Lock & Paddle “Light Up The Night”

August 24, 2019

August 24, 2019


Peterborough Lift Lock National Historic Site, Peterborough


Events Description

The annual Lock ‘n’ Paddle event, which sees paddlers fill the Lift Lock with canoes and kayaks each summer returns with a colourful lighted paddlecraft parade and multiple lockages.

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

The paddlers will decorate their canoes and kayaks with glow sticks, lights, reflectors or anything that can light up the night! These decorated vessels will then parade from Lock 20 – Ashburnham up the canal to enter the world’s highest hydraulic lift lock, where they will be lifted 19.81 m into the night sky!

Experience this event as local vendors and entertainment as Peterborough Lift Lock National Historic Site of Canada 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.

Day time event video of 2017:

Down on the ground, there were activities for kids and families.

Grab your paddles and venture to the Peterborough Lift Lock to take part in this amazing event!

You can also rent from:

Pedal and Paddle – Millennium Park at the Silver Bean, 100 King Street and Water Street, Peterborough
Wild Rock Outfitters – 169 Charlotte Street, Peterborough
Adventure Outfitters – 1828 8th Line, Lakefield
Beavermead Campground – 2011 Ashburnham Drive, Peterborough
Cottage Toys – 180 Charlotte Street, Peterborough or 96 Clementi Street, Lakefield

Who is it for?


Tickets : Free

  • 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 1:00 pm on the day of the event.
  • Registrants will receive a glow-in-the-dark wristband and a vessel marker which 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!
  • No open flames please.

How to get tickets?


Registration will be available on-site at the Peterborough Lift Lock Visitor Centre grounds starting at 5:00 pm (August 24). All participants (even those pre-registered), are required to visit the Registration Tent and receive their vessel number(s) and coloured wristband(s). All registered participants will also receive a commemorative Lock & Paddle bracelet!


Date & Time: Saturday, August 24th, 2019 | 05:00 PM

lockages will begin at 7:15 PM

At 6:00 pm, 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.

Venue: Peterborough Lift Lock -Lock 21, 220 Hunter Street East

Decorated vessels will parade from Lock 20 – Ashburnham up the canal to Peterborough Lift Lock -Lock 21.

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