Rideau Canal temporarily closes navigation across canal; Ottawa, Newboro, and Narrows locks remain open

July 25, 2017
Smiths Falls, ON            
Parks Canada

Increased levels of precipitation have resulted in high flows and water levels across the Rideau Canal.  In order to ensure a safe and navigable waterway, Parks Canada announces a temporary closure of the majority of the canal (except for Ottawa, Newboro, and Narrows lock stations) while necessary adjustments are made.

This decision was taken after careful consideration of the current situation and is in order to ensure visitor safety, a top priority of the Rideau Canal.

Boaters within the canal are asked to stay moored until further notice.

All visitors are encouraged to always exercise caution around water but especially now with the current elevated water levels and flows.

Parks Canada thanks the public for their patience and cooperation at this time while our team works hard to manage water on the system.  Water management is working diligently to rectify the situation during this busy time in order to return the navigation channel to regular, seasonal operations as soon as possible.

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