What to know before you visit

Projects by Region

Quinte West 
Trent Hills 
City of Peterborough 
Peterborough County 
City of Kawartha Lakes 
Talbot and Lake Simcoe
Township of Severn and Gravenhurst 
Haliburton County
Across the Trent-Severn Waterway

Over the next five years, Parks Canada will invest $2.6 billion to rehabilitate infrastructure assets within national historic sites, national parks, and national marine conservation areas across Canada.

This historic investment supports conservation while promoting visitor experience and making our infrastructure safer and more appealing to visitors.

When visiting the Trent-Severn Waterway, you may encounter one or more construction zones or reduced services while we complete this important work. Please plan ahead before you travel to avoid inconvenience. Consult the following list of current infrastructure projects on the Trent-Severn Waterway to see if any road, waterway, or facility work might impact your trip.


Government of Canada Invests Nearly $270 Million to Improve the Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site

Minister Monsef announces a historic $270.5M for infrastructure investments on the Trent-Severn Waterway.

June 26, 2016, Peterborough, Ontario, Parks Canada Agency - Canada’s national parks and historic sites belong to all Canadians. They represent the very best that Canada has to offer, and support Canada’s tourism industry and local economies.

Today, the Minister of Democratic Institutions and Member of Parliament for Peterborough–Kawartha, Maryam Monsef, on behalf of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, Catherine McKenna, announced a historic federal infrastructure investment of nearly $270 million to restore and improve the Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site.

This funding will be used to restore and repair bridges, dams, locks and historic masonry structures, as well as improve visitor safety thanks to new lighting, handrails and signage.

The Trent-Severn Waterway is one of Canada’s most visited national historic sites welcoming more than 1 million visitors every year. It is an integral piece of Canada’s history, and a crucial transportation and recreational link for the region. It also operates as an integrated system that mitigates flooding to ensure public safety.

As we near the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017, the Government of Canada invites Canadians to experience and learn more about our environment and our heritage. Canada’s national parks and national historic sites enable Canadians to experience their rich history and heritage in a special way and will play a big part in the celebration of Canada 150. As part of Budget 2016, the Government of Canada announced free lockage will also be free for boaters in 2017.