Here Is Why The Weather May Ruin Your Long Weekend Plans

Published May 19, 2019 at 12:42 am


If you are planning to visit Lake Ontario or Lake Huron this weekend, you may need to change your plans.

According to Parks Canada and The Weather Network, if you plan to travel along the Trent-Savern Waterway, you will not be able to do so until May 24.

The navigation season was supposed to begin May 17th, but due to high water flows, boating conditions through the Trent-Severn Waterway are unsafe. Boaters can travel through the waterway starting May 24th.

As a result, boaters will not be able to navigate the system connecting Lake Ontario to Lake Huron until May 24th. All forms of water-based activities are also discouraged.

This delay will ensure boater safety and help mitigate shoreline erosion and property damage, while Parks Canada staff continue to make adjustments to water flows to restore safe conditions for the navigation season.

However, the canal’s lock stations and The Murray Canal will be open for land-based visits.

The Lake Ontario St Lawrence River Board of the International Joint Commission is estimating that the Lake Ontario elevation will rise to 75.65 to 75.95 metres in late May or Early June. This is about two centimetres above the record set in 2017, which is when there were flood damages to structures near the Lake Ontario shoreline.

The Weather Network forecasts rain on Sunday, which may increase lake elevations. People are being advised to keep up with flood updates from the Credit Valley Conservation or your local media.

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