An award winning, hands-on, historical dining experience through, inside and under the world’s highest hydraulic lift lock.
Signature Experience: Under Water Dining at Lock 21
Your adventure begins at the Peterborough Lift Lock on the Trent- Severn Waterway, both National Historic Sites of Canada. You’ll meet up with your “voyageur” guide and “Richard Birdsall Rogers” the man who engineered this magnificent structure, opened in 1904.
Throughout the tour, you can expect to hear stories of the voyageur life and learn the basic paddling strokes as you work together on this one-of-a-kind tour to paddle a 36’ voyageur canoe along the canal and into the world’s highest hydraulic lift lock chamber.
Once your canoe is tied, you will have time to chat with other marine travellers as boaters from around the world pass through the Trent-Severn Waterway.
Effortlessly your canoe begins to rise – a dramatic 19.81 metres (65 feet)…
As only he can, Richard B Rogers will share his stories of the history of the waterway, how the Peterborough Lift Lock (also a National Historic Site of Canada) was built, and how it operates. At the time of its construction, this lock was considered an engineering achievement of national and international renown.
You reach the upper level and paddle out of the chamber tying up on the sidelines to celebrate your journey with a voyageur “toast”. Join the Lockmaster in his booth as he explains the current day operations of the lock. You may be one of the lucky voyageurs to stay behind and operate the last lockage of the day before rejoining your fellow paddlers.
Back in the canoe you paddle into the chamber and prepare for your descent enjoying a spectacular countryside view. Once docked your group will make their way across the gated walkway to the bullnose. Enjoy the view and continue to chat with Richard and your Voyageur guides while you sip mocktails, enjoy hors-d’oeuvres, listen to local musicians and meet the Tres Hombres, local chefs celebrating epicurean life in Peterborough & the Kawarthas via secret gatherings in undisclosed locations.
Next prepare to follow the Lockmaster through a series of narrow tunnels, stairways and chambers as he explains the locking operation and the amazing water balancing act that takes place with each lockage. You’ll wind your way into the lower chamber where your dining room awaits. Seat yourself at your table, lovingly crafted from “stop logs” by a Trent-Severn Waterway staff member. The boat chamber now sitting above you is full of water weighing approximately 1,700 tons!
Tres Hombres Chefs will tantalize you with creative dishes inspired by the freshest local ingredients, sourced from local farmers and producers and paired with a tasting of specially selected wines or beer. Watch as the chefs prepare the dishes directly in front of you and chat with them about their passion for food and the region.
Save some room for dessert! The Trent-Severn Waterway team will lead you to the Turbine room for dessert and aperitifs and listen as the Lockmaster regales you with his encounters with the ghostly residents of the Peterborough Lift Lock.
As the evening draws to a close, the staff will see you off with a treasured memento of this amazing structure and your adventure.
Time to check another unique experience off your bucket list – you will have joined a group of fewer than 75 citizens of the world who will have experienced Under Water Dining at Lock 21.
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We flew up here just for this, and it was so, so worth it.
Carolyn Parrish, California, USA
$650.00 per couple (plus 13% HST), Tickets available in multiples of two
Maximum guests 16 per experience
Must be 19 years of age or older
Pre-registration and payment with credit card is required to confirm your seat.
Location: Meet at Lift Lock Visitor Centre, 353 Hunter St E., Peterborough (Parking is available)
All dates are SOLD OUT
Thursday, June 13, 2019 – 3–8pm
Thursday, July 11, 2019 – 5–10pm
Thursday, August 8, 2019 – 5–10pm
Thursday, September 12, 2019 – 3–8pm