KAWARTHA LAKES-An archaeological and geotechnical investigation will be conducted in the vicinity of Lock 34 in Fenelon Falls between September 18 and September 29, 2023.
Parks Canada says it is planning improvements to the dam, lock and control building along with site grounds and the study is necessary before work can be completed.
“As the assets are approaching end of life and, in line with Parks Canada’s commitment to asset management, planning is now underway to consider their replacement or comprehensive rehabilitation. While this is considered priority work, timing, funding, and scope have yet to be determined.” Maureen Bele, Parks Canada told Kawartha 411 news.
In preparation for possible future infrastructure work at the site, a team of archaeologists will be investigating the site for potential archaeological remnants. This study will inform any upcoming design activities and construction work on the site.
Officials say investigating archaeological potential is a standard practice before undertaking construction activities in Parks Canada-administered sites.
“Understanding what work crews may expect to find during excavation and construction work helps to mitigate any potential risks or impacts to archaeological remnants. It also provides time to study and understand potential resources so that decisions are not rushed during a moment of disturbance. In cases where disturbance is unavoidable, work is completed to ensure that the recording, collecting or preserving of artefacts is undertaken in advance of the work. Conservation of artefacts is in keeping with the Agency’s mandate to protect and present nationally significant examples of Canada’s natural and cultural heritage. The investigations aim to discover both artefacts and archaeological resources related to the commemoration period of the site, as well as those of Indigenous origin, dating back to the Pre-Colonial (Precontact) era if they are present.” stated Bele.
Members of the public may observe workers and equipment on-site during the study period and are asked to avoid accessing or disturbing any observed open excavations which will be cordoned off to prevent trips or falls. No impacts to roadway travel or boat navigation are anticipated.