Things may get a little hectic around the Boathouse, while the enhancements are ongoing so, please bear with the construction. Stay tuned to this page where we will provide updates, as they become available.

green FLAGLast Updated: 3:29pm - Sep 26, 2019

Quidi Vidi Developments

The Royal St John’s Regatta Committee wishes to inform all rowers about ongoing construction happening in the parking lot behind the Boathouse and the area to the west of the boathouse from the road to the water.
Construction is continuing and will so throughout the summer, with expected completion in late July, prior to regatta day.
As you can imagine there will be inconveniences throughout for all, including access, parking issues and road closures. Your safety is paramount so please follow all signage and directions and do not enter any areas that are barricaded or fenced off. Heavy equipment will be operating so watch for, and respect flag persons and construction workers.
We will continue to post updates as they become available. We will do our best to keep it current and to advise in advance of parking and road closures.


Construction Update

As you can see things are moving along very well.

We are disappointed to report that some folks, they may be rowers or pedestrians as we are not 100% sure, have been ignoring the safety signage and accessing areas within the construction area and through this area to the wharf. This has resulted to some damage to the poured concrete, with people having walked on it before it was fully set. Please obey all signage and barricades. It’s for your safety and that of the contractors and work being performed.

Boathouse Plaza

The plaza is progressing with the last of the concrete pour completed. Brickwork continues as well as the fitting for the final design and railing.

On Monday, weather permitted we expect that the concrete portion of the wharf will be closed to facilitate the installation of its new top. The wharf will likely be closed for up to 48 hours while the finish sets, at which time it will be reopened for use. During this time, please do not use this area for access to your shell and respect all barriers put in place, for your safety and to protect the finish.

It is expected the usual number of shells will be available. The shells will be located along the new wooden wharf and west, and from the jog east, but not the main concrete wharf. Again please respect all signage and barricades.

At present we do not have a final date for the road reopening, but it is close.

North Bank

The work associated with the North Bank terracing is complete and the area is now open.

Marquee Wharf 

The contractor is still awaiting the supply of final materials to complete the wharf. Please continue to give this area a wide berth while practising.

Again thank you for your patience while we complete the Boathouse plaza area and the Marquee Wharf.


Construction Update

Generally work is progressing quite well and we still expect to finish on schedule just before regatta day.


  • The lot behind the Boathouse is finishing up. It is expected to be paved early next week and opened for use. Until the Clancey Dr is fully opened for use we would like to see limited use of that parking lot by our tenant and their clients as well as Boathouse staff. The road closure at Lakeview will remain in effect.


  • The roadwork is coming to an end. All things being equal and good weather, it is hoped that paving will commence on Clancey late next week. If that is the case it is possible that the road could open sometime the week of July 7.
  • Once that occurs some parking will be available near the Boathouse as some spaces may be required for construction activity. It is expected that the no parking area on the lakeside of Clancy from the Penitentiary to Carnell Drive will be reinstated. As soon as we know for sure we’ll advise, but keep checking for notices from the City if St. John’s.
  • Currently the no parking signs are bagged. Please watch for this change so as not to receive a parking ticket.

Park Plaza

  • The plaza near the Boathouse is also progressing but will remain restricted while work continues. A portion of the new sidewalk will remain open for access. Please follow all signage and remain outside the restricted area for your safety.

North Bank

  • The North Bank is virtually complete. Access will remain restricted until the latest time possible before regatta day to allow for the new sod to set.

Marquee Wharf

  • The base of the wharf is in place with the top to be installed in the coming weeks. Landscaping in the immediate area will follow. Rowers and coxswains are advised to continue to give this area a wide berth for safety reasons.


Construction Update


  • Access to Lakeview Ave remains restricted but will be fully closed near the bottom of the hill to enable installation of catch basins. This will result in no driving access to the building. Access for emergency personnel, if necessary, will be provided.
  • This closure will start Saturday, June 8. Limited access for tenant clients and staff and Boathouse staff may be available as early as Tuesday. This closure is expected to be lifted by Friday, June 14. However Lakeview Ave will remain restricted to local traffic until further notice.
  • Pedestrian access through the area will be controlled and fenced to allow access to the building as well as the walking trail. Please follow the signage and respect directions provided by flag/construction personnel.
  • Clancey Drive will remained closed for several more weeks as there is still significant movement of heavy equipment as the park setting continues to progress and remaining curb and road levelling occurs. Once completed paving is expected to start. A further update will be provided as we move forward.


  • The contractor has started to install the rubber along the edge of the new wharf. Once completed and the cleats are installed, they will remove the boom and some remaining debris in the water and install a fence along the wharf to secure the construction area for your safety.
  • Once completed the new new wharf will be open for use. This should be completed on Friday for use this coming Saturday.
  • Access to the wharf will continue through the Boathouse. Please follow directions of the Boathouse staff while accessing the wharf and shells.

Building Access

  • Access to the building will remain through the main entrance but increased construction activity near the door will continue as the road is lowered to ensure no further water egress to the building, which occurred from time to time, and for curb work and the new walkway being installed. Please follow the access route and signage, provided for your safety.


  • Parking near the Penitentiary has become a little muddy due to increased traffic. Additional road gravel will be or has now been laid in the area to help eliminate this situation.

North Bank

  • Work is progressing and the contractor has spread the topsoil and is installing the sod. The gravel for the walkways will follow. The area will continue to be fenced off to allow time for the sod to set prior to regatta day and subsequent use.

