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.
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
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
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.
July 14, 2011
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
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.