Great news for boaters!
The lock stations along the Rideau Canal will stay open later starting this weekend, Parks Canada announced Monday, partly retreating from a decision to shorten the hours last year.
Boaters and tourism groups objected to the shorter hours last year, and blamed them for a record low number of boats passing through the canal in 2013: just 56,750, fewer even than used the canal in 2004, when a strike disrupted lock services.
So, the announcement said, the canal’s locks will open a little later in the day but also stay open later. Between June 27 and Sept. 1, “the busy summer season,” boats will be locked through from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday to Sunday (plus holidays, including Labour Day).
From Sept. 1 to Oct. 13, the hours will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Thursday, and 9 a.m. to…
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