Your Trail Town Adventure Begins Here

What is a Trent-Severn Trail Town?

A Trail Town is a destination along a long-distance trail. Our trail is not a land trail, it is a waterway trail. Along the waterway, our Trail Town communities welcome visitors travelling by motor vehicles, boaters, paddlers, hikers and cyclists with warm hospitality and pride of place. They support trail visitor needs with overnight accommodations, food and retail opportunities, activities and attractions.

The Trent–Severn Waterway is a 386 kilometer (240 miles) long canal route connecting Lake Ontario at Trenton to Georgian Bay, Lake Huron, at Port Severn. There are 44 locks (the first was built in 1833) along the waterway, including 36 conventional locks, two sets of flight locks and two hydraulic lift locks and roughly 32 kilometers (20 miles) of man-made channels. The waterway is a National Historic Site of Canada and its scenic, meandering route has been called “one of the finest interconnected systems of navigation in the world”.











A smiling woman stands outside the Bridgewater Cafe in Hastings, holding a tray of butter tarts beside a green "Trail Town Friendly" on the window

Savour the Taste of the TSW

Food and beverage providers across Kawarthas Northumberland have stepped up to help Parks Canada celebrate the 101 centennial of the Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site. Discover delicious new regional favourites with the Taste of the TSW program.

Introducing the Trent-Severn Trail Towns Paddle Art Tour

The Trent-Severn Trail Town Paddle Art Tour is a celebration of local artists, the rich history and beauty of the Trent-Severn Waterway, and the Trail Towns it connects.

These lovingly decorated paddles pay tribute to the Waterway and the rich canoe culture in the Trail Towns region. Local businesses and institutions have placed the paddles on display, creating ideal jumping off points for your Trail Town explorations.

Become a Trail Town Friendly Business

Are you a business owner interested in becoming certified as Trail Town Friendly? Review the eligibility criteria, membership benefits, and submit an application below.

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