Trent-Severn and Rideau openings delayed due to flooding

As the May long weekend approaches, the traditional start to the summer boating season in Canada, the season will be delayed a while due to the recent flooding in parts of Ontario.

Parks Canada has announced that it will not have the Trent-Severn Waterway or the Rideau Canal open in time for the Victoria Day long weekend.

Officials announced on Wednesday that water levels are high and flows along the Trent-Severn and Rideau are still extreme. Because of this, Parks Canada said boating conditions are unsafe.

“The closure will mostly protect boater safety and help to prevent further shoreline erosion and property damage experience by local residents and businesses,” Parks Canada said in a statement.

The opening of the waterways is now scheduled to take place on May 26.

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