Camping at lockstations
Visit the Trent-Severn Waterway COVID-19 page for updates on park facilities and services. Starting June 1, 2020 the Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site will offer limited visitor access and basic services along the entire system.
Visitors will be able to access the following services and facilities:
Visit the Trent-Severn Waterway COVID-19 page for updates on park facilities and services.
Starting June 1, 2020 the Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site will offer limited visitor access and basic services along the entire system.
Camping is a great way to experience life on the locks. Whether you're visiting by car, bike or boat, these scenic campsites will have you staying right at the water's edge with access to various amenities. Wave to the passing boats, chat with the lockmasters, and roast marshmallows as you watch the sun go down on the historic waterway. This is a camping experience like no other.
Permits and fees
Many lockstations offer camping on the Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site. (See list of exceptions).
General camping information
Before you visit, please review the rules and regulations of this National Historic Site. These guidelines were designed to make sure all visitors enjoy a safe and memorable camping experience.
Camping is not permitted at the following lockstations due to a lack of public space and facilities:
- Hastings (Lock 18)
- Scotts Mills (Lock 19)
- Peterborough Lift Lock (Lock 21)
- Youngs Point (Lock 27)
- Bolsover (Lock 37)
Other lockstations where camping is currently prohibited due to ongoing infrastructure projects
- Crowe Bay (Lock 14)
- Healey Falls (Lock 15)
- Healey Falls (Lock 16/17)
- Otonabee (Lock 23)
- Douro (Lock 24)
- Sawer Creek (Lock 25)
- Talbot (Lock 38)
- Portage (Lock 39)
- Thorah (Lock 40)
- Gamebridge (Lock 41)
- Couchiching (Lock 42)
Public washrooms are located at all lockstations where camping is available. Overnight parking is also readily available at most locations for those visiting by car. Various other amenities like picnic tables, firepits and paddle docks are available at some locations. To learn more about a specific lockstation campsite, please email:
Large organized cycling and hiking groups (6+) should communicate their camping requirements to Parks Canada in advance. Please email:
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