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The Big Chute

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Witness this engineering marvel at lock 44 on the Trent-Severn Waterway

The Big Chute Marine Railway is the only one of its kind in North America. This engineered marvel physically lifts the boats out of the water and over a hill on a track system, before launching them back into the water where they can continue their journey.

If you have never witnessed this phenomenon, it is highly recommended that you make the trip at least once. Give the Big Chute a try if you have your own personal boat or are renting one for the weekend.

You will be the envy of your nautical friends!


One of the last stops on the Trent-Severn Waterway before Stunning Georgian Bay

The Trent-Severn Waterway is a feat of human ingenuity, spanning 386km and connecting two great lakes. The waterway features 44 impressive locks along the away, but Lock 44 The Big Chute is unequivocally the MOST impressive!

The Trent-Severn journey from Lake Ontario to Georgian Bay has become a bucket-list for many avid recreation boaters. As a boater, if Georgian Bay is your final destination then you’ve got the right idea!

For more information on the Trent-Severn Waterway, visit their website


Boat up for lunch or dinner

A day spent on the Trent-Severn can really work up an appetite.

Curb your cravings and keep everyone well fed by stopping in at Severn Lodge with the family and friends (reservations are required). If you are looking for a fine dining experience, try Rawley’s Resort next to Lock 45 in Port Severn.

Both served with a spectacular view of the lake, of course!


Visit on land and watch the boats float by

You do not need to have a boat to enjoy the wonder of the Big Chute. Visit the marine railway by land and watch this marvel in action. While there you can sit back and watch the boats float by as they cascade out of the canal into the open water. Pack your own picnic to enjoy on the spacious picnic grounds available to the general public.

Ice cream is also available from the nearby Big Chute Marina, YUM!


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