Coronavirus (COVID-19) impacts
  • Camping for boaters (paddlers and vessels under power) at most lockstations on the Trent-Severn Waterway

  • Camping space is allocated by the Lockmaster on a first-come, first-served basis and capacity at the station are at the discretion of the Lockmaster. Please note that when determining capacity, the Lockmaster must consider the requirement for appropriate social distancing.

  • Drive-up camping and camping for cyclists and hikers at lockstations will not be available until further notice

  • Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 mitigations, the Trent-Severn Waterwayl will be unable to offer oTENTiks or reservable camping for the remainder of the 2020 Navigation Season.

Visit the Trent-Severn Waterway COVID-19 page for updates on park facilities and services.

Starting June 1st, 2020

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:

  • lockage, boat launches, access points and mooring areas;
  • day-use areas, including green spaces, picnic areas, and parking lots;
  • day-use trails, including some cycling access on designated trails and pathways;
  • lockstation grounds; and
  • public toilets where enhanced cleaning protocols will be implemented
  • camping (For boaters, paddlers and vessels under power only)
Visiting the Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site will be different than it has been in the past. Visitors are asked to plan ahead by checking the Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site website before they travel.

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).

  • Reservations are not required
  • Space is allocated on a first-come, first-served basis at the discretion of the lockmaster
  • Campsites cost $5.01/night
  • Boaters who are paying for overnight mooring camp for free

General camping information

Operating season:
  • May 15 to October 12, 2020
Staff hours:
  • Lock Staff are on site as per the Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site Hours of Operation seasonal schedule, and will be prepared for anticipated arrivals between 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm
After hours registration:
  • If you plan on arriving outside of staffed hours, please call the lockstations directly to obtain check-in instructions ahead of time.
Check-in time:
  • After 1:00 pm
Check-out time:
  • Before 11:00 am
Quiet hours:
  • 10:00 pm to 7:00 am
Maximum length of stay:
  • 21 days
Maximum persons per site:
  • Up to 6 people
Maximum vehicles per site:
  • 2 Vehicles
Maximum camping units per site:
  • 2 Tents
Generator policy:
  • Use of any generator is limited to 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Electrical service:
  • None

Visitor guidelines

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.

Review all visitor guidelines

Prohibited camping

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)

More information about our infrastructure program


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 groups

Large organized cycling and hiking groups (6+) should communicate their camping requirements to Parks Canada in advance. Please email:

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