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Escape along the Trent-Severn Waterway

Kawarthas Northumberland is connected by the historic Trent-Severn Waterway. Less than 60km of the nearly 400km of this waterway is man-made canals – the rest is a stunning variety of natural lakes and rivers, dotted with towns and villages that beg to be explored. This is a hidden gem for vacationing by boat.

Boating on the Trent-Severn Waterway

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Connecting Georgian Bay to Trenton and Presqu’ile Bay on Lake Ontario, the Trent-Severn Waterway is backbone of Kawarthas Northumberland. Managed by Parks Canada, the Trent-Severn Waterway is a National Historic Site of Canada. But this historic waterway is far more than just a canal. Less than 60km of its nearly 400km is man-made canals. The rest is natural lakes and rivers framed by limestone gorges and the iconic Canadian Shield. These diverse bodies of water are home to some of the best multi-species fishing in all of Ontario and over a dozen provincial parks as well as several unique conservation areas.

The locks of the Trent-Severn are also at the heart of towns and villages with vibrant cultural scenes, delicious locally-sourced cuisine, and award-winning craft breweries. The storied shores of the Trent-Severn embrace an abundance of trails (including the Kawartha Trans Canada Trail), and some of Ontario’s most scenic driving and cycling routes. Suffice it to say that travellers on & along with Trent-Severn Waterway will be spoiled for choice between on-water escapes and excursions on land.

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The Houseboat Capital of Ontario

Take your family or get away with a group of friends for a perfect vacation on the Trent-Severn Waterway, the Houseboat Capital of Ontario. A houseboat vacation gives you all the freedom to choose your own adventure, all at your own pace and leisure. Take all the comforts of home with you on the water, navigating the lock system from lake to lake, stopping for lunch along the way in Bobcaygeon or grilling up your own in the middle of the lake! Swim, paddle, stargaze, and cast your line right from the boat. Make some stops along your route and discover the charming and quaint towns and villages. You can even head to shore to go to the theatre, check out a concert, visit a farmers market, or do some retail therapy at some of the many unique stores and shops.

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Many of the locks along the Trent-Severn 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, travellers can enjoy the Trent-Severn Waterway by boat, by bike, on foot or by car.

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