Keep a careful watch around natural and artificial waterways during the spring melt due to risky water flows and swift currents around the Rideau and Catarqui areas, warns Parks Canada to members of the public.

People are advised to avoid dams, spillways, locks and other structures that are supposed to regulate the high waters that come with spring.

Parks Canada is also working in the Rideau Canal to minimize the risk of flooding, the federal agency adds. Previously, the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority said we will see below-average waterflow on the Rideau River this spring, based on the mild late winter we had, and strong spring weather in March.

For more information you can contact the Rideau Canal headquarters at 613-283-5170.