Boaters will have to wait at least another week before they can navigate the 387-kilometre long Trent Severn Waterway.
Parks Canada made the announcement Wednesday. And Greg Ddavis reports, for some it’s just a small ripple in the upcoming boating season.
Alex: It’s a little bit of a setback especially with the shorter season we have. down south they have a longer season. It kind of messes with our season a bit
Parks Canada announced Wednesday that the waterway’s opening which was set for this Friday has been suspended for a week. Officials say water flows are creating unsafe boating conditions.
Travelling across Chemong and Buckhorn lakes on Wednesday – Myers agrees.
The TSW will remain closed to all boat traffic as Parks Canada makes adjustments to water flows.
Chad Buchner: To allow us the ability to drain off some of the excess water we still have in much of our watershed.
Businesses that rely on boat traffic aren’t surprised by the delay. Buckhorn’s Mainstreet Landing Restaurant is more concerned about ongoing upgrades to Lock 31.
Carol Herrell: I don’t think its going to hurt us business wise – we will be business because it’s a long weekend. But there will be a lot of fishermen up because it’s the opening of pickerel season so it will be still busy. But I’m curious to see what will happen to the dockage – how will be people park?
Carol: A lot of people are commenting that they are going to try the locks because they haven’t been through the locks so it will bring a lot.
Parks Canada has added additional frontline staff as vessel traffic is expected to jump 30 per cent this season
Boaters can also receive updates this season via Twitter. Follow @TSWBoaterInfo
Greg Davis CHEX News Buckhorn