A 28-foot cabin cruiser that found its way to the bottom of the Rideau Canal early yesterday will have no environmental impact, a Parks Canada manager said.

A boom was placed around the boat, and the oil and contaminated water was pumped out, said Marcel Bélanger.

In his 36 years on the canal, Bélanger had never seen anything like what happened yesterday when a Bayliner cabin cruiser, named the Symphonie, sank in the canal, behind the National Arts Centre. “This is the first time I’ve seen a boat of this size go down.”


Water likely began seeping in late Wednesday night. The boat sank after the bilge pump failed to switch on.

“If enough water gets in, it’s supposed to switch on,” Bélanger said. “But it didn’t and it was sitting on the bottom (yesterday) morning.”

The owner, Val-des-Monts resident André Guibord, said he wasn’t sure about the extent of the damage.

“My marina mechanic said I’d have to flush out the engine,” said Guibord. “I don’t know if it’s salvageable. We’ll see.”

The boat, which he has owned for four years, is insured. It is usually docked at the Kitchissipi Marina in Gatineau, but had been docked at the canal since Monday, Guibord said.


  • Boat traffic on the Rideau Canal was not affected by the sinking.