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Cruising the Beautiful Trent Severn Waterway

Looking for a serene inland cruising experience? ... Or a shortcut from the upper lakes to Lake Ontario? The Trent Severn may be for you!

Explore the "Ups" and "Downs" of the amazing Canadian Trent Severn Waterway's 45-lock system. If you have a boat with a draft, preferable. of 5 feet (1.5 meters) or less, you qualify for a unique experience! This waterway traverses Ontario from southern Lake Huron to mid Lake Ontario and goes up to 840 feet (256 meters) above sea level in its interior, the highest navigable ocean access water in North America. The Trent-Severn can be a shortcut route, if heading out toward the ocean, or returning for Lake Huron, Michigan or Superior. It bypasses Lake Erie and the Welland Canal saving hundreds of miles. The Trent Severn can also be a destination with a charm of its own. Lock 21 at Peterborough is the famous 65 feet (19.8 meters) hydraulic lock - you ride in 1 of 2 "bath tubs" towering over the landscape. And lock 44 is a marine railway called Big Chute where you ride a train-like flatcar, out of the water, over the hill and back into the water. Get the details for a boating experience not found anywhere else in the world.

Recording of CG00602-i: Cruising the Beautiful Trent Severn Waterway
Recorded: Tuesday, January 30, 2024
Instructor: Eric Sunstrum, Charlie Ellins

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Meet The Instructor

Eric Sunstrum
Eric Sunstrum and his wife Cynthia make their home near Ottawa, Ontario, and have enjoyed over 20 years sailing in the Thousand Islands and Bay of Quinte. Active members of the GLCC, they most recently coordinated the 2019 GLCC Lake Ontario Rally and the 2019 Georgian Bay Rally. They keep their Catalina 28 sailboat named Northern Whisper at the Trident Yacht Club in the Thousand Islands.
Charlie Ellins
Charlie Ellins lives on the Trent-Severn Waterway on Lake Couchiching near Orillia, Ontario. He has spent his summers on the Waterway since the 1950's. Charlie enjoys cruising the Trent Severn Waterway aboard his Sea Ray 34 named "Lady Lou"