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29 March 2013

Different Mooring Rates for Canals & National Parks

I've discovered that fees for the Georgian Bay National Park and the St. Lawrence National Park are much lower than the Rideau Canal (and all other heritage canals).  Since they are all operated by Parks Canada, why are mooring fees different? I was assured the proposed canal fees were to be standard across Canada and (wrongly) assumed the mooring fees would also be standardized. Especially since day mooring on the canals had previously been free. If you are just anchoring, the daily fee is $5.80 per person (with other fees for seniors etc.).

Georgian Bay Islands National Park of Canada

Mooring Fees per Foot 2013 St. Lawrence Rideau Canal
Day (up to 12 hours, but not overnight)$ 0.40$ 0.50
Overnight (includes day mooring)$ 0.90$ 1.25
Seasonal$ 9.80$20.00

Current heritage canal mooring fees will remain in effect until the proposed Canal mooring fees are finally implemented in 2013.

Parks Canada's 3rd canal fees proposal


At May 09, 2013, Anonymous Sean Horsfall - Len's Cove Marina said...

You hot the nail on the head that there needs to be more consistency, and purpose to fee structures. We have been trying to work with Parks Canada on a consultative basis, with some limited success. We keep trying so that the boaters can get a great experience and value from the system.


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