Parks Canada temporarily closing lockstations on Rideau Canal due to high water levels

Ottawa Citizen

In a rare move, Parks Canada is temporarily closing more than a dozen lockstations along the Rideau Canal, including in Ottawa, due to high water levels, producing headaches for some boaters across the region.

The agency announced Sunday a number of lockstations will be closed to navigation, effective 4 p.m. on Monday, including: Hog’s Back, Black Rapids, Long Island, Burritts Rapids, Lower Nicholsons, Upper Nicholsons, Clowes, Merrickville, Kilmarnock, Edmonds, Old Slys, Smiths Falls Combined & Smiths Falls Detached.

Parks Canada says it hopes to have the lockstations open again by Friday, before boating traffic picks up on the weekend.

“We’ll do what we can with the plan to open for navigation on Friday,” said Parks Canada spokesman Steve Blake.

The following lockstations on the canal remain open to navigation during normal operating hours: Ottawa Locks, Hartwell, Poonamalie, Beveridges, Narrows, Newboro, Chaffeys, Davis, Jones Falls, Upper Brewers, Lower Brewers and Kingston…

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