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5 February 2013

Parks Canada's 3rd canal fees proposal

Parks Canada has updated its proposed mooring fees for the federal canals (including the Rideau Canal and St. Lawrence Islands) a second time, and added back the popular one-day lock pass.

Below: Latest changes are bold. Fee for 30-ft boat in brackets. % increase from 2012.

Proposed mooring fees to take effect in 2013:

  1. Day mooring $0.50/ft ($15) was free
  2. Overnight mooring  $1.25/ft* ($37.50) +39% (day mooring is included)
  3. Seasonal mooring $20./ft ($600) +104%
Power hookup $9.95 based on 1.5% CPI increase ($47.45)  All Parks Canada fees include tax.

Proposed lockage fees to take effect in 2014:

  1. Single lock $.60/ft           ($18)  +33%
  2. Multiple/large lock $.90/ft ($27) +100%
  3. One-day pass $2.40/ft  ($72) +50%
  4. Six-day pass $7.20/ft  ($216)   +43%
  5. Seasonal pass $15./ft  ($450)  +70%
In 2012, each lockstation cost $0.90/ft ($27), a 6-day pass $5.05/ft ($151.50), and transiting the entire canal one-way $4.65/ft ($139.50). 1-day pass $1.60/ft  ($48)  Seasonal lock passes were $8.80/ft ($264).  Mooring (overnight) was $0.90/ft ($27), with annual dock passes $9.80/ft ($294). Power hookup was $9.80.
Parks Canada Proposed Fees:

 This article incorrectly assumes the day mooring fee is added to the overnight fee, but it's actually included in the overnight fee. (Feb.4/13)