Trent-Severn Waterway

See an engineering marvel steeped in history

No visit to Kawarthas Northumberland is complete without a road trip to the Trent-Severn Waterway, a National Historic Site of Canada. Built mostly in the 1800s, the waterway is now owned and operated by Parks Canada and offers boating access along a scenic 386-kilometre route of interconnected rivers, lakes and canals. There are countless must-see spots that can be enjoyed by car, bike, or boat.

For an unforgettable selfie, stop at the Ranney Gorge Suspension Bridge in Ferris Provincial Park; the backdrop of fall foliage from this 91-metre-long bridge, which hovers nine metres above the gorge, is spectacular.

Many of the top experiences in Peterborough & the Kawarthas are on & along the Trent-Severn Waterway. For example, Liftlock & the Riverboat Cruises is your destination for a guided cruise through the epic Peterborough Liftlock (the highest hydraulic liftlock in the world).

As if the charm of Bobcaygeon itself weren’t enough, this sweet town is also home to the first lock constructed on the waterway, over 160 years ago.