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Rideau Canal now open despite “higher-than-average” flows

The Rideau Canal is open for the summer, but Parks Canada is offering a word of advice for anyone planning to use it. 

“Due to higher-than-average flows in all reaches,” a statement from the agency reads, “boaters, paddlers, and swimmers are asked to exercise caution. Floating debris may be present, and aids to navigation may be off-station as Parks Canada continues to monitor the navigation channels.” 

With the high water levels, boaters are also being asked to keep an eye on their wakes near docks and shorelines, so they don’t accidentally damage anyone’s property or hurt anyone. 

Staff members also say that the Rideau Canal’s popular “Learn to Paddle” program, where beginners can learn the basics of canoeing with a free lesson, is returning to Ottawa on June 1st.  

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