Salute human ingenuity navigating the heritage canals and locks along the 386 km Trent-Severn Waterway, connecting the playgrounds of Lake Ontario and Lake Huron. Cruise Canada’s renowned inland passageway through historic lockstations. Travel into cottage country by water or by car and watch the Big Chute Marine Railway in action. Stare up at the towering Peterborough Lift Lock and learn about its history at the Visitor Centre. Explore lumber towns, farm villages and the spectacular pre-Cambrian landscape of the Canadian Shield.

Featured things to do

Take a summer motorcycle tour to the Big Chute Marine Railway and into cottage country

On a motorcycle day trip with friends into Canadian cottage country, watch in awe as skilled lockmasters operate the Big Chute Marine Railway as it portages boats from river to lake by massive rail car.

Escape, just 1.5 hours from Toronto, on a drive to the iconic Peterborough Lift Lock

Relax on a drive into Canadian cottage country, led by the gravitational pull of the towering Peterborough Lift Lock, still operating as it did more than 110 years ago. Picnic in the surrounding heritage parkland.

Chart a course to the Kawartha Lakes’ dream boating destinations of Bobcaygeon and Fenelon Falls

Miles of moorage make Bobcaygeon and Fenelon Falls top destinations for boaters in Kawartha Lakes. Access power hook-ups on shore, swim, fish and treasure-hunt at local high-end shops. Enjoy quality dining with a waterfall view.

Getting here

2155 Ashburnham Drive
Peterborough ON K9J 6Z6

Hours of operation

The navigation season runs from Victoria Day to Thanksgiving (mid-May to mid-October).
Complete schedule


Free lockage in 2017.
Other fees still apply.
Detailed fees list

Contact us

Telephone: 705-750-4950
Toll-free: 1-888-773-8888

Sites nearby

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    An historic 19th century military waterway linking rivers and lakes across Eastern Ontario’s countryside, the Rideau Canal is now a popular natural playground, perfect for boating, paddling, fishing, camping, hiking and cycling the canal’s wooded pathways.

  • Georgian Bay Islands National Park

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  • Thousand Islands National Park

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