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RIDEAU CANAL OPENS TODAY, JUNE 1, WITH COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

LIMITED VISITOR ACCESS AND BASIC SERVICES RESUME AT RIDEAU CANAL NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE

SM ITHS FALLS, ONTARIO, M ay 27, 2020 – Starting June 1, 2020 the Rideau Canal National Historic Site will offer limited visitor access and basic services along the entire system, with the exception of Jones Falls and Kingston Mills.

Visitors will be able to access the following services and facilities:

  •   lockage, boat launches, access points and mooring areas;
  •   day-use areas, including green spaces, picnic areas, and parking lots;
  •   day-use trails, including some cycling access on designated trails and pathways ;
  •   lockstation grounds; and
  •   public toilets where enhanced cleaning protocols will be implemented .

    Until June 1, these facilities remain closed and we ask that visitors respect these closures in order to allow canal staff to do the necessary work to prepare for opening.

    Jones Falls and Kingston Mills lockstations will not open on June 1 as important infrastructure work is ongoing in both of these locations. It is expected that this work will be completed and the entire system will be open for navigation later in June.

    Visiting the Rideau Canal National Historic Site will be different than it has been in the past. Visitors are asked to plan ahead by checking the Rideau Canal National Historic website before they travel to find out:

  •   what is open;
  •   what they can expect, including modified lockage and mooring protocols;
  •   how to prepare for their visit.

    The health and safety of visitors and employees is of utmost importance to the Government of Canada. Parks Canada is following the advice of public health experts and continues to make every effort to limit the spread of COVID-19. Visitors should follow the advice of public health experts, including necessary hygiene practices and physical distancing of two metres from others.

    Parks Canada is asking Canadians to be cautious and conservative in their use of these places, to observe any regional or Ontario travel restrictions and to respect any closures that are in place. Anyone participating in recreational activities should be extra cautious to avoid injury and/or getting lost to help minimize the demands placed on search and rescue teams and on the health care system.

    All camping facilities remain closed until at least June 21, 2020, while Parks Canada assesses whether and how these services might resume. Group activities and public events are suspended until further notice.

Sounds of spring this week in Westport? Construction!!!!

Another week of hammering, sawing and heavy machinery chugging in the ‘Port.  It sounds amazing, doesn’t it?  Home owners are fixing roofs, adding additions, and finishing projects.  Fetch Murphy Way was paved so no more wash outs in the next heavy rain. The foundation of the new basketball court was constructed and is waiting for the concrete.  The framing of the covered stage is also underway in the park.  (Remember – neither the basketball court nor covered stage is funded through tax dollars, rather by fund raising and grants.)

What an exhilarating feeling in the Village!

Official opening of the stage will take place on July 1.  More details to follow.

stage June 15-18

 

VILLAGE SPRING CLEAN UP DAY SATURDAY, MAY 12 @ 9:30 Town Hall

If you have a few hours on Saturday, May 12 please help us get the Village cleaned up for the long week-end!  Since 2015, volunteers have spent a couple of hours sweeping and raking in the Village.  The morning starts at 9:30 with coffee and baked goods at Town Hall when you register.   We finish with pizza at the Spring at noon.  Please bring a rake, work gloves and wear a bright coloured shirt.  We will supply the rest.

Save the Date – Wednesday, November 15, 2017 @ 7:45 am

The topic for the next BREAKFAST WITH THE MAYOR is:

The importance of Succession / Business Owner Planning: From growth to sudden/planned transition.  We have two or three speakers – including financial planner, accountant and lawyer – who will speak directly to the business owners about planning for your financial future.  Whether it is passing your business to your children, selling it to others or just closing the doors – there are many things that you should be thinking about now.

Everyone is invited.  We have tailored the presentation for business owners.

More information to follow….