Some Parks Canada places have begun a safe, gradual reopening of some outdoor areas and services, including camping. Visitors are encouraged to plan ahead and be well-prepared for their visit. Details here.

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.

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


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


Site access is free. Otherwise, there are fees for locking and overnight mooring. Daily access and season permits are offered.

Detailed fees list

Facilities and services

Accessible Facilities Accessible services
Parking Parking
Picnic area Picnic area
Restrooms Restrooms
Electric car charging station Electric car charging station

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.