Parks Canada Fees to go way up.
January 14, 2013
This is just out.
Speaking as a boater, I think that this fee schedule will reduce the amount boaters use their vessels on the Rideau. Westport Harbour can’t fail to suffer from a system which punishes the boater financially every time he even ties up at a lock, let alone passes through it. The 100% surcharge will ruin tour boat operators. I guess fishing guides will also qualify as commercial vessels, so each return lockage will cost the guide about $28.00.
These fees will substantially reduce traffic and dock occupancy on the Canal. I’d say it’s effectively a lockout by Parks Canada in response to draconian cuts to the Trent-Severn and Rideau budgets to fund new parks in the north and west. Only if the public makes enough trouble to threaten the Harper Government politically will they raise the Rideau Canal budget back to a reasonable level.
Review-Mirror reporter Margaret Brand sent along the revised Parks Canada FAQ page: