011 Ashburnham Drive, Peterborough
  • Rogers Cove - 131 Maria Street, Peterborough

IMPORTANT: There will be no parking available at the Peterborough Lift Lock or Peterborough Lift Lock Visitor Centre. A paddlecraft drop off option is available at the Peterborough Lift Lock Visitor Centre.

Launch Options

Our goal is to have as many paddlers as possible at this event, so it’s important to know your best options to get your canoe or kayak into the water and on the way to the Peterborough Lift Lock. It is recommended that avid paddlers plan to paddle to the Peterborough Lift Lock from one of the first four options in order to allow those with less experience or accessibility concerns the ability to enter the waterway at the Visitor Centre.

NOTE: When paddling to Lock 20 - Ashburnham allow an extra 45-60 minutes to transfer and paddle to the Lock 21 - Peterborough Lift Lock.

  • Warsaw Swing Bridge – Parkhill Road E and Canal Road, Peterborough – 20 Minute Paddle to Peterborough Lift Lock.
  • McFarlane Bridge – McFarlane Street and Ashburnham Drive, Peterborough – 10 Minute Paddle to Peterborough Lift Lock.
    • Top Side Registration - Drop Off Only
  • Trent-Severn Waterway Headquarters - 2155 Ashburnham Drive, Peterborough – Launch at the top, west side of Lock 20 – Ashburnham
  • Beavermead Campground - 2011 Ashburnham Drive, Peterborough - 5 Minute Paddle to Lock 20
  • Rogers Cove - 131 Maria Street, Peterborough - 5 Minute Paddle to Lock 20
  • Millennium Park - 130 King Street, Peterborough – 20 Minute Paddle to Lock 20
  • Del Crary Park - 100 George Street, Peterborough - 35 Minute Paddle to Lock 20
  • Peterborough Lift Lock Visitor Centre - 353 Hunter Street East, Peterborough
    • Bottom Side Registration - Drop Off Only

 

Safety

To ensure the safety of all those participating there will be two safety boats in each of the tubs during both transfers with NLS-certified volunteers. There will also be two safety boats each in the lower and upper reach of the canal. In addition, EACH passenger MUST be wearing a PFD in order to participate in the event. There is NO alcohol permitted at this event.

*Due to safety concerns stand up paddle boards will not be permitted.*

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Reminder: Please refrain from flying your recreational drones during Lock and Paddle. Thank you!

Vendors

This year we have encouraged some local vendors to participate in the event. They will be located on bottom side of the Peterborough Lift Lock, along the trail. Plan your day and check out our great selection of vendors:

Lock and Paddle 2017 at the Peterborough Lift Lock

Transcript

Parks Canada Logo

[Aerial shot of paddlers approaching Lock 21]

Lock ’n’ Paddle 2017

[Paddlers getting ready to enter Lock 21]

Parks Canada

In partnership with

The Canadian Canoe Museum

The Land Canadian Adventures

[Group shot of paddlers with Canada 150 flag]

[Paddlers filled into the East tub of Lock 21]

[Aerial shot of both tubs filled with paddlers mid transfer]

[Aerial shot of West tub filled with paddlers passing around beach balls]

[Time lapse of transfer from old control tower]

[A look inside the control tower with Parks Canada employee]

[Paddlers filled into the East tub with view of old control tower]

[Aerial wrap around shot of East tub filled with Paddlers]

[Shot of both tubs filled with canoes mid transfer]

[Close up of West tub passing around beach balls]

[Aerial shot of East tub, looking towards paddlers in lower reach]

[Aerial shot of both tubs filled mid transfer]

[Closing shot of West tub waving towards camera]

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© Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada, represented by Parks Canada, 2017

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