The end of the road

Actually the end of the path and the end of a shortcut between Trenton and Trent Severn Lock 1.

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I’ve been across this control dam many times while on my way to visit Lock 1 or as part of a nice circular walk that takes me on both sides of the Trent. No more though, as it has been gated off, as have many of the dams on the Trent Severn Waterway.

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I can understand why the dams are being gated – it’s because the combination of a dam and stupidity creates the potential for very dangerous situations.

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At the same time, in this case it has perhaps created an even more dangerous situation as people will likely start using the Canadian National railway bridge as a shortcut to cross the Trent. People already jump off it to swim and people will use it for a replacement path – bad idea as VIA passenger trains use this river crossing and you’re lucky if you can hear them before they arrive at the bridge.

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People will be people…



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