PETERBOROUGH Pick up your canoe and paddle and head for Peterborough Saturday.

And don’t forget your smart phone.

The fourth “Lock & Paddle” event is preparing to float its way back into Peterborough on August 24.

This year, the Peterborough Lift Lock National Historic Site of Canada, in co-operation with The Canadian Canoe Museum will host a new “Light up the Night” event, with a colourful lighted paddlecraft parade and multiple lockages.

Thousands of canoeists, kayakers and paddlers fill the locks each year for this incredicle and rare opportunity to ride the locks during the annual Lock & Paddle event, this year on Saturday, Aug. 24.

This year they are opening up the site to encourage a “festival feel” by welcoming local vendors and entertainment as we host hundreds of paddlers and spectators. On-site camping is also being offered for the first time ever at the Historic Site to the first 150 registrants.

In order to better grow this spectacular event and give everyone a chance to participate, the format will change to make the event more inclusive, giving everyone the chance to lock-through.

To participate in this year’s Lock & Paddle, paddlers are encouraged to register on-line in advanced of the event.

Last minute registration will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday of the event.

Registrants will receive a glow-in-the-dark wristband and a vessel marker that will provide them access to the event.

Paddlers are also encouraged to decorate their vessels with glow sticks, lights, reflectors or anything that can light up the night — like the flashlight on your phone.

No open flames please.

At 6 p.m. the lighted paddle parade will begin, where paddlecraft will pass by our judges for a chance to win some great prizes.

Following the paddle parade, comes the lighted night-time lockage — where for the first time in over 60 years — we will lift paddlers almost 20m into the night sky in the world’s highest hydraulic Lift Lock.

Please note that drones are not permitted.

For more information or to register, please visit their website at

The details are as follows:

  • Date:                Saturday, August 24th, 2019
  • Location:         Peterborough Lift Lock National Historic Site, 353 Hunter St. E.