High water levels have led Parks Canada to temporarily close a number of lockstations along the Rideau Canal, some of them in Ottawa.
Beginning on Monday May 26 at 4 p.m., a number of lockstations will be closed to navigation, including at Hogs Back, Black Rapids, Long Island, Burritts Rapids, Lower Nicholsons, Upper Nicholsons, Clowes, Merrickville, Kilmarnock, Edmonds, Old Slys, Smiths Falls Combined & Smiths Falls Detached.
The following lockstations of the Rideau Canal remain open to navigation during normal operating hours: Ottawa Locks, Hartwells, Poonamalie, Beveridges, Narrows, Newboro, Chaffeys, Davis, Jones Falls, Upper Brewers, Lower Brewers and Kingston Mills.
Parks Canada says the high levels of water stem from excessive run-off from heavy rainfall and a late snow melt. The department will let the public know when the water levels recede enough to re-open the stations.