Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site

Salute human ingenuity as you travel this 386km waterway, first opened in 1922 to connect Lake Ontario and Georgian Bay. Today Parks Canada maintains and operates this historic lock system as a perennial destination for recreational boaters and paddlers, and a home to the many people who live, work, and play along its length.


42 historic lockstations

Visit by land or water, and enjoy various activities and facilities.

We are hiring

Help operate and maintain the locks, bridges and dams across this historic waterway. See current job postings and apply today!

Lock & Paddle 2024

Paddle alongside hundreds of colourful canoes and kayaks towards the World’s Tallest Hydraulic Lift Lock.

Visiting the Trent–Severn Waterway

Activities and experiences

Boating, paddling, overnight mooring, visiting lockstations, Trent-Severn Trail Towns.

Plan your visit

Hours of operation, how to get here, lockstations, lockage and navigation, passes and permits, fees, travel tips and ideas.

Camping and accommodations

Ôasis, oTENTik, Rustic cabin, camping at lockstations.

Safety and guidelines

We all have a role to play in maintaining safety on the Trent-Severn Waterway.

Management and operations

Stewardship and management

Real property, occupation and development, film and video permits. visitor guidelines, historic canals regulation, wild rice, management planning, jobs

Water Management InfoNet

Water levels, drawdown, outlook and updates, local conservation authorities, frequently asked questions

Improvements and infrastructure

Status updates, info bulletins and frequently asked questions about critical projects that may affect your visit.

Contact us


Hours of operation

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


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