2023 Hours of operation

Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site

Some Parks Canada places have begun a safe, gradual reopening of some outdoor areas and services, including camping. Visitors are encouraged to plan ahead and be well-prepared for their visit. Details here.

Lockstations and Murray Canal

Please note: Station opening and closing times, as well as first and last lockage, are not guaranteed and may be affected by water management duties, maintenance activities or other types of navigation interruptions.

May 19 to June 18

Monday to Thursday

10:00 am – 3:30 pm

Friday to Sunday
and Victoria Day (May 22)

9:00 am – 6:30 pm
June 19 to September 4

Monday to Thursday

9:00 am – 5:30 pm

Friday to Sunday
and Canada Day (July 1), Civic Holiday (Aug. 7), Labour Day (Sept. 4)

9:00 am – 6:30 pm
September 5 to October 9

Monday to Friday

10:00 am – 3:30 pm

Saturday to Sunday
and Thanksgiving (Oct. 9)

9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Last Lockage

Follow these guidelines to maximize chances of being locked through at the end of the day:

  • All vessels must arrive at the designated blue zone at last lockage time
  • At swing bridges, the last bridge swing will be 10 minutes after last lockage time.

More Information

  • Access to lockstations is prohibited between 10:00 pm and 6:00 am
  • Lockstations are not staffed after-hours
  • For emergencies after-hours, please call 911 for police, fire, ambulance

Shoulder season

Mobile crews on the Trent-Severn Waterway were first utilized in 1997. Mobile crew operate multiple lock stations, conducting lockages within a grouping.

Murray Canal - Commercial Vessels

Commercial cargo vessels may request off season passage through the Murray Canal until the first Friday of November by writing the Southern Sector Manager, Trent–Severn Waterway, Box 850, Campbellford, ON K0L 1L0 or by phoning 705-653-3240.

At least 24 hours notice is required and a fee is charged for this service. Murray Canal swing bridges monitor VHF Channel 14 only during navigation season hours of operation.

Big Chute Marine Railway - Vessel Weight Capacity

Operators whose vessels weigh more than 68t (75 tons), have a peculiar hull configuration or who foresee problems lifting the hull by sling, must contact Trent–Severn Waterway at 705-756-8802 at least 48 hours in advance of trip.

CN Swing Bridge above Lock 42

Expect delays at this bridge. Trains are frequent and have priority over vessel traffic. Clearance when bridge closed is approximately 3.96 m (13 ft.).

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