Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site

PETERBOROUGH, ONTARIO, January 20, 2023 – On September 2, 2022, Lock 36 - The Kirkfield Lift Lock suffered a mechanical failure, resulting in the site’s closure for the remainder of the 2022 navigation season.

Parks Canada advises that a contract has been awarded to undertake repairs to return the site to full service.

The scope of work will include;

  • Repairs to the structural, mechanical and electrical components.
  • System improvements to increase safety controls and access improvements to critical system components.
  • Backup system improvements to minimize impacts on future maintenance activities.

The contractor will mobilize to the site in the near future with the goal of having the asset fully operational by the beginning of the 2023 navigation season.

In order to aid with trip planning for boaters and land-based visitors for the 2023 season, updates on the progress can be found on our website.

Updates will also be provided via email on a regular basis to interested parties as part of an email subscriber list. If you would like to receive these emails, please contact us at and include “Kirkfield Lift Lock” in the subject line.

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