Issued: May 25, 2021

PETERBOROUGH, ONTARIO, MAY 25, 2021 – Parks Canada advises that the Peterborough Lift Lock will begin the 2021 Navigation Season operating on a modified basis to allow for needed repairs.

The Peterborough Lift Lock National Historic Site of Canada was built in 1904 and has been in continuous operation for 117 years, providing visitors with safe and enjoyable experiences.

Similar to other historic infrastructure, with extensive use, wear and tear, the need for regular maintenance is normal and expected. The Parks Canada Asset Management Team at the Trent-Severn Waterway has identified repairs that will be undertaken this coming spring with an anticipated return to full normal operations by the end of June 2021.

For boaters, modified lockages will be conducted and delays experienced by boaters will vary depending on the position of the Lift Lock tubs when the boater arrives. Boaters will be asked to disembark their vessels while the transfer is underway. Vessels going up will experience a lockage time of approximately four hours, while downbound vessels will experience a lockage time of approximately 45 minutes.

As part of Parks Canada’s ongoing effort to combat COVID-19 and in order to ensure the safety of both visitors and employees, masks are required to use Parks Canada facilities or to receive assistance from Parks Canada team members when a distance of 6 feet cannot be maintained.

Visitor safety, as well as the safety of our team members, is of the utmost importance to Parks Canada, and we appreciate your understanding and patience.

Boaters wishing additional information to aid with trip planning can contact us via email at

For the most up-to-date information regarding our facilities and services, please visit us online at or follow us on social media @TrentSevernNHS


Karen Feeley
Public Relations and Communications Officer
Trent-Severn Waterway
Parks Canada