News from Parks Canada, 23 June 2014 Enhanced visitor service will help families create memories, meaningful experiences and better connect with nature Gord Brown, Member of Parliament for Leeds-Grenville, on behalf of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment and Minister Responsible for Parks Canada, today announced enhanced visitor service on the Rideau Canal with extended operating hours to support tourism, economic development and help Canadians connect with the incredible experiences along this heritage waterway. Enhancing service through extended hours on the Rideau Canal supports the recently launched National Conservation Plan (NCP) by Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Beginning in time for the busy Canada Day long weekend, the Rideau Canal lock stations will operate from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Fridays through Sundays and holidays during the summer months. In addition, Parks Canada will now be providing “upon arrival” service all season at Beveridges lock station and operate under the same hours as the rest of the canal for the entire season. In total, Parks Canada will add a total of 112 hours to the navigation schedule over the entire boating season. Full hours of operation are available at www.parkscanada.gc.ca/trent. Other recent Government of Canada actions to enhance visitor experiences along Ontario’s heritage canals include: • A collaborative and innovative Visitor Experience Opportunities Concept project to foster recreation, tourism and economic development throughout the Rideau Canal corridor; • A new collaborative relationship between Parks Canada and Ontario Waterpower Association to manage and develop the hydroelectric potential of national historic canal systems in Ontario, foster new infrastructure investment, encourage clean hydroelectric energy and support the long-term sustainability of the Trent-Severn Waterway and Rideau Canal; • Establishing a new structure to support the Waterways on business development; • A collaborative relationship between Parks Canada and the Boating Ontario Association to better understand our canal boaters in Ontario; and, • Parks Canada is also considering new land and water based visitor opportunities, all while maintaining support for our tourism operators and industry.