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Cruise the Kawartha

Due to its proximity to the greater Toronto area, the Kawartha Lakes and the Severn River are very busy in the summer with a wide range of boaters. Our Kawartha cruises showcase a greater diversity of engineering including the Peterborough Lift Lock, the Kirkfield Lift Lock and the Big Chute Marine Railway.
In 1920, the Trent-Severn Waterway was opened to thru navigation across central Ontario from Lake Ontario to Georgian Bay. This 386 km stretch of scenic lakes, rivers and locks was created over a period of 87 years in conjunction with the water transport needs of the local lumber industry and the neighbouring communities. Subsequent ongoing development and improvements to the infrastructure since 1920 have resulted in a modern recreational waterway which locks over 120,000 boats per season.

Parks Canada is responsible for the maintenance and operation of the 43 locks and 125 dams controlling the water flows in this 18,600 sq km area. Of the 22 locks we travel through, there are some manually operated “heritage” locks as well as modern hydraulic locks built to service the areas of heavier boat traffic.


Cancellation Refund Plan
Total (CAD) $1,996.00
(for $US pricing please read below)


  • All fares per person double occupancy.
  • Single occupancy 75% over regular fare (except cabin #7 single).
  • Total price shown above includes your room, all meals and snacks aboard ship, luggage handling, bus transportation to depart from or return to cruise parking base, free parking, cancellation refund plan, 13% Harmonized Sales Tax on fare and 8% Retail Sales Tax on cancellation refund plan.
  • First meal served is breakfast on morning following embarkment. Snack will be served on boarding night.

CAD/USD Exchange

  • You are welcome to pay the $200. per person deposit in US funds. It will be converted to Canadian dollars at the current exchange rate and your confirmation will show your remaining balance in Canadian dollars.
  • If you would like to pay your final balance in US funds, you must call our office one week before it is due to obtain the figure.
  • The $US has strengthened significantly in recent months. With the $US exchange rate on November 16, 2015 the current cost of your cruise including tax is $US 1,535. (subject to change according to when your final balance is paid)

DateCruise TypeRouteNights
June 17th - 22nd 2016Kawartha SummerPeterborough to Big Chute5No
* June 22nd - 27th 2016Kawartha SummerBig Chute to Peterborough5No
June 27th - July 2nd 2016Kawartha SummerPeterborough to Big Chute5No
July 2nd - 7th 2016Kawartha SummerBig Chute to Peterborough5No
July 7th - 12th 2016Kawartha SummerPeterborough to Big Chute5No
July 12th - 17th 2016Kawartha SummerBig Chute to Peterborough5No
August 16th - 21st 2016Kawartha SummerPeterborough to Big Chute5No
August 21st - 26th 2016Kawartha SummerBig Chute to Peterborough5No
August 26th - 31st 2016Kawartha SummerPeterborough to Big Chute5No
August 31st - September 5th 2016Kawartha SummerBig Chute to Peterborough5No
October 5th - 10th 2016Kawartha ColourPeterborough to Big Chute5No
October 10th - 15th 2016Kawartha ColourBig Chute to Peterborough5No
* An asterisk beside any cruise date means that cruise is fully booked and a wait list is available. There is no obligation to place your name on any wait list. We usually get a couple of cancelations per cruise.
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Big Chute to Peterborough
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Passengers board our chartered bus by 6:00 p.m. at the Peterborough Holiday Inn. There is free car parking at the Holiday Inn. Bus arrives at Big Chute shortly after 8 p.m. for embarkation on the “Kawartha Voyageur’ which will remain docked for the night at Big Chute.

Day 1 Big Chute to Orillia
After viewing the Big Chute Marine Railway we depart about 9:30 a.m. up the Severn River with its rocky gorges and islands. Our first lock is the highest mitre lock on the system, Swift Rapids. Then through Sparrow Lake, the upper Severn River to the aqua waters of Lake Couchiching, and to Orillia’s lovely downtown waterfront.

Day 2 Orillia to Kirkfield
A morning crossing of beautiful Lake Simcoe places us by noon at the Gamebridge entrance to a series of locks and canals above the level of the adjacent farms. Then on through man-made Canal Lake with its tiny “marble-arch” bridge–a must for photographers as we pass through. We reach our overnight stop at the massive Kirkfield Lift Lock in a tranquil rural setting.

Day 3 Kirkfield to Bobcaygeon
From Kirkfield we journey through several miles of narrow man-made canal to Balsam Lake which is the highest point of the Waterway between Georgian Bay and Lake Ontario. Across Balsam, through Rosedale Lock, and across Cameron Lake we come to Fenelon Falls with its scenic waterfall and rocky gorge. Then on through Sturgeon Lake to Bobcaygeon, the hub of the Kawarthas and a particularly pleasant setting for the night.

Day 4 Bobcaygeon to Lakefield
This day is a progression of beautiful Kawartha Lakes and their joining locks and villages: Pigeon Lake through Gannon Narrows into Buckhorn Lake; Lower Buckhorn Lake into Lovesick Lake with its legend of unrequitted love; Burleigh Falls into Stoney Lake and its thousand islands; Hell’s Gate with its Little Church on the Rock standing guard; then Clear Lake, Young’s Point and finally Lake Katchewanooka to our overnight stop at Lakefield.

Day 5 Lakefield to Peterborough
Our final day is a busy journey down the Otonabee River through a series of seven locks including the great Lift Lock to our base at Peterborough Holiday Inn around 2:00 p.m.


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