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
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…
13 Bridge St N, Hastings
5 Main St, Buckhorn
18 Bridge St. West, Campbellford
18 Bridge St. West, Campbellford
1837 Lansdowne St W, Unit 9A, Peterborough
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
54 Fire Road 17, Havelock
Belmont Brewery’s specialists in English-style beers claim they worked eight days a week to produce an amber ale in honour of the Waterway. The effort has paid off – try the Long and Winding Trent Amber Ale, the latest addition to their already impressive roster of beers.
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.
4791 Hwy 28, North Kawartha
Burleigh Falls Inn & Suite’s signature brunch plate includes a house-made basil flatbread topped with local microgreens and chives, Leahy Stock Farm pulled bacon, spinach, and two perfectly poached Ontario Eggs finished with house Hollandaise. Available on the Weekend Brunch Menu, the Burleigh Falls River Raft pairs beautifully with the signature Cruiser Cocktail, or house-made Lovesick Lavender Lemonade.
4 Oak St, Havelock
These delicious handmade fish cakes are named after Scott the baker’s late Uncle Dan, who lived his whole life on the Trent-Severn and even worked for Parks Canada on the locks. He loved to boat, and his favourite fish was pickerel out of the Trent. Try Uncle Dan’s Pickerel Cakes and we think you’ll see why.
4741 County Road 45, Baltimore
Inspired by life on Rice Lake and fermented from fresh-pressed local apples, Rice Lake Original Dry Cider can be enjoyed from the shores overlooking Rice Lake—or when you just wish you were at the lake.
If you prefer a flavoured cider, try Rice Lake Cranberry Dry Cider. Featuring an orange-pink hue reminiscent of a Rice Lake sunset, this version is blended with Ontario cranberry juice for a deliciously tart, refreshing taste.
39 Bolton St, Bobcaygeon
Evoking the spirit of carefree summers at the cottage, the Lock 32 Sweet Sundae is made with creamy vanilla soft serve topped with whipped cream, hot fudge, and chewy brownie. Consider it the cherry on top of your visit to Bobcaygeon.
2824 River Ave, Youngs Point
The perfect pairing: Lock 27 Draft made with two-row malted barley and cold-aged for a crisp, clean flavour, and a juicy Lock 27 Homemade 7oz Smoked Burger infused with flavour. Tastes even better when eaten while taking in the view across Clear Lake.
1718 Kirkfield Road, Kirkfield
The Taste of the TSW experience is all about treating yourself, which is why the Lock 36 Cone is a waffle cone with one scoop of mint chip and one scoop of the flavour of your choice. With sprinkles on top, of course!
36 Saskatoon Avenue, Campbellford
Feedback for D’s Island Shack has been overwhelming positive since the Caribbean food truck opened in May of 2021. The Lock 13 Jerk Chicken Roti is one reason why—a delicious combination of spicy jerk chicken served on a bed of sweet, earthy puréed pumpkin and wrapped in a soft, fluffy, warm roti, it brings new and exciting flavours to the Campbellford food scene.
836 Armour Road, Peterborough
Square Plates has been a dependable family restaurant in Peterborough’s East City for years. They’ve outdone themselves with the Swingbridge Reuben Burger, a burger patty piled high with corned beef, cheese, sauerkraut and special sauce, topped with pickles and served with your choice of fresh cut fries or home fries.
8 Bridge St N, Hastings
The Lock 18 Latte is a delicious way to start off your day, or a perfect way to end it. Since it’s just steps from the Hastings swing bridge, the Water Lily is also a convenient stop during your Trail Town explorations.
187 County Rd 28, Bailieboro
Doo Doo’s melt-in-your-mouth pastry and ooey gooey filling make the Kawarthas Classic Butter Tart hard to resist. But don’t just take our word for it—Doo Doo’s has taken top honours in the Royal Winter Fair butter tart categories several years running, along with a trophy room’s worth of other awards.
1 Strickland Street, Lakefield, & 91 George Street, Peterborough
Refreshing blue lemonade topped with a candy fish! Jack’s Family Restaurant is always a crowdpleaser, and their summery Lift Lock Lemonade is one more reason to order from Jack’s.
2300 Pigeon Lake Rd, Bobcaygeon
Situated just outside Bobcaygeon in an extensively renovated cattle barn, the Lakeview Arts Barn is one of the region’s most appealing venues. It’s the perfect place to sip on a Taste of the Trent Cocktail, a delicious summery cocktail made with local blueberries, vodka and blue Curacao.
4 May St, Fenelon Falls
Fenelon Falls’ hometown brewery is situated in a lovingly renovated heritage building. The former livery stable now produces some of the region’s best suds, and has released not one but two new creations for the summer season.
Kawartha Sparkling Ale takes inspiration from Australian brewers. The original Australian style was bottle-conditioned and over-carbonated on purpose to provide smooth, crisp beer in the hot Australian weather. Fenelon Falls Brewing Co.’s sparkling ale is very similar, giving a sharper body and lighter colour, great for the docks or the locks of the Kawarthas.
Kawartha Summer Ale is an American-style pale ale, with US and New Zealand hops. Using newer, American-style yeast with many whirlpool hops lends a simple but noticeable hop aroma.
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Celebrate with us on social media. Show your support for local businesses along the Waterway by posting a picture of you enjoying a Taste of the TSW creation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and tagging your experience using:
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.