Just east of Toronto, the Trent-Severn Waterway is a National Historic Site of Canada. Built mostly in the 1800s, the Trent-Severn winds its way through the iconic Canadian Shield, remote lakes, and some of the best multi-species fishing grounds in Ontario. Many of the locks along the waterway are at the heart of towns and villages with vibrant cultural scenes and delicious farm-to-table culinary experiences. The Trent-Severn is more than just a waterway. With a great variety of trails, parks, and scenic driving routes along its storied shores, travelers can enjoy the Trent-Severn by boat, by bike, on foot or by car.
Peterborough & The Kawarthas are positioned at the heart of the Trent-Severn Waterway.
Peterborough is home to the Canadian Canoe Museum and the world’s largest hydraulic lift lock. Not far away, near the shores of Stoney Lake, is the unique and remarkable Petroglyphs Provincial Park, featuring the largest known concentration of Aboriginal rock carvings in Canada.
Did you know that you can become the captain of your very own houseboating vacation. Explore the gorgeous Kawartha Lakes as well as charming towns like Bobcaygeon and Fenelon Falls all from the comfort and freedom of your own houseboat rental.
Visit Northumberland to discover the southern reaches of the Trent-Severn Waterway.
The Trent-Severn Waterway is just one part of much larger region that includes many of the beautiful and historic towns on the shores of Lake Ontario. Check out this video of the remarkable salmon run on the Ganaraska River in beautiful Port Hope, just across the street from the Capitol Theatre, a National Historic Site of Canada.
And don’t forget to indulge in Ontario’s biggest Butter Tart Tour, featuring several bakeries that are within walking distance of mooring locations on the Trent-Severn.