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…

A trio of Taste of the TSW dishes on an outdoor table, including chicken foccaccia, two tall cans of beer, and a slice of water pie

McGillicafey’s – TrailTown IPA, Lock 18 Lager, and TSW 101 Chicken Focaccia

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 TrailTown IPA or the easy-drinking Lock 18 Lager on your next trip into town!
Even if beer’s not your beverage, you can get in the Trail Town spirit at McGillicafey’s with their TSW 101 Focaccia. Enjoy roasted pulled chicken tossed in maple whisky BBQ sauce and topped with old white cheddar, fresh spinach and McGillicafey’s famous two-bean salsa on grilled rosemary focaccia.
In the mood for dessert? The TSW101 Waterway Sugar Pie is a masterclass in simple, sweet, buttery goodness.

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.
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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.

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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 bag of coffee beans an espresso sit on a wooden table overlooking the Ontonabee River

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’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.

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.

Porch at Burleigh Inn, lined with red chairs and patio tables

Burleigh Falls Inn & Suites – The Burleigh River Raft

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.

Four pickerel plates on a plate outdoors

Wildflower Bakery – Uncle Dan’s Pickerel Cakes

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.

A pair of images, with Rice Lake Original Dry Cider can and glass on the left, and Cranberry Dry Cider can and glass on the right

Rice Lake Hard Cider – Original Dry &  Cranberry Dry

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.

Bigley’s Sweet Treats – Lock 32 Sweet Sundae

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.

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Lock 27 Tap & Grill – Lock 27 Draft & Lock 27 Homemade 7oz Smoked Burgers

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.

A hand holds a mint chocolate chip ice cream cone with sprinkles in front of a purple background

The Purple Door Craft And Christmas Store – Lock 36 Cone

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!

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D’s Island Shack – Lock 13 Jerk Chicken Roti

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.

Square Plates Swingbridge Ruben Burger, cut in half to show smoked meat on top of burger patty and served with potatoes and gherkins

Square Plates Family Restaurant – Swingbridge Reuben Burger

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.

Exterior of the Water Lily in Hastings, Ontario

The Water Lily – Lock 18 Latte

 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.

A hand holds a half a butter tart, showing the gooey consistency of the filling

Doo Doo’s Bakery – Kawarthas Classic Butter Tart

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. 

Jack’s Family Restaurant – Lift Lock Lemonade

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.

Blue cocktail in a martini glass, topped with a skewer of sugar-dusted blueberries

Globus Theatre at the LAB – Taste of the Trent Cocktail

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.

Can of Fenelon Falls Brewing Co. Kawartha Sparkling Ale on a white background

Kawartha Sparkling Ale & Kawartha Summer Ale – Fenelon Falls Brewing Co.

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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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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