Join Parks Canada as we celebrate a Century (+1) of navigation on the Trent-Severn Waterway. In 1920, with all of the system’s linkages completed - including over 40 locks, some 50km of human-made channel and more than 130 dams - the waterway became a fully-navigable 386km-long system. The Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site joins nine separate watersheds formed by ancient glaciers, passes through Indigenous land following traditional paddling routes, and winds its way through the heart of numerous towns and villages along its length. Today, the Waterway is a cherished home to many, and has become a thriving world-class tourist destination.

The Trent Tug is the symbol of our celebration. Built in 1947/48 by Russel Bros. Ltd., the Tug performed a variety of jobs until retired from duty in the 1970s.

How we are celebrating

Throughout the year, we will share stories from the past, bringing you closer to the story of this historic system. Take a virtual flyover of the lockstations on Google Earth and learn more about each one. Sample centennial-inspired local food in communities along the Waterway as part of the "Taste of the TSW" event. And be sure to share your photos, memories, and treasured family stories with us on social media using the hashtag #TSW101.

This season, as you lock through in your boat, camp beside the water, or paddle through the many lakes and rivers, we invite you to reflect on a century of history, and become a part of the next 100 years.

Google Earth Project

Go on a virtual visit of every lock along the 386km Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site from the comfort of your home. Using Google Earth satellite technology, now you can "stop by" each lock and see historical photos of the site over time. Read a brief history of its construction as you go and get to know the challenges facing lock builders in the various environments from Trenton to Georgian Bay.

Launch the Google Earth Project

Taste of the TSW

All along the Waterway in 2021, local bakeries, restuarants and shops are offering up delicacies inspired by their connection to the Trent-Severn Waterway as part of the Taste of the TSW event. Travel with purpose this season, or simply explore your own community looking for that Taste of the TSW sign in the window of supporting businesses.

Visit the Taste of the TSW website

This event is held in partnership with the Trent-Severn Trail Towns Program and Kawarthas Northumberland.

"Live at the Locks" video series

Join us as we broadcast to Facebook Live at select lockstations along the Trent-Severn Waterway at various times throughout the season. We'll give visitors an up close look at the historic locks in action, and introduce you to some of Canada's finest lock operators. Find us on Facebook for dates and details.

Hosted in partnership with Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants, the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and Parks Canada.

Cross-Canada Virtual Roadtrip

On May 14, 2021, we invited classrooms all across Canada to join us virtually at the base of the Peterborough Lift Lock for an up-close look at one of the Waterway's most iconic features. Watch the video presentation on YouTube, and be sure to visit the Cross Canada Virtual Roadtrip website to learn more about the other stops.

Share your stories!

We'd love to hear your favourite memories from the last 100 years of the Trent-Severn Waterway. Email us a family story, or share your personal experiences and vacation photos on social media using the hashtag #TSW101.