As of June 1, some Parks Canada places began a safe, gradual reopening of some outdoor areas at national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas. Find 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, with the exception of Swift Rapids lockstation.

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.
Until June 1, these facilities remain closed and we ask that visitors respect these closures in order to allow Parks Canada to do the necessary work to prepare for opening.

Swift Rapids lockstation will not open on June 1 due to structural repairs. It is expected that this work will be completed and the entire system will be open for navigation later in June.

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.

Lockstation hours

Station opening and closing times, as well as first and last lockage, are not guaranteed and may be affected by water management duties, maintenance activities or other types of navigation interruptions.

June 1 to June 21

Monday to Thursday

10:00 am – 3:30 pm


Friday to Sunday

9:00 am – 6:30 pm
June 22 to September 7

Monday to Thursday

9:00 am – 5:30 pm


Friday to Sunday;
Canada Day (July 1), Civic Holiday (Aug. 3), Labour Day (Sept. 7)

9:00 am – 6:30 pm
September 8 to October 12

Monday to Friday

10:00 am – 3:30 pm


Saturday to Sunday, and Oct. 12

9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Last Lockage

Follow these guidelines to maximize chances of being locked through at the end of the day:

  • All vessels must arrive at the designated blue zone at last lockage time
  • At swing bridges, the last bridge swing will be 10 minutes after last lockage time.

More Information

  • Access to lockstations is prohibited between 10:00 pm and 6:00 am
  • Lockstations are not staffed after-hours
  • For emergencies after-hours, please call 911 for police, fire, ambulance

Murray Canal - Commercial Vessels

Commercial cargo vessels may request off season passage through the Murray Canal until the first Friday of November by writing the Southern Sector Manager, Trent–Severn Waterway, Box 850, Campbellford, ON K0L 1L0 or by phoning 705-653-3240.

At least 24 hours notice is required and a fee is charged for this service. Murray Canal swing bridges monitor VHF Channel 14 only during navigation season hours of operation.

Big Chute Marine Railway - Vessel Weight Capacity

Operators whose vessels weigh more than 68t (75 tons), have a peculiar hull configuration or who foresee problems lifting the hull by sling, must contact Trent–Severn Waterway at 705-756-8802 at least 48 hours in advance of trip.

CN Swing Bridge above Lock 42

Expect delays at this bridge. Trains are frequent and have priority over vessel traffic. Clearance when bridge closed is approximately 3.96 m (13 ft.).