Canal opens for skating for the season

full bike rack

Canal with green flag flying

Peterborough, ON - The Trent Severn Waterway canal, south of the Peterborough Lift Lock, is green-flagged today and conditions are safe for skating.

Ice conditions are monitored regularly and posted with a green flag when conditions are safe for skating, and a red flag when conditions are unsafe. Residents are reminded to always follow the flag indicator and all COVID-19 public health guidelines.

The canal status will be updated regularly on the City’s website and social media channels @CityPtbo on Facebook and Twitter.

During the provincewide Stay at Home Order to reduce the spread of COVID-19, everyone is required to stay home except for essential outings, which includes exercise. When people go out for exercise, they should stay within their own community.

The canal is for skating only. Sports and games are prohibited on the canal as well as at the outdoor neighbourhood rinks in City parks as part of the provincial regulation.

Physical distancing is mandatory and anyone using the canal must remain with members of their own household only.

Guidelines for canal and outdoor rink use:

  • Self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19. Stay home if you are sick.
  • Maintain physical distancing of at least 2 metres (6 feet) from those outside of your household.
  • Do not gather in groups more than 5.
  • Skating only – no sports or games.
  • Wearing a mask or face covering is recommended.
  • Downloading the Government of Canada’s COVID Alert app to your phone is encouraged.
  • All children/dependents must be accompanied by a competent adult/guardian.
  • Be safe and be respectful of others.
  • Clean up after yourself.
  • Wash or sanitize hands before and after visiting.
  • Use at your own risk.

The City of Peterborough continues to work with Peterborough Public Health, and Peterborough Police to monitor compliance with the Province of Ontario’s Stay at Home Order. Residents that have concerns about non-compliance can contact the Peterborough Police Service using their non-emergency phone line at 705-876-1122.


For further information, members of the media are invited to contact the undersigned:

Brendan Wedley, Manager of Communication Services

City of Peterborough

705-742-7777 ext. 1636