By learning how to use locks, you will have a host of new opportunities for operating your pleasure craft on Canadian waters. Lock attendants are present at most locks to help you through safely.
A series of dams on a river help maintain enough water depth to allow river traffic to operate year-round. As a result of a dam, there will be two levels of water at the dam site—one level above the dam and a different one below. Locks safely transport boats from one water level to another, like an elevator.
When approaching a lock:
- Be aware that commercial traffic always has priority over pleasure craft.
- Wait behind the blue line on the mooring wharf until you get a signal to enter the lock.
- Enter the lock only after you’ve been signaled to enter by the lock’s traffic lights or by the lock attendant. Otherwise, stay well clear of the lock.