A Canadian-issued pleasure craft operator card.
A completed boat rental safety check-list (for power-driven rental boats).
An operator card or equivalent issued by their state or country*.
*NASBLA issued cards are recognized for citizens of the United States.
Children under the age of 12 and not directly supervised by someone 16 years of age or older can operate a recreational vessel with no more than 10 hp (7.5 KW) .
Youth between 12 years of age and under 16 years of age and not directly supervised by someone 16 years of age or older can operate a recreational vessel with no more than 40 hp (30 KW).
Only persons 16 years of age or older can operate a personal watercraft (PWC) regardless of supervision.
These restrictions apply to all operators of pleasure craft in Canadian waters both domestic and foreign.
The vessel has permanent sleeping facilities
The vessel has permanent cooking facilities
The vessel has a permanent toilet
The vessel is anchored or secured alongside a dock
Driving Under the Influence
Boating while impaired is an offence under the Criminal Code of Canada.
Operators with more than 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood are liable to the following fines :
1st offence : at least $600 fine
2nd offence : at least 14 days of imprisonment
3rd offence : at least 90 days of imprisonment
The maximum sentence may vary depending on provincial statutes.
The maximum size of the vessel which can be transported on the carriage is as follows:
Vessel weight - 90 tonnes (99.0 tons)
Length - 30.5 m (99.2')
Beam - 7.3 m (24')
Buildings along waterways may, as part of the permit process from the municipality, require permits from the local Conservation Authority who may control "cut" and "fill" on the lot as well as buildings in the vicinity of the watercourse. Normally this has to do with flood regulations and also to control runoff and siltation (during and after construction) which may effect the watercourse or other properties.
"Works" out in the watercouse such as docks or the construction of a breakwater or dredging of a channel would require permission of "the owner" who is most likely the Crown. In the case of the Trent Severn waterway, this would be where you would go for a "permit". Approval from the Ministry of Natural Resources would probably be required as well. Where the watercourse is not regulated by the Trent Severn, then just the MNR and Conservation Authority would be involved.
So the combination of these various groups would look after things such as navigation or obstructions to it, potential flooding, siltation and runoff, fish and wildlife to name just a few.
I hope this is of assistance to you.
You can purchase the charts at the following locations:
Lock #1 Trenton
Lock #18 Hastings
Lock #36 Kirkfield Lift Lock
Lock # 44 Big Chute Marine Railway
Lock #45 Port Severn
Charts can also be purchased on our site.
2824 River Avenue, Young's Point, ON
LAUDERDALE POINT MARINA & RESORT INC
3500 Lauderdale Point Crescent, Severn Bridge, Ontario.
Located between Locks 42 & 43 on Sparrow Lake.
500 George Street North, Peterborough, ON
52 Coldstream Rd, RR#1, Fenelon Falls, ON
Bridge Port Marina
434 Couchiching Point Road, Orillia, ON
If you have a cellular phone on board your boat, and you require assistance, you may contact the nearest O.P.P Communications Centre by calling *OPP (*677). You may also reach the Rescue Coordination Centre in Trenton by calling 1-800-267-7270.
All Canadian Coast Guard radio stations monitor VHF channel 16 (156.8 MHz) on a twenty-four hour basis. This channel is to be used for distress, emergency and safety calls only. In addition, if you key *16 on your cellular phone, your call will be automatically routed to the closest Coast Guard radio station.
Citizen band radio, channel 9, is also open to emergency calls for assistance.
The distress call, MAYDAY, indicates that the station sending the signal is threatened by grave and imminent danger and requires immediate assistance. The message, PANPAN, means that the sender requires help of an urgent basis.
The season for walleye and pike opens on the second Saturday in May. With a sport fishing license, anglers can keep six in one day; with a conservation license you are only allowed two.
The Muskie season opens the first Saturday in June. With a sport license, you can keep one muskie per day. Minimum length requirement is 91 centimetres or 36 inches. With a conservation license you are not allowed to keep any.
Fishing for large and small mouth bass begins on the last Saturday in June. Those with a sport license can keep up to six per day and anglers with a conservation license are allowed to keep two.
