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Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site

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In 1833 visionaries built a small wooden lock in Bobcaygeon to help the lumber industry. Over the next 87 years the Waterway grew to encompass 44 locks including 37 conventional locks, 2 flight locks, 2 hydraulic locks and a marine railway along the 386 km ribbon of waterway connecting Trenton on Lake Ontario to Georgian Bay. Ever since the waterway opened it has been a recreational and commercial route, provided for conservation, water quality and navigation through the region. The Waterway attracts about 1.4 million visitors each year coming to experience the historic system, watch the boats and enjoy the peaceful environment. Travelling the 386 km by boat takes about a week one way, along the journey you will find The Trent-Severn Waterway is an engineering marvel that has stood the test of time and is National Historic Site of Canada.

November 17, 2016
Temporary Road Closure - Trent-Severn Waterway Bridge at Lock 42 on Canal Road in Severn Township
The Trent-Severn Waterway bridge on Canal Road at Lock 42, near the community of Severn Bridge, will be temporarily closed on Thursday, November 24th, 2016 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. with an inclement weather date in effect for Friday, November 25th, 2016 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

This closure is required to complete a comprehensive inspection of the bridge at the Lock 42 – Couchiching location.

The alternate route across the Trent-Severn Waterway is via Highway 11 and detour signage will be in place.

Parks Canada would like to thank area residents and visitors for their patience during this closure.

March 24, 2016
Installation of Backup Power at Dam Site
Parks Canada has begun the installation of back-up generators on a number of dams in the southern area of the Trent-Severn Waterway. This work should have little impact on the public and is scheduled to be completed by May 2016.

October 13, 2015
End of Season Operations on Trent-Severn Waterway 
Parks Canada is advising the public that the Trent-Severn Waterway’s 44 lockstations between Trenton and Port Severn closed for the season on October 12, 2015, following the Thanksgiving long weekend.

May 15, 2015
Celebrate the Long Weekend on Ontario's Historic Canals!
Ontario's Historic Canals officially open on Friday, May 15, 2015. The historic canals, an important part of Canada's built and natural heritage, and are steeped in both beauty and excitement. Parks Canada remains committed to providing activity opportunities and services for visitors from all walks of life to experience canals.

June 23, 2014
Extended Hours Announced for Trent-Severn Waterway
Parks Canada is enhancing visitor service on the Trent-Severn Waterway with extended operating hours to support tourism, economic development and help Canadians create memories, meaningful experiences and better connect with nature.