Look for roadside beaver signage to direct you to waterway attractions along central Ontario’s major drive routes and highways. Many lockstations and villages along the Trent-Severn Waterway are just hours from Toronto, ideal for picnics, hikes, and lockstation visits in a single day. A boating holiday along the nearly 400-km route of the waterway can take several days or weeks to meander through the many natural attractions and town pleasures.

Getting here

Location

2155 Ashburnham Drive
Peterborough ON K9J 6Z6

The Trent-Severn Waterway is a Canadian National Historical Canal located in a beautiful area easily accessible by car. Most lock stations are located next to or just a short distance from a major Central Ontario route. Roadside Parks Canada beaver signage steers you to the favourite Waterway attractions. Since there is so much to experience at each lock – whether it be boat watching, picnicking or relaxing in a park-like setting – taking excursions to see and enjoy the locks by land has become a favourite pastime for many.

Hours of operation

The navigation season runs from Victoria Day to Thanksgiving (mid-May to mid-October).
Complete schedule

Free lockage in 2017. Other fees still apply.
Detailed fees list

Facilities and services

Quick facts

  • The romance of the Trent-Severn Waterway’s canal system has evolved since its roots in the 1800s as a commercial/military shortcut across central Ontario.
  • Built in 1904, the Peterborough Lift Lock claimed fame as the highest hydraulic lift lock in the world and largest unreinforced concrete structure. 
  • The Big Chute Marine Railway, an impressive boat lift at lock 44, removes boats from the water and carries vessels up to 30 m (100 ft) from the Severn River to Georgian Bay.