4" - Ice fishing or other activities on foot
5" - Snowmobile or ATV
8" - 12" - Car or small pickup
12" - 15" - Medium truck
Many factors other than thickness can cause ice to be unsafe. White ice or "snow ice" is only about half as strong as new clear ice.
As always, stay away from all moving water and dams.
2. At locks 11/12, 16/17, 20 and 21, boaters must arrive at least 15 minutes before the last lockage times.
3. At swing bridges, the last bridge swing will be 20 minutes after the last lockage time.
In your case this would be 35'(or whatever length is shown on the certificate of registry).
You are okay to take your vessel through the system.
5 Nights - Locks 1 to 18
2 Nights - All other locks, Murray Canal swing bridges and bridge #50
2.4 m (8') Locks 1 - 19
1.8 m (6') Locks 20 - 45
Operational length & width of locks
25.4m (84') L x 7 m (23') W at Lock #45, Port Severn
(narrowest and shortest lock that gives limiting size for through navigation)
Minimum overhead (bridge) clearance
6.7 m (22')
Length of Waterway
386 km (241 miles)
Highest lift (of a lock)
19.8 m (65.4') Peterborough Lift Lock
Speed limit zones
Number of locks
Number of lock stations
Approximate travel time
5 - 7 days (one-way trip through the Waterway)
Seasonal Lockage Permit – Allows passage through any number of locks throughout the entire navigation season.
Six-Day Permit – Allows passage through any number of locks on any six days.
One-Day Permit – Allows passage through any number of locks in one day.
Single Lockage and Return Permit – The fee charged to travel through and then return by the same lock station.
Transit Permit – Allows the boater to travel through the Trent-Severn Waterway in one direction only (a one-time transit where vessels go through each lock station only once).
Lockage, mooring and camping permits are available for sale to boaters at all lock stations and the Headquarters Office in Peterborough. Vessel length is used to calculate lockage and mooring fees. Charges for overnight camping are based on group size, or camping is free with the purchase of a mooring permit.
Mooring and camping space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Possession of a valid mooring permit is necessary to moor a vessel overnight at a lock station or bridge station but does not guarantee a docking space.
Mooring periods vary at different lock stations and bridge stations. Boaters may tie up at locks 1 – 18 for 5 days, but may stay only one night at locks 28, 30, 31, 34, and 42. At all other lock stations, Murray Canal swing bridges and Bridge #50, boaters may stay for 2 nights (48 hrs.).
Blue lines are often used for additional mooring spaces following the day's last lockage. However, boaters must move their vessels off the blue line before the lock opens the next day.
Rafting of vessels is only permitted at lock and bridge stations from the close of navigation for the day to opening the next morning. Boaters on the wall are not required to accept rafting. Rafted vessels are charged the same mooring fee as vessels on the wall.
Vessels having reached the maximum length of stay cannot return to the same wharf or wall for 48 hours, unless directed otherwise by lock staff.
Camping at lock stations is primarily for boaters and is not available to land-based users with tents or self-contained motor vehicles. Cyclists and trail hikers may camp at selected lock stations provided a camping permit is purchased.
Vessels towing a boat (aluminum, fiberglass, rubber dingy or personal watercraft) regardless of size, with or without an engine, will require a lockage permit for the towed craft. A mooring permit for a towed vessel is also a requirement.
Vessels 12ft and under are charged a 12ft minimum rate for all permits.
Payment may be made by cash, by personal cheque with proper identification or with Visa/Mastercard.
Permits are valid only during the year of issue and are not transferable or refundable.
Seasonal lockage, mooring or transit decals must be affixed to the vessel. Other permits must be available for verification or validation by lock staff.
Seasonal overnight mooring permits are also valid for use at St. Lawrence Islands National Park, Georgian Bay Islands National Park and Fathom Five Marine Park (boaters using a campsite must also pay a camping fee).
Except at times and in areas designated by means of a sign or notice, no person shall:
Dive, jump, scuba dive, swim or bathe in a navigation channel or within 40m of a lock gate or a dam in a historic canal.
