The Trent-Severn Waterway is made up of 386 kilometres (210 miles) of interconnected lakes and rivers stretching through central Ontario, Canada.
Founded: 1833Number of Locks: 44Number of Swing Bridges: 39One-Way Travel Time: 5 to 7 daysLowest Bridge Clearance: 6.7 metres (22 feet)
Water Depths (under normal conditions)Locks 1 to 19: 2.4 metres (8 feet)Locks 20 to 45: 1.7 metres (5 feet 7 inches)
Lock SizesThe smallest lock on the Trent-Severn is Port Severn (Lock #45). It measures 25.4m (84') long and 7.0m (23') wide. Vessels wishing to travel the entire Waterway cannot exceed these dimensions.
Big Chute Marine Railway RestrictionsBig Chute (Lock #44) is a marine railway that carries boats across land in a cradle. Vessels wishing to use Big Chute must adhere to the following restrictions:Max. vessel length: 30.5m (99.2')Max. vessel beam (width): 7.3m (24')Max. vessel weight: 90 metric tonnes (99 tons)Note: Vessels that weigh more than 68 metric tonnes (75 tons) or have a peculiar hull configuration must contact Trent-Severn Waterway Headquarters in Peterborough (705-750-4900) at least 48 hours in advance of trip.
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Find out how old children and young adults need to be before they can operate certain watercraft on the Trent-Severn Waterway.
Important advice on how to be prepared to communicate with other boats and emergency personnel on shore, should you run into problems on the water.
Prior to heading out on the water, you need certain safety equipment stowed on board your vessel. To find out what you need, visit our Minimum Required Safety Equipment page.
Before you head out on the Trent-Severn Waterway, there are a few items we suggest you read in order to make your trip safer and more successful.
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