Taste of the TSW

A celebration of food and community along the historic Trent-Severn Waterway

Join Parks Canada in commemorating 101 years of navigation along the Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site

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
Three people in the bow of a boat wave to the operator as they navigate the lock in Bobcaygeon

Visit Trail Town communities and sample food inspired by their connection to this special place. Local bakeries, breweries and restaurants have stepped up with special culinary creations designed to celebrate the milestone occasion.

With eighty percent of the historic waterway within Kawarthas Northumberland, communities from across the region, including designated Trent-Severn Trail Towns, are commemorating the Trent-Severn Centennial+1 by showcasing their local flavour through desserts, drinks and dishes offered up by local businesses to visitors who come by boat, bike or car.

Make it a part of your trip plan this season. See a list of participating businesses below, or look for the ‘Taste of the TSW’ sign in the window and take the opportunity to try new and much-loved creations from some of the best food and beverage purveyors along the Waterway.

Taste of the TSW Creations

Food and beverage providers are busy working on new recipes to celebrate the Taste of the TSW. Here’s what they’ve cooked up so far…

McGillicafey’s – Trail Town IPA

13 Bridge St N, Hastings

You can’t miss McGillicafey’s if you’re heading through Lock 18 in Hastings. Fittingly, McGillicafey’s offers two TSW-themed brews for the discerning beer drinker. Try their flavourful Trail Town IPA or the easy-drinking Lock 18 Lager on your next trip into town!

Pizza Alloro – Trail Town Special

5 Main St, Buckhorn

A large pizza with pepperoni, bacon, mushrooms and onions for $21.94 is a special that, unlike a pizza, can’t be topped. Call Pizza Alloro to order takeout and ask for the Trail Town Special!
All-dressed hotdog on a plate with Greek salad from Sideways Bar & Grill in Campbellford

Sideways Bar & Grill – Trail Town Canal Canoe & Trail Town Hot Dog Poutine

18 Bridge St. West, Campbellford

Work up an appetite after a day on the Trent-Severn Waterway? Order from Sideways Bar & Grill and treat yourself to an all-beef jumbo dog, AKA a Canal Canoe. Or try the indulgent Trail Town Hot Dog Poutine for a TSW twist on a Canadian classic.
A six-pack of Campbellford Trail Town Lager sits beside the water, with an extra beer on the side to show the label

Sideways Trail Town Lager Beer by Church Key Brewery

18 Bridge St. West, Campbellford

Also available at Sideways Bar & Grill is the Trail Town Lager, produced in collaboration with Church-Key Brewing Company. Check the link in the title for nuanced tasting notes – suffice to say this is a refreshing, lively brew that pairs well with summer days along the Trent-Severn Waterway.
Baked4U logo, shop name written in cursive over the image of a plate

Baked4U – TSW Cottage Country Chelsea Buns

1837 Lansdowne St W, Unit 9A, Peterborough

Situated in Peterborough’s west end, Baked4U offers delicious baked treats both sweet and savoury. Their contribution to the Taste of the TSW is the Cottage Country Chelsea Bun, a richly flavourful confection similar to a cinnamon bun.
Fresh Dreams logo, simple text on an orange background with the caption "made in Spain"

Fresh Dreams – Spring Mix Salad with Wild Forest Berries 

373 Queen St, Peterborough

Spanish cuisine restaurant Fresh Dreams has always made the most of local ingredients, and the spring mix salad with wild forest berries is a prime example. A fine addition to an ever-evolving, creative menu.

Revelstoke Cafe logo, name written inside the circle left by a beverage cup

Revelstoke Cafe – Liftlock Burger

641 George St North, Peterborough

If you’re passionate about plant-based diets or simply curious about inventive vegan recipes, Revelstoke is a must-visit. Their new Liftlock Burger is made from double beyond meat patties on freshly baked brioche bread with vegan mature cheddar, piled high with all the toppings including specialty sauce and homemade aioli.

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Hobart’s Lighthouse – Harbour Town Chowder

2281 McCracken’s Landing Rd, Lakefield

Hobart’s Lighthouse offers a unique location on the shores of beautiful Stony Lake. Their Harbour Town Chowder is impressive too: a hearty sauté of shrimp, white fish, mussels & spicy sausage with red onions, peppers & potatoes in a rich Cajun cream, served with a garlic parmesan stick.

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Bridgewater Coffee & Pizza – Hastings Lock 18 Butter Tarts

16 Bridge St. N., Hastings

Butter tarts abound in Kawarthas Northumberland, and Bridgewater’s stand out. As you pass through Hastings on a Trail Town adventure, make time to stop in and try the Lock 18 Butter Tart.

A disposable coffee cup with "The Silver Bean" written on it sits on the bow of a kayak

the Silver Bean Cafe – Otonabean Espresso

130 King Street, Peterborough

It’s easy to see why The Silver Bean calls itself “Your waterfront cottage in the city.” For the Taste of the TSW, this welcoming destination has partnered with Peterborough’s Rapids End Coffee Roastery to create a custom espresso roast: the Otonabean Espresso. Also available for purchase as beans to take home.



Belmont Lake Brewery – The Long and Winding Trent Amber Ale

54 Fire Road 17, Havelock

Belmont Brewery, specialists in English-style beers, claims they worked eight days a week to produce an amber ale in honour of the Waterway. The effort has paid off – try this latest addition to their already impressive roster of beers.

A box of attractively wrapped goods with a card that reads "Tea Time"

Coboconk Go-Karts and Ice Cream – TSTT Traditional British Afternoon Tea

6923 ON-35, Coboconk

Traditional British afternoon tea in a box! This offering comes complete with Yorkshire gold teabag, sugar, honey, a wedge of lemon, Carnation milk, crustless sandwiches, petit four cake, chocolate dipped strawberry, French macaroon, creamed horn, cream puff, scone, clotted cream, and mini jam jar. Order based on the number of guests and you’re set.

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Other Trent-Severn Centennial+1 Celebrations

2020 marked the 100-year anniversary of the completion of the Trent-Severn Waterway. Unfortunately, COVID-19 disrupted Parks Canada’s plans to celebrate the milestone with a series of live events and gatherings. In 2021, Parks Canada is commemorating the centennial with a series of virtual events and activities designed to connect visitors with the special history of the Waterway in exciting new ways. Visit the Trent-Severn 101 website to learn more about the Google Earth Project, Live at the Locks video series on Facebook, and the Cross-Canada Virtual Road Trip to the Peterborough Lift Lock.

Explore. Experience. Enjoy.

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