Rideau Canal locks to stay open longer

Great news for boaters!

Ottawa Citizen

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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