Marquee Wharf

  • The Marquee wharf is being replaced so that area is also fenced off. Berms have been installed in the water to protect the adjacent areas as construction commences in the water. Rowers are asked to maintain a wide berth from this area until further notice.


  • You will note that all areas of construction are starting to take shape and you can clearly see the park settings we are developing. We apologize for the inconvenience but the end product will be worth it.

Safety for participants, staff and the general public is if utmost importance so please continue to follow the established walkways and follow all signage.

Update – May 12

Construction Update

  • Construction on the Quidi Vidi Lake Boathouse Redevelopment is progressing quite well. As most are aware the road and parking congestion around the Boathouse is very challenging. Thank you for your continued cooperation.

Road Construction

  • To implement the next stage of road construction there will be a road closure affecting Lakeview Avenue and Clancey Drive starting on Monday May 13, 2019. This road closure is anticipated to take up to three weeks. Clancey Drive will be closed from the Penitentiary through the Boathouse and Lakeview Avenue will be restricted to local traffic only.


  • Access to parking behind the Boathouse will be restricted as the parking lot is prepared for paving and therefore restricted for Boathouse staff, our tenant and our tenant’s clients. Temporary closures of the parking lot may also occur. Please respect these restrictions and also all notices to be posted by the City.
  • Parking will be permitted on both sides of Clancey Drive from the Penitentiary to Carnell Drive. During this time, current no parking zones will not be enforced on Clancey Drive. Please do not park on the grass.
  • The general public is encouraged to use the various parking lots on the north side of Quidi Vidi Lake along the Boulevard to free up parking on both Clancey and Carnell Drives and the bottom of the Dominion parking lot.
  • Crews are asked to arrive early to find parking and to ensure practice spins occur on time. We encourage all crews to make use of car pooling or to be dropped off, where possible.

Pedestrian Access

  • Pedestrian access through the construction area will be established. Signage will be added to provide directions and a restricted walking area will be provided. DO NOT walk on the road as construction traffic will be operating and obstructions may be present at all times. The pedestrian walkway is provided for your safety so please use only this walkway.

New Wharf

  • It is expected that a portion of the new wharf will become available this coming week. Fencing will be adjusted to provide access. Access to the wharf will continue to remain available only through the Boathouse. Once the final section of wharf is complete, access to the wharf will become available for its entire length, and from Clancey Drive.

Update – April 28, 2019

It appears the water is rising nicely so we can get the shells out, the boathouse staff will make the final call in the morning, and the construction area west of the Boathouse and the wharf area has been secured and fenced off.  Please do not enter those areas. There is access provided along the concrete wharf so you can access shells. Unfortunately the portion of the new wharf we expected to be ready is not, so this area remains closed as well. As communicated prior, access to the shells will remain through the Boathouse or from the gated area to the east of the building.  Our floating wharves have been temporarily installed at the east end of the Boathouse to provide additional wharf space and for ease of access.
The boathouse staff have installed a series of green buoys on the lake to keep you away from the construction area, to help keep you safe and protect our shells. Do not operate the shells between the buoys and the wharf area under construction. Please follow the directions provided by staff at all times.
  • The contractor is now expecting to start the curb work in the parking lot this week, so the lot behind the boathouse may not be available for parking. Partial parking may become available after the contractor finishes each day for the week of April 29 – May 10.
  • At this time we are unsure if the parking lot will be available in the mornings commencing May 13. We will provide a further update later this week as more information becomes available.
  • Due to parking concerns, we encourage you to car pool and endeavour to arrive early so as not to delay your practice spin.
For your safety, please watch for flag persons and the movement of heavy equipment and please obey all directions and signage.
We thank you for your patience during construction and look forward to your cooperation.
  • The Boathouse will open for operations on Monday, April 29. As you are likely aware there is no longer any parking lakeside, west of the Boathouse. Parking will be available on the south side of Clancey Drive, and construction workers will park towards the Penitentiary to make space available near the Boathouse. Please remember there are parking restrictions on Lakeview Avenue.  Parking is also available at the bottom of the Dominion Supermarket lot. If at all possible, consider car pooling. Please arrive early so as not to impede practice times, as in all likelihood you will have to park further away than usual.
  • The parking lot behind the Boathouse in currently under major rehabilitation but it is expected to be available for limited use after April 29th, but will not have class A stone or curbs installed. This will happen prior to paving so temporary or partial closures may occur from time to time. We will provide updates in that regard.
  • Clancey Drive will be closed for 2-3 weeks later in May as the final road realignment and regrading is carried out in preparation for paving. We expect paving to occur late May so we will keep you updated as we move forward.
Shell and Wharf Access:
  • The original concrete wharf is available for use. It is anticipated that a portion of the new wharf extension will be available for April 29, but this may be delayed due to weather conditions. Due to ongoing construction at the wharves, additional buoys will be placed on the lake to mark no entry areas to ensure your personal safety and to protect the shells.  Please do not operate within those areas and follow all instructions of the Boathouse staff.
  • You will only be able to access the wharf and shells through the Boathouse via the north facing door near the jog, or from the gate entrance at the east end of the Boathouse near the Rowing Club. The door exiting the west end of the Boathouse next to the office, cannot be used, except for emergency purposes. The construction area will be fenced off from the road to a portion of the existing wharf. As wharf construction is completed, access will become available from the western most point of the new wharf, and through the Boathouse. Please follow all directions and signage.
  • This is a major redevelopment that will provide a park-like setting, an extension of the trail way and an awards presentation area, which will make the area safer for participants and all lake users for generations to come.

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