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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.
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 operationThe navigation season runs from Victoria Day to Thanksgiving (mid-May to mid-October).
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
- 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.