Trent Severn Waterway

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Trent Severn Waterway  ~  National Historic Site of Canada

The Trent-Severn Waterway is an operational canal linking Lake Ontario to Georgian Bay in Lake Huron. The waterway is 386 km long, with 45 locks.

The south end begins at Trenton, Ontario at the western end of the Quinte area and just east of the Murray canal, used by boaters coming from Lake Ontario. You may also arrive from the Quinte area, a protected stretch of cruising waters starting in Kingston, Ontario. Sailors must take their mast down, and make sure of keel clearance before beginning their journey. Your route will wind though lakes, rivers, canals, locks, and even a marine lift at Peterborough! The waterway is used by locals (including Toronto) as a weekend playground, by visiting boaters on a holiday, and as a shortcut to Georgian Bay for cruising boaters. Read a letter from a happy Trent Canal tourist (1997).


Peterborough Lift Lock

2007: The Trent Waterway maintains approximately 2000 aids from the Murray Canal on Lake Ontario to Port Severn on Georgian Bay. Many buoys and other aids have been removed on the Trent system.

Some chart numbers for the Trent Waterway: 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024, 2025, 2026, 2028, 2029.

Information & Charts

Friends of the Trent-Severn Waterway
P.O. Box 572, Hunter Street East
Peterborough, Ont., Canada, K9J 7H7
705-742-2251   Toll-free: 1-800-663-2628

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