Harper Government freezes recreational lockage fees for three years
Parks Canada to work with stakeholders to identify long term sustainability solutions for the historic canals
OTTAWA, May 14, 2013 /CNW/ – The Honourable Peter Kent, Canada’s Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, today announced that recreational lockage fees along Canada’s historic canals will remain frozen for the next three years at 2008 levels.
“Since the beginning of our consultation process on canal fees, we have been committed to listening and acting in the best interests of the residents who live, work and visit our canals,” said Minister Kent. “We recognize the importance of canals to Canada’s heritage, the tourism industry and the thousands of people who use them each year. That is why following consultations with Government Members of Caucus who live along the canals, I am pleased to announce that Parks Canada will freeze lockage fees for three years.”
“During this time, Parks Canada and I will work with local Members of Parliament, community leaders and the tourism industry to develop and implement an improved operating model to ensure the long term financial sustainability of the canals operations. These long term solutions will need to address all aspects of the canals operations.”
As part of the long-term financial sustainability of the canals operations, Parks Canada is already considering new visitor opportunities that will benefit a broad range of canals users, and create new sources of revenue, all while maintaining support for our tourism operators and industry.
SOURCE: Parks Canada
2013 Hours of Operation
May 17 to June 20
Monday to Thursday 10:00am – 4:00pm
Friday to Sunday; and Victoria Day 9:00am – 5:00pm
June 21 to Sept 2
Monday to Thursday 9:00am – 5:00pm
Friday to Sunday; and Canada Day, August Civic Holiday and Labour Day 9:00am – 6:00pm
Sept 3 to Oct 14
Monday to Thursday 10:00am – 4:00pm
Friday to Sunday; and Thanksgiving 9:00am–5:00pm
The 2013 season will offer a mobile crew service at the following locations. This service will begin at the beginning of each day. The mobile crew will complete as many lockages as possible within the scheduled hours of operation. Boaters can contact mobile crew staff by telephone upon their on-site arrival to seek the next estimated lockage time.
LOCKS 8 AND 9
LOCKS 13 AND 14
LOCKS 22 AND 23
Bridge 44 and LOCKS 37, 38 AND 39
LOCKS 10 AND 11/12
LOCKS 15 AND 16/17
LOCKS 24 AND 25
LOCKS 40, 41 AND Bridge 50
LAST LOCKAGE – IMPORTANT
- All vessels must arrive at the designated blue zone at least 30 minutes before closing time.
- At swing bridges, the last bridge swing will be 20 minutes prior to closing time.
NOTE: station opening and closing times, as well as first and last lockage, are not guaranteed and may be affected by water management duties, maintenance activities or other types of navigation interruptions.
Mobile Crews: This is a service that has been utilized on weekdays in the spring and fall at the Trent-Severn Waterway since 1997. In a mobile crew, lock staff travel and conduct lockages at multiple lock stations in a series. Mobile crews will travel with groups of boats within a “grouping”. This has been referred to as “flying crews” or “roaming crews”.
Groupings: This term describes the number of lock and bridge stations that a mobile crew are operating. The largest grouping operated by a single mobile crew will be 3 lock stations. This size grouping has been implemented at the Trent-Severn Waterway since 1997.
Phone Number Service: This is a new service that will be provided for boaters during the 2013 season. Each lock and bridge station that is operated with a mobile crew will have informational signage on the lock station including contact information for the responsible mobile crew. The lock staff will provide estimated lockage times for that boater.
Travel Time: Is the estimated time it will take for a boat to travel through a series of locks. There are two considerations for travel time:
- The average time it takes to pass a boat through a lock and;
- The boating speed of 10 km/h.
It is important to note that travel time does not factor in potential wait times at the entry points of groupings.
Upon Arrival Lockage: Lockages will occur at most locations on an “upon arrival” basis. This means that lockages will be conducted continually throughout the day by staff stationed at that site.
Mobile crews on the Trent-Severn Waterway were first utilized in 1997. Mobile crews operate multiple lock stations, conducting lockages within a grouping. Each lock station operated by mobile crews will be equipped with a phone number that will connect the boater to the lock staff, in order to be provided with an estimated lockage time.
MULTIPLE LOCK STATION GROUPINGS AND ESTIMATED TRAVEL TIMES ARE AS FOLLOWS*
LOCKS 1,2 AND 3 (1 hr 45 mins)
LOCKS 4,5 AND 6 (1 hr 50 mins)
LOCKS 8 AND 9 (1 hour)
LOCKS 10 AND 11/12 (1 hr 25 mins)
LOCKS 13 AND 14 (1 hr 10 mins)
LOCKS 15 AND 16/17 (1 hr 10 Mins)
LOCKS 22 AND 23 (1 hour)
LOCKS 24 AND 25 (1 hour)
Bridge 44 and LOCKS 37, 38 AND 39 (1 hr 45 mins)
LOCKS 40, 41 AND Bridge 50 (1 hr 10 mins)
- Travel times are calculated with a boat speed of 10 km/hr.
- Estimated travel times do not reflect possible wait times.
- Accurate wait times can be provided by lock staff by using the phone number service.