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Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site of Canada

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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.

Parks Canada advises that floating debris may cause potential hazards and that some navigation buoys may be out of position or partially submerged due to high flows currently being experienced. Furthermore, areas above and below water control dams should be avoided due to strong currents.

As always along the Trent-Severn Waterway, Parks Canada monitors water levels and flows at various locations and responds to multiple needs including human health and safety, recreation, municipal water supply, protection of fish and wildlife habitat, hydro generation and flood mitigation.

June 23, 2014
Harper Government announces expanded service on Trent-Severn Waterway
Bruce Stanton, Member of Parliament for Simcoe North, on behalf of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment and Minister Responsible for Parks Canada, today announced enhanced visitor service on the Trent-Severn Waterway with extended operating hours to support tourism, economic development and help Canadians connect with the incredible experiences along this heritage waterway.


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.


May 20, 2014
Grounds Closed Until End of June 2014
at Lock 15 – Healey Falls
Please note that navigation will continue, but the grounds at Lock 15 – Healey Falls will be closed to both boaters and visitors arriving by road until the end of June 2014 as the grounds are re-habilitated. This includes the use of facilities at the station and overnight mooring. Staff will be happy to help make other arrangements.

July 14, 2011
Government of Canada and Province of Ontario work together for the Future of the Trent-Severn Waterway
On behalf of the Honourable Peter Kent, Canada’s Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, Mr. Dean Del Mastro, Member of Parliament for Peterborough and Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister and to the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, today signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Government of Ontario to ensure long-term cooperative management of the Trent-Severn Waterway and its watersheds.


July 4, 2011
Trent-Severn Waterway Expands Boat Services At Lock 34 Fenelon Falls
The Superintendent of the Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site of Canada is pleased to announce the availability of shore power, water hook-up and 303 feet of new dockage at Lock 34 in Fenelon Falls.


September 25, 2009
Government of Canada provides action plan for Trent-Severn Waterway Renewal
The Honourable Jim Prentice, Canada's Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, today announced the Government of Canada's action plan in response to the Trent-Severn Waterway Panel Report: The Future of the Trent Severn Waterway.

Backgrounder - Government of Canada's Response to the Panel Report on the Future of the Trent-Severn Waterway