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Trent-Severn Waterway

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 up-scale accommodations. 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 GoRide Ontario.

  1. This is the view that greets you when docking at The Severn Lodge
    Severn Lodge View
  2. Rawley Resort epitomizes luxury
    Rawley Resort
  3. Boater Assist Canada offers a piece of mind when out on the water
    Boater Assist Canada
  4. You don’t have to have a 52’ SeaRay to experience The Trent,
    but it doesn’t hurt!
    52 SeaRay
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