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About the TSW

Running 386 kilometres along Central Ontario, the Trent Severn Waterway (TSW/the Waterway) is a vital passage through our province, connecting Lake Ontario and Lake Huron through a series of locks and canals. Open for navigation from May to October, the TSW begins at Trenton and runs west through the Trent River, the Otonabee River, the Kawartha Lakes, Lake Simcoe, Lake Couchiching and the Severn River, finally ending at Port Severn.

With 15 swing bridges and 44 locks, the Trent Severn Waterway is a National Historic Site of Canada. Originally built to carry commercial shipping, the Waterway is a major centre of tourism and recreational boating for visitors and residents of southern Ontario. The Trent is also a source of hydroelectric energy and is a crucial community water source.

The Trent Severn Waterway is a tremendous regional resource that is being underutilized. Our goal is to work with all levels of government to develop a road map that will address the short term issues affecting the TSW, as well as putting the Waterway on a stable footing to allow the region to benefit for years to come.

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