Canadian Yachting May 2015 - (Page 6)

WATERFRONT At a recent industry session for marina operators hosted by Boating Ontario, two key members of the Parks Canada staff came to update the audience on recent improvements to the Trent Severn and Rideau Waterways that will make a lot of boaters very happy! Jewel Cunningham, Director, Ontario Waterways and Chad Buchner, Manager of Canal Operations Ontario Waterway - Trent Severn Waterway were both on hand to speak and answer questions. We learned that following the very unpopular cuts made in in 2012, many of the changes were reversed in 2014 including the elimination of rotating crews that some boaters felt were a source of disruption. Overall, we expect that life on the Trent Severn and Rideau Waterways should be getting back to normal this summer in 2015. The most important message was that Parks Canada has a new focus on increasing visitation, Photos Courtesy of: Trent Severn and Rideau Waterway Update even among land-based users and they have a new business development unit to partner with the private sector to improve the quality of the experience for visitors and to drive increasing revenues. It's an interesting point that revenues from the waterways are reinvested into it. The second most important focus is asset reinvestment into the 100-year-old waterway and our readers will be delighted to know that a $2.8 billion Parks Canada investment into canal infrastructure represents funding like it has never seen in the past. If you move quickly you may be able to grab the 2 -for-1 deal available this spring; a marketing effort to try and bring people back. They also have other activities like their Educational programme on Learning How To Lock Through and more. Good news for the Trent Severn and Rideau Waterways! Flare Disposal Programme Aids Boaters Andy is at the Rigging Shoppe in Scarborough, ON with owner Carolyn Murray and John Gullick of CPS-ECP to learn about proper disposal of flares. Boating regulations dictate that boats over a certain size require up to date flares as part of their safety equipment. All flares have an expiry date, after which they have to be replaced to be within the scope of current safety regulations. The expiry date is clearly indicated on the side of each 6 Canadi an Yachti ng flare. The question is, what do you do with flares when it is time to dispose of ones that are past their due date? Go to the Canadian Yachting YouTube channel to view this interview which offers the latest info on not only disposal, but how many flares you need to keep on board depending on the size of your vessel, what types of flares are required, and even when it is ok for you to set a flare off at all. search 'Canadian Yachting magazine' or MAY 2015

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Canadian Yachting May 2015

Vantage Point: Fuelling your dreams
Waterfront: CPS Boating Tools on Video, Sneak Peeks at New models launching, Trent Severn Rideau Waterway update and much more...
Club Profile: Vancouver Rowing Club
Feature: Sharon Green: Sailing Photographer
Destination: Ghost Lake
Destintaion: Croatia
Destination: Georgian Bay Six-pack
Destination: New York Canals
Power Review: Beneteau GT 35
Crossing the Line: Explaining Sailing to Powerboaters

Canadian Yachting May 2015