The opening of the 2022 navigation season is scheduled to take place on the following dates and times:
- Welland Canal: March 24, 2022 - 0800 hours (D.S.T.)
- Montreal / Lake Ontario Section: March 22, 2022 - 0800 hours (D.S.T.)
Ship transits will be subject to weather and ice conditions. Restrictions may apply in some areas until lighted navigation aids have been installed.
Sault Ste. Marie Locks and Canals
Opening of the Sault Ste. Marie Locks (U.S.A.) is currently scheduled for March 25, 2022. Please note the Notice to Navigation Interests released by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for further information.
In the Montreal / Lake Ontario Section, the maximum allowable draft will be 80.0 dm (26’ 3”). The maximum draft will be increased to 80.8 dm (26’ 6”) for all ships when the South Shore Canal is ice-free and when water levels are favorable.
Mariners are reminded that for ships loaded to a draft greater than 80.0 dm (26’ 3”), speeds will be monitored carefully between St. Lambert Lock and St. Nicolas Island.
In the Welland Canal, a maximum allowable draft of 80.8 dm (26’ 6”) will be in effect from the start of the navigation season for all ships.
Please note that, for ships loaded to a draft greater than 80.0 dm (26’ 3”), speeds will be monitored carefully between the upper entrance to Lock 7 and former Bridge 12 in order to reduce bank erosion in this area.
Ships equipped with an approved and operational draft information system will be permitted to transit at a draft of up to 7cm above the maximum allowable draft.
There will be zero tolerance for ships to transit at drafts in excess of those specified in this Notice.