Parks Canada has invested an unprecedented $3 billion over 5 years to support infrastructure work to heritage, visitor, waterway, and highway assets located within national historic sites, national parks, and national marine conservation areas across Canada. These historic investments will mitigate health and safety risks, protect nationally significant built heritage, and stimulate the economy in communities across the country.

Interior of the Fenelon Falls Lock 34 lock chamber, looking down into the lock from the upstream West gates, at the downstream East side of the lock. Blue downstream gates are visible, as well as lock operating building and roadway.

The painting of the lock gates at Fenelon Falls Lock 34 are a part of this historic investment. Painting and routine maintenance helps to extend the lifespan of lock gates by protecting against rusting, corrosion, and natural wear.

Last winter, the upper lock gates were removed and painted offsite. This season, due to their size and the potential for the gates to twist upon removal, the lower lock gates are being painted in
place. The lock has been de-watered and the Trent-Severn Waterway northern maintenance group has been working on preparing the gates for painting – removing the seals and completing timely maintenance tasks. An enclosure will be constructed around the gates by the contractor in the first week of January to keep the weather out, and to allow the space to be heated for proper curing.

The project is scheduled to finish near the end of March 2018, and the site will be restored for the opening of the navigation season in May.

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