Check your gas guages traveling between Trenton and Campbellford, Peterborough and Young's Point and coming off of Lake Simcoe after Trent Talbot Marina to Kirkfield and vice-versa.
Fill Up - there are no gas docks between these areas of travel.
The Regulations are being phased in as follows:
All operators born after April 1, 1983 are required to have proof of competency since 1999.
As of September 15, 2002, all operators of craft of less than 4 m (including personal watercraft) will be required to have proof of competency.
As of September 15, 2009, all operators will be required to have proof of competency.
How the Regulations Apply to Non-Residents
The Regulations apply to non-residents:
If they operate their pleasure craft in Canadian waters for more than 45 consecutive days or,
If they operate a pleasure craft that is licensed or registered in Canada (including rented or chartered boats).
The Regulations do not apply to non-residents who operate their pleasure craft in Canadian waters for less than 45 consecutive days. Please note that a proof of residence will be required on board at all times.
- moor the boat securely
- shut down all engines
- ensure all persons not involved in fueling the craft are ashore
- extinguish all open flames, including pilot lights
- do not smoke in the refuelling area
- close all doors, windows, ports and hatches
- fill portable gasoline tanks on shore
- ground the nozzle against the filler pipe
- do not overfill the tank to avoid overflow
- clean up spillage
- operate the ventilation system for four minutes before the ignition is switched on
- check for fuel vapours
- you should re-start the engines before your guests re-board the vessel
It is illegal to have alcohol onboard unless the boat is equipped as a residence with sleeping, cooking and marine toilet facilities.
We all know that driving a car while impaired is illegal and an offense under the Criminal Code. Operating a vessel anywhere in Canada while impaired is also illegal and is an offense under the same provision of the Criminal Code. Convictions, even for a first offence, can result in heavy punishment: Penalties are not less than $600
1st offence: A minimum fine of $600
2nd offence: Imprisonment for not less than 14 days
3rd & each subsequent offence: Imprisonment for not less than 90 days.
- hold lit flares on the downwind side of the boat
- do not point them at anyone
- hold them away from your body
- store in a watertight container in a dry location
- keep them readily accessible
- flares are used only in an emergency
- if a PWC is used for waterskiing or towing it must be one that seats three people
- lifejackets must be worn by waterskiers, not life-belts
- it is an offence to waterski from one hour after sunset to sunrise
- an operator can not tow a person after dark as described in the Criminal Code of Canada
Portable toilets are illegal on Ontario waters.
The owner of a pleasure craft shall ensure that each toilet and the holding tank(s) is/are installed so that;
The toilet and equipment are connected in such a manner that the equipment receives all toilet waste from the toilet.
Equipment designed for the storage of human excrement is provided with a deck fitting and such connecting piping as is necessary for the removal of toilet waste by shore-based pumping equipment.
No means of removal of toilet waste is provided other than the means mentioned above.
All parts of the system for removal of toilet waste are congruent with one another and the boat.
TRENT-SEVERN WATERWAY POLICY
SPEED LIMIT ZONES
The Trent-Severn Waterway (TSW), will only sign and maintain speed limit zones in the main navigation channel. Requests to establish a zone in the main navigation channel or to alter an existing zone maintained by the Waterway must comply with the following approval procedures:
A written submission must be prepared that details why a speed limit zone or alteration to an existing zone is required (i.e. danger to boaters and/or swimmers, damage to private property and structures, area vessel congestion etc.).
The request must provide accurate latitude and longitude boundary coordinates for the proposed or altered zone on an up-to-date navigation chart or photocopy.
An adequate public consultation process must be undertaken. This process must include notification of a public meeting to all affected users including summer residents, within a realistic timeframe and/or sufficient time to attend or respond to such a meeting, or equivalent event. Generally a 60 day window (30 days prior and 30 days for comment) is recommended. The proponent is obliged to take reasonable steps to ensure that anyone likely to be affected by the restriction knows about the possibility of the restriction.
The information prepared in 1, 2 and 3 must then be forwarded to the local municipal Council(s) for its consideration, action and written motion of support for the application.
The information prepared in 1, 2, 3 and 4 must then be forwarded to the Director of Canal Operations at TSW Headquarters in Peterborough.
