Trent Severn Waterway

Trent Severn Waterway  ~  National Historic Site of Canada

The Trent-Severn Waterway is a National Historic Site of Canada, an operational canal linking Lake Ontario to Georgian Bay in Lake Huron. The waterway is 386 km long, with 45 locks, and 15 swing bridges.

Originally built to carry commercial shipping, the Waterway is now a major centre of tourism and recreational boating. The Trent is also a source of hydroelectric energy and is a crucial community water source.

The south end begins at Trenton, Ontario at the western end of the Quinte area, a protected stretch of cruising waters west pf Kingston, and just east of the Murray canal, used by boaters coming from Lake Ontario.

Sailors who wish to transit the waterway must take their mast down, and make sure of keel clearance before beginning their journey. The waterway winds though lakes, rivers, canals, locks, and even a marine lift at Peterborough. The waterway is a shortcut to Georgian Bay for cruising boaters. Read a letter from a happy Trent Canal tourist (1997).


Peterborough Lift Lock

The Trent Waterway maintains aids to navigation 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 (2007). Here are some chart numbers for the Trent Waterway: 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024, 2025, 2026, 2028, 2029.

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