Exploring Georgian Bay and The Trent-Severn Waterway; two of Central Ontario’s
premier boating destinations
Story & Photos by: Virgil Knapp
This was the other iconic central Ontario waterway we spent time on as part of our
trip. Made up of 386 km of interconnected lakes and rivers, this historical body
of water gives boater’s the opportunity to travel from Georgian Bay to Lake
Ontario, thanks to numerous locks and boat lifts. With
the most well known being the engineering marvel known as the Big Chute Marine Railway,
built in the early 1900’s, this giant travelling carriage on rails lowers
partially into the water and picks up boats, securing
them with a series of straps. Once loaded on the platform it travels back up the
rails depositing the boat gently back into the water.
To better understand this process, check out this video.
In addition to The Trent Severn Waterway’s nautical standouts, it’s
home to some of the regions spectacular accommodations and eateries with
Rawley Resort being at the forefront. Located in picturesque Port Severn,
Rawley’s amenities include; a marina, spa, top-notch restaurant and
Rawley’s is a nice stop over for boaters offering exceptional lunch
and dinner menus with various artists performing live shows throughout the year.
They often have Dinner specials and overnight packages for transients that want
to take a night off from bunking on their boat.
Another ‘gem’ visited during our travels was the historical
Severn Lodge. Located just 150 km north of Toronto, Severn boasts the unique
title of being one of the few traditional historic Muskoka resorts left today. A
wide array of customers can be found here during the lazy months of summer including
families, leisure boaters or business travelers alike. A notable highlight of this
stop was the exceptional food, breakfast was served buffet style in what they call
the heritage room. Located just steps from the waterfront, this rustic dining room
takes you back to the simpler times of a century ago, complete with an authentic
log beamed ceiling.
As a cottage country ‘newbie’, it was an eye opening experience to spend
some time on the waters of Georgian Bay and The Trent-Severn. Growing up as a child,
I had all the necessities one needs but never really experienced much of this lifestyle.
After spending a few days here, I realized you don’t have to be a millionaire
to experience the region. A wide array of amenities awaits you and attractions that
suit all budgets. I would highly recommend anyone reading this to book some vacation
time, check out the links I included and get out here to experience it for yourself!
When planning your next boating adventure be sure to check out
Trent-Severn Waterway Photo Gallery