Area stakeholders potentially affected by the establishment of, or alteration to an existing speed limit zone may be consulted by Waterway staff. This list could include marina operators, sailing clubs or a local power squadron. Should the Trent-Severn Waterway determine that a proposed speed limit zone or an alteration to an existing zone has merit, all enforcement agencies who may be required to patrol the zone will be requested to review the proposal or alteration. There are currently four policing agencies patrolling different sections of the Trent-Severn Waterway:
The Ontario Provincial Police
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Regional Police Forces
Local Municipal Police Forces
Should the appropriate police agency support the proposed speed limit zone or alteration to an existing zone, and are prepared to enforce the law within the zone, the submission will then be forwarded by the Trent-Severn Waterway to the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources for review and processing. The speed zone application is then recommended to the Federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Canadian Coast Guard branch, who provide the legislative authority for speed limit zones. It should be noted that the Ministry of Natural Resources, on behalf of the Province of Ontario, forwards speed limit zone submissions once per year, usually in August. Depending on the workload of the Federal Government, it can take up to two years for a speed zone submission to be enacted into law.
A request to establish a speed limit zone on TSW waters outside of the main navigation channel will be forwarded immediately to the Ministry of Natural Resources for their review.
For further information on Waterway speed limit zones, please contact:
P.O. Box 567
Telephone: (705) 750-4937
Proper use of trim tabs reduce drag, especially while accelerating up to planing speeds.
Minimize the amount of time that you idle at the dock
Minimize the use of onboard generators. Use dock-side electrical power in lieu of generators.
Have a float plan so you know exactly where you’re going.
Make sure the hull is clean.
Don’t under-power your boat. It’s important you have enough motor to handle the load.
Check your propeller. If your boat is slow "out of the hole" or lacks top-end speed, you might have the wrong propeller.
A well-tuned engine uses less fuel. Use the grade of gasoline specified by the engine manufacturer.
Visit DiscoverBoating.com for more helpful tips on reducing fuel usage.
Since you will be going down all the way, the lockmasters can help you. If you are planning on returning, they cannot assist you when you are going up since you would be too far down in the lock.
Lock #1 Trenton
Lock #18 Hastings
Lock #36 Kirkfield Lift Lock
Lock # 44 Big Chute Marine Railway
Lock #45 Port Severn
You will need a pass to go through the locks and you can get them there as well.
From a safety perspective, take a look on our site under Resource Kit and make sure you have everything that you need for a boat your size.
As far as staying at the locks, it is first come first serve. There are washroom facilities at all the locks (no showers unfortunately). You can tent/camp at the locks.
We have accommodations listed under each region along the way.
I recommend you try and determine where you are going to be when. That way you can plan your day to end up at a certain lock where you want to stay.
We hope you will find the Trent-Severn Trip Planner useful.
Please note, however, that in a few places between Lock #19 and Lock #45, navigation channel water depth may be less than 1.8M (6'). THe operator of any vessel drawing 1.5 m (5') or more, who is considering navigating the Waterway should call 1-888-267-8888.
Water depth in a secondary navigation channel from Sturgeon Lake to Port Perry approximates 1.22 m (4'). Water depth in the Murray Canal, under normal conditions, is 2.7 m (9').
Small Craft Warning:
Included in a near shore forecast if winds are forecast to be in the range of 40 to 60 km/hr inclusive or if the possibility of thunderstorms is greater than 50 percent.
Issued if winds are forecast to be in the range of 61 to 87 km/hr inclusive.
Issued if winds are forecast to be in the range of 88 to 117 km/hr inclusive.
Hurricane Force Wind Warning:
Issued if winds are forecast to be 118 km/hr or greater.
It is always a good idea to check the latest marine weather forecast before heading out. All Environment Canada weather offices offer a 24-hour-a-day automated telephone service that provides a tape recording of the most recent forecast information. You can call them at:
Canadian Coast Guard radio stations broadcast marine forecasts, nearshore forecasts, current wind conditions and weather bulletins in a continous cycle on VHF frequencies 161.65 MHz and 161.775 MHz (ch.21B, ch.83B).