Trent-Severn Waterway Opens for 2023 Navigation Season

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Parks Canada is pleased to welcome all new and returning visitors for the opening of the 103rd navigation season on the Trent-Severn Waterway.

Following a record year for overnight mooring on the Trent-Severn Waterway in 2022 and a surge in popularity among international guests, travellers are encouraged to book their preferred travel windows, accommodations, and lock passes early to reserve the best experience on Ontario’s historic canals.

The Trent-Severn Waterway’s lock stations between Trenton and Port Severn connect people with incredible beauty, natural heritage, and modern Canadian memories at our National Historic Sites. Parks Canada offers 450,000 km2 of stories, and the Trent-Severn Waterway has experiences for everyone.

Our one-of-a-kind overnight stays at oTENTiks, Ôasis and through reservable camping are unique and popular experiences, which can be booked online at

This year, canoers and kayakers will continue to enjoy 50% off their seasonal lockage and mooring passes for all paddlers, all season-long and returning this year will be the ever-popular “Lock and Paddle,” scheduled for August 26, 2023. We are still in the planning stages, but interested individuals should watch our website and social media channels as we gear up to present this unique event. What is “Lock and Paddle”? Check out all the action here.

The safety of our visitors and staff continues to be of the utmost importance to Parks Canada. Due to higher-than-average flows in certain reaches, boaters, paddlers, and swimmers are asked to exercise caution. Floating debris may be present, and aids to navigation may be off-station as Parks Canada continues to monitor the navigation channels. Boaters are also advised to watch their wake and wash near shorelines to avoid damage to docks, boats and property.

For more information about the Trent-Severn Waterway, visit us on-line at, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter @TrentSevernNHS.

Pete Fisher
Author: Pete Fisher

Has been a photojournalist for over 30-years and have been honoured to win numerous awards for photography and writing over the years. Best selling author for the book Highway of Heroes - True Patriot Love

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