Going through the locks on the Trent Severn Waterway

The Trent Severn Waterway is one of Canada's most spectacular waterways and is a national historic site that is operated and safeguarded by Parks Canada. It is a world famous tourist destination that it is home to some of the best recreational boating in North America and is one of the finest man made interconnected systems of navigation in the world.

  • The waterway stretches 386 km (240 miles) from Lake Ontario's Bay of Quinte to Georgian Bay and Lake Huron.
  • Home to the World's two highest hydraulic lift locks which are in Peterborough and Kirkfield.
  • Located in the beautiful village of Coboconk on the Gull River is Canada's Fresh Water Summit - The highest elevation of fresh water from which you can circumnavigate the globe. Samuel de Champlaine travelled this route with native guides in 1615.
  • It is an impressive chain of lakes and rivers linked by more than 40 locks and some 50 km (33 miles) of excavated channels. All of the locks are situated in a beautiful park-like setting and most are proximate to small, inviting communities.

The Trent Severn Waterway is an engineering marvel, is historically relevant and geographically fascinating. A great experience to capture for the kids when they return to school and write about "What I Did This Summer".

For more information on the Trent Severn Waterway, visit the official site for Parks Canada.