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  We are very proud to announce our recently produced 'Cruising The Trent Severn Waterway' feature video is now available. Due to overwhelming demand, our DVD/Blu-ray Value Pack is currently out of stock. We will be restocking the DVD format again soon, but until then, please note that we also offer a Digital Download so that you can instantly have the video on your computer or other device to enjoy right away! Enjoy & thank you for your support :-)

Please enjoy this two minute preview;

This exciting, feature length, 76 minute long 'Cruising The Trent Severn Waterway' production video was shot in full HD and takes takes the viewer through the entire 240 miles of this enticing and beautiful series of interconnected lakes, rivers and canals that connect Lake Ontario with Lake Huron's Georgian Bay.
Come along as we cruise through such diverse landscapes and scenery that ranges from pastoral farmland to the rugged, 3 billion year old granite outcroppings of the Canadian Shield! We also visit the great marinas that range from small to big city, as well as some of the prettiest locks along the system to witness stunning, once in a lifetime sunsets.
Home to the two highest lift locks in the world, as well as North Americas only Marine Railway, makes for some very unique and remarkable cruising - with almost all of these sites being also reachable by car.
See why this area is loved by all who visit and becomes a highlight for those cruisers who are travel the 6,000 mile long 'Americas Great Loop'.

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This is the same full length (76 minutes) feature offered on the Combo Pack disk set above. Now only $9.95 (USD). Note that HST is included in all Canadian orders. Enjoy and thank you for your support :-)

The Trent-Severn Waterway 'begins' at it's south-eastern point on the Bay of Quinte on eastern Lake Ontario and extends in a north-westerly direction to Port Severn where the Severn River flows into Georgian Bay. Boaters can travel end to end - or from any point along the system to each of the connected great lakes and beyond. For those of us fortunate enough to live along the waterway, this opens up access to virtually endless destinations beyond our home waters.

 Please note that the Trent Severn Waterway is owned by the people of Canada via the Canadian Federal Government and is managed through Parks Canada. For specific information regarding the operation of the system (including maintenance, technical queries or special requests, please contact the Trent Severn Waterway National Historic Site at 'ont.trentsevern@pc.gc.ca'.

   For ease of navigating this site, we have divided the Waterway into four individual regions:

   Use the menu at left to explore each of these regions.

  The overall length of the system is 240 miles (386 km) and features 44 locks, including the first and second highest lift locks on the world, 2 flight locks and one marine railway. It took 87 years to complete, from 1833, when the first lock was constructed, until the final leg of the system opened in 1920.
A Clear Day On Clear Lake

 The Waterway is made up of a number of interconnected lakes, rivers, canals and cuts. Since many of these waters are at varying elevations, a series of locks were built to allow vessels to transit the system from end to end. In fact, boats transiting from Lake Ontario are raised 596 feet (182m) to the summit at Balsam Lake and then decent 262 feet (80m) down to Georgian Bay.

 Initially, the first elements of the system were dams and locks, built to accommodate water powered mills and the movement of timbers cut by local logging companies. As time passed, pressure was mounted to join various sections of the future waterway. Over many years, these efforts saw only limited success.
Ultimately, the increasing populations of the various districts saw their influence contribute to it's completion.

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 By the time the waterway was completed, it's original purpose as transportation
Fenelon Falls Lock corridor had been overshadowed by an expanding railway network, as well as the increased reliance on the automobile. As use along the system fell off, there had actually been call to fill in portions to make better use of the space. Fortunately, this was never followed through with and the popularity of recreational boating saw a renewed interest with an upswing in the number of users.

 What was once a loose amalgamation of varying interests is now a unified waterway, operated by Parks Canada. It's importance is recognized by it's designation as a National Historic Site Of Canada.

Waterway Fast Facts

Total number of locks: 44

Length: 240 miles (386 km)

 Number of bridges: 60

 Number of Dams: 125

 Number Of Swing Bridges: 39

Capacity Of Hydroelectric Facilities: 100 Megawatts/Day

  Number Of Lockages in 2014: 98,000

Important Notice
Changes to Chart Data and Aids To Navigation along the Waterway;
Boaters planning to venture onto the Waterway should be aware of any changes to the chart information. Updates can be found on the Notice To Mariners web site (www.notmar.gc.ca).

  Today, the Trent-Severn Waterway allows visitors, residents and entrepreneurs a place to vacation, live and operate thriving businesses.

Rugged Severn River Shoreline

Boaters share this beautiful area with local cottagers, rental houseboats, fishermen and local and long term cruisers. As an integral part of the 'America's Great Loop', one can swap stories with those fortunate souls making the year long journey through the American mid-west, Gulf of Mexico, Eastern Seaboard and central Great Lakes region. The Trent-Severn Waterway plays a vital link in that journey.

 No matter how long your journey lasts, you will feel you are part of the history and hope that your future will hold a return trip.

Dusk Falls Over Peterborough Marina

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