Saturday, February 01, 2020

Empty Welland Canal

Somebody pulled out the plug and the water has emptied through several of the locks within the Welland Canal. Last year's season was extended until January 8, 2020 as part of a pilot program. Now that the shipping has stopped navigating the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System locks which bypass Niagara Falls it is time to do winter maintenance so that the canal is ready to go for the upcoming transit season.

It is interesting to see the canal with only a small flow remaining along the centre channel, otherwise the banks are exposed and you have to imagine what it would be like during summer with giant boats moving both ways along the canal. In some areas the empty canal seems to small to allow the bulk carrier ships to pass even when full.

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