General information about permits

  • Vessel length is used to calculate lockage and mooring fees
  • Vessels 12ft and under are charged a minimum rate for all permits
  • Permits are valid only during the year of issue and are not transferable or refundable
  • Seasonal lockage, mooring or transit decals must be affixed to the vessel
  • Vessels towing a boat (aluminum, fiberglass, rubber dinghy or personal watercraft) regardless of size, with or without an engine, will require a lockage permit for the towed craft
  • A mooring permit for a towed vessel is also a requirement

Boating and paddling permits

Various passes or permits are required for transiting through the locks on the Trent-Severn Waterway, and for mooring overnight at lockstations. Visitors travelling by boat or paddlecraft (kayaks and canoes) will be required to show permits for lockage and/or overnight mooring.

Permit types
Seasonal lockage:
  • Allows passage through any number of locks throughout the entire navigation season
6-day lockage:
  • Allows passage through any number of locks on any six days
1-day lockage:
  • Allows passage through any number of locks in a single day
Transit lockage:
  • One-way travel through the entire Trent-Severn Waterway system
Single Lockage and Return:
  • Fee charged to travel through and then return by the same lock station.
Seasonal mooring:
  • Allows day and overnight mooring at seven historic canals and two national parks throughout the entire navigation season
Overnight mooring:
  • Allows boaters to stay overnight at lockstations on a first-come first-served basis
Purchase your lockage and mooring permits

Permits are available for purchase at most lock stations.

Purchase by phone

Phone number: 1-888-773-8888

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Camping permits

Camping permits are issued on a first-come first served basis at most lockstations at the discretion of the lockmaster.

  • Fees are determined by group size
  • Boaters with overnight mooring permits camp for free
More information about camping at lockstations

Overnight accommodations reservations

Bookings for overnight accommodations along the Trent-Severn Waterway, including Oasis and oTENTik sites, are made through the Parks Canada Reservation Service or by phoning: 1- 888-888-8888.

More information about overnight accommodations

Visitor guidelines

Before you visit the Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic site, please read and review the rules and regulations that help protect this special place. All visitors who transit the locks and stay overnight are expected to understand and follow these guidelines.

See all Visitor Guidelines