Skip to main content

Course Outline

Some of the canals in Canada that were originally built for commercial traffic are now operated by Parks Canada to provide navigation areas and protect heritage values. These historic canals include both single locks and interconnected systems of locks, channels, and rivers.

When operating in one of Canada’s historic canals, follow these rules.

  • Make sure you have good mooring lines.
  • Fasten the correct number and size of boat fenders to your pleasure craft.
  • Avoid excessive noise between 11:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.
  • Do not fish within 10 metres (32.8 feet) of a lock or mooring wharf.
  • Do not dive, jump, scuba dive, or swim:
    • In a navigation channel or…
    • Within 40 metres (131 feet) of a lock gate or a dam.
  • Avoid towing a person on water skis or other similar device while:
    • In a navigation channel or…
    • Within 100 metres (328.1 feet) of a lock structure.
  • Do not moor your pleasure craft to a navigation aid.
  • Unit 4 of 6
  • Topic 4 of 9
  • Page 1 of 4