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.
October 13, 2015
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
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
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.