Openings and services differ across the country. Please check the Parks Canada national information portal dedicated to COVID-19 for regular updates.

Important information about your visit to the Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site

What's Open (updated June 11, 2021)
  • The Trent-Severn Waterway is open for navigation.
What's closed (updated June 11, 2021)
  • Reservable camping (lock 8 & lock 35), camping for cyclists and hikers, oTENTiks, and the cabin at Rosedale on the Trent-Severn Waterway will be available effective June 18, 2021.
  • Oasis at Meyers (lock 9) and Hagues Reach (lock 10) will be available effective July 1.
  • 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.
Camping during COVID-19 (updated June 11, 2021)
  • Camping for boaters (paddlers and vessels under power) will be available on the Trent-Severn Waterway on June 11, 2021.
  • Please note that this camping is not reservable 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.
  • Reservable camping (lock 8 & lock 35), camping for cyclists and hikers, oTENTiks, and the cabin at Rosedale on the Trent-Severn Waterway will be available effective June 18, 2021.
  • Oasis at Meyers (lock 9) and Hagues Reach (lock 10) will be available effective July 1.
  • Bookings for reservable camping, oTENTIks, Oasis and the cabin can be made on the Parks Canada Agency Reservations.
  • 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.
Your safety when visiting
  • Lockage: Boaters are expected to be in full care and control of their vessels and to maintain 2 metres 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.
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  • 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.


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Water Management
 

Parks Canada’s water management responsibilities on the Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site are considered part of the Agency’s critical services to the public and continue to be carried out on a 24/7 basis with the same level of commitment in terms of resources and effort.

Parks Canada maintains the Ontario Waterways Water Management InfoNet on this website. The InfoNet contains background information on water management practices, water management updates, frequently asked questions about water management, various reports on water management, and the most recent water level of lakes along both the Trent-Severn Waterway.

The primary source of relevant local flood forecasting information for residents and visitors continues to be their respective Conservation Authority or the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.

Infrastructure projects
 

The health and safety of Canadians, visitors, and Parks Canada team members is of the utmost importance to the Agency. Parks Canada’s infrastructure program is considered part of the Agency’s critical services to the public. We will continue to communicate if there are any changes in project status or schedule that impact the public.

Management plans
 

The health and safety of Canadians, visitors, and Parks Canada team members is of the utmost importance to the Agency. Parks Canada is following the advice of public health experts and implementing measures to support Canada’s efforts to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and reduce risks to employees and visitors.

As a result, Parks Canada has also suspended all public consultations and formal engagement with stakeholders and Indigenous peoples on management plans until further notice.

Management plans are developed through consultation and input from various people and organizations, including Indigenous peoples, local and regional residents, visitors, and the public.

The Agency is currently focusing its efforts on critical operations. There is, therefore, limited capacity to undertake full and meaningful management planning consultations at this time. Parks Canada also recognizes that the focus of the Canadian public, Indigenous partners and our stakeholders is on public health and safety and the economy.

Parks Canada is committed to resuming all management planning activities, including public consultations and formal engagement with stakeholders and Indigenous peoples, once operations return to normal and capacity allows.

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