Info-Work: Construction Update

Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site

July 14, 2021, Peterborough, ON – Parks Canada regrets to inform the public that a temporary operating solution at the Bobcaygeon Swing Bridge, as had been suggested in previous communications, will not be possible this summer. Parks Canada was recently advised that the contractor is unable to provide adequate substantiation, as required under their contract, that key mechanical components involved in rotating the bridge meet industry safety and quality standards. As such, Parks Canada will not allow the installation of these components, and has instructed that they be re-fabricated.

Construction Project Information

  • The bridge is estimated to re-open for vehicular traffic in December 2021, with final swing commissioning and landscaping taking place in spring 2022. Questions & Answers related to this delay and the project in general can be found at
  • Areas currently fenced due to construction will remain so until construction is completed. Please follow onsite signage for safe access to and from the lower north island mooring area.
  • Enhancements have been completed on the upstream lock gate that enable a temporary canal crossing to and from the downtown core for most personal transportation devices (scooters, wheelchairs, walkers, etc). Enhancements consist of widening the lock gate, adding temporary ramps, and modifying the approaches. Modifications to the lock gate will not affect boat navigation.
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The health and safety of Canadians, visitors, and Parks Canada team members is of the utmost importance to the Agency. Please obey lock staff regarding the safe movement of visitors and pedestrians onsite.

The Government of Canada is investing over $615 million to support infrastructure work on the Trent-Severn Waterway as part of the largest federal infrastructure plan in the history of Parks Canada. For the most up-to-date information regarding our facilities and services, please visit us online at or follow us on social media @TrentSevernNHS



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