The boating ban that was in place along the Ottawa River after this year’s flooding has been lifted.
Transport Minister Marc Garneau made the announcement late Thursday night, saying that navigational safety conditions have improved sufficiently to allow boats back on the water.
The ban remains in place, however, for the stretch of the river between the western tip of Île Dubé and the Grenville lighthouse.
“After further consultations with municipalities and law enforcement, we continue to see improvements in some areas, however the situation is not yet back to normal,” Garneau said in the statement. “We understand that the impacts caused by navigation restrictions and speed limits have been challenging, and we will lift these restrictions as soon as it is safe for everyone.”
There are exemptions to the restrictions still in place for those who use a boat to access their residence, as well as for certain ferry services.
Transport Canada issued an interim order April 27 banning water traffic along the Ottawa River from the capital to the Carillon dam, which was expanded to Lake of Two Mountains near Montreal then north of Mattawa, Ont., before the May long weekend.
Rafting companies have been among those pushing for Transport Canada to lift the ban in recent weeks because it was preventing them from running their businesses.
The ban remains in place on an approximately 50 kilometres stretch of the river east of the capital from Wendover, Ont., to Hawkesbury, Ont.