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2021 Trent-Severn Waterway Updates

In Peterborough & the Kawarthas we have a romance with our abundance of fresh water.

Being ideally located along the Trent-Severn Waterway, a National Historic Site of Canada has made water a way of life for residents and visitors alike. Here is everything you need to know to get out and enjoy the Trent-Severn Waterway this season.

2021 Hours of Operation

The scheduled start date of the 2021 Navigation Season for the Trent-Severn Waterway is May 28th, 2021 pending that the Stay at Home order is lifted.

Parks Canada’s priorities for Ontario Waterways at this time are water management, construction projects and the various preparations for the navigation season. Parks Canada’s will communicate promptly should there be any change to this schedule.

As part of Parks Canada’s ongoing effort to combat COVID-19 and in the interests of the health and safety of all Canadians, visitors, and Parks Canada team members, all visitors (boaters and land-based) are required to adhere to the following  while visiting our sites:

  • Lockage: Boaters are expected to be in full care and control of their vessels and to maintain 2 meters distance from staff and other boaters at all times during lockage. Mask use is mandatory within 2 metres of staff or visitors. Boaters requiring assistance with lockage must identify their concerns to lockstaff prior to entering the chamber. Boaters must at all times follow instructions from lockstaff who are always readily available to ensure a safe and efficient experience for all visitors.
  • Mask Mandatory for Service: Mask use is mandatory for visitors in situations where they will be within 2 meters of Parks Canada team members or other visitors, including if they require assistance when locking through.  Masks are also required for the use of washrooms at lock stations and during sales transactions.
  • Maintain Social Distancing: Visitors must respect the safety of others at all times by maintaining their distance from other visitors and Parks Canada team members.  Please respect the roped-off areas on the lock walls that provide a safe working space for our staff.
  • No Large Gatherings: Gatherings that are not consistent with provincial COVID-19 restrictions are prohibited on Parks Canada lands along the Trent-Severn Waterway.
  • Use Cashless Payment: For the purchase of permits, please use cashless payment whenever possible.

Also, please be advised that operation of the Peterborough Lift Lock will be available on a modified basis starting on May 28, 2021, with an anticipated return to full operation by the end of June 2021. In order to transit as many vessels per day as possible, lockages will scheduled, allowing for one complete transfer up and down per day. Boaters will be asked to disembark their vessels while the transfer is underway.

Camping for boaters (paddlers and vessels under power) will be available on the Trent-Severn Waterway when the waterway opens for 2021 Navigation Season on May 28th, 2021 with restrictions in place.

Please note that camping can not be reserved ahead of time and space is allocated by the Lockmaster on a first-come, first-served basis. Capacity for camping at the lockstation is at the discretion of the Lockmaster who must consider the requirement for appropriate social distancing.
Unfortunately, as a result of COVID-19 mitigations, group camping and drive-up camping will not be offered on the Trent-Severn Waterway until further notice.
 Visitors are asked to plan ahead by checking the Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site website before they travel to find out:
  • what is open;
  • what they can expect, including modified lockage and mooring protocols;
  • how to prepare for their visit.


Plan Ahead Here! Order your permit today!


Boaters wishing additional information to aid with trip planning can contact us via email at

For the most up-to-date information regarding our facilities and services, please visit us online at or follow us on social media @TrentSevernNHS

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