The Trent-Seven Trail Towns are located on the Treaty 20 Michi Saagiig territory and in the traditional territory of the Michi Saagiig and Chippewa Nations, collectively known as the Williams Treaties First Nations. We respectfully acknowledge that the Williams Treaties First Nations are the stewards and caretakers of these lands and waters in perpetuity, and that they continue to maintain this responsibility to ensure their health and integrity for generations to come.
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 vehicle, boat, paddle, foot and bicycle with warm hospitality and pride of place. Trail Towns support trail visitor needs with overnight accommodations, food and retail opportunities, activities and attractions.
The Trent–Severn Waterway is a 386-kilometer (240-mile) 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.”
PLAN YOUR VISIT
Indulge in the Taste of the TSW
Discover delicious new regional favourites with the Taste of the TSW program. Food and beverage providers across Kawarthas Northumberland have shown inspiration and honoured the Trent-severn Waterway by coming up with new dishes, desserts and drinks for you to sample.
Bikepacking the Trail Towns
If you’re looking to get to know the Trent-Severn Trail Towns, there’s no better way than hoping on your bike for a multi-day exploration. This itinerary will take you through gorgeous country scenery, with regular rest stops in the Trail Towns to fuel up and experience local culture.
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.
Explore. Experience. Enjoy.