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Kingston to Drummond

Great Loop Segment: Canada

Loopers cruising the Canadian portion of the Great Loop will have taken one of three routes to arrive at Kingston (or possibly direct to Trenton):
  • The Erie Canal to the Oswego Canal to Lake Ontario
  • The Erie Canal to Lake Erie to the Welland Canal to Lake Ontario
  • Lake Champlain to the Chambly Canal to the Richelieu River to the St. Lawrence River to Lake Ontario

The Canadian portion of the Great Loop will take you across Lake Ontario to Kingston (or for a more open-water transit, directly to Trenton).  You’ll cruise the Trent-Severn Waterway, a linear, national historic site, for 240 miles. The Trent-Severn includes 44 locks, some of which are very unique and historic.  The Trent-Severn Waterway has a controlled depth of 6 feet and a maximum air draft of 22 feet, but if you draw more than 5 feet, signing a waiver will be required before you enter the Trent-Severn. 

At the west end of the Trent-Severn, you will enter Georgian Bay and the “Thirty Thousand Islands” area. The waters here are crystal clear with 10’ visibility and plenty of secluded anchorages. After cruising Georgian Bay and the North Channel of Lake Huron, you will re-enter the United States, often at Drummond Island, Michigan.

For Loopers who choose the Erie Canal route that goes through the Welland Canal, they can contact Dave and Kathie Cronier.  These members live near the Welland Canal and are happy to offer information on this area as well as serve as crew while transiting the Canal, as this is not the route most Loopers take.

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Route Planning Georgina Bay and the North Channel
Canadian Currency Exchange
Canada Parks Pass
Trent Severn 
Trent Severn Canadian Customs Check-In 
Trent Severn Use Permit 
Trent Severn 2019 
Trent Severn Big Chute to Midland 
Getting Space on the TWS Wall 
Where to Stay in Picton? 
Marina in Trenton Ontario 
Campbellford--Antonia's Bistro 
Peterborough Suggestions for Foodies
FYI Peterborough Lift Lock 
Fenelon Falls Ontario
Fenelon Falls Harbor Hosts
Approach to Port of Orillia from TSW
Surveyor in Midland Ontario 
After Trent Severn Midland ON 
Butter Tart Festival Midland ON 
Bay Port Yachting Centre Midland ON 
Parry Sound 
Favorite Stops in the North Channel 
Cruising the Trent Severn and Georgian Bay
Fuel Prices on TSW, Georgian Bay, and North Channel 
Georgian Bay Overview 
Route Planning Georgian Bay and North Channel 
List of Lat/Long of rings to tie to in the Georgian Bay
US Customs After North Channel 
Decatur Village, Drummond Island 
Georgian Bay Small Boat Route
Gill Net hazard
Tarts in Kingston
Mailing Address near Kingston
Power systems
Transmission Work
North of Lock 14
Trent Severn Stops
Georgian Bay Small Boat Route
Port Severn to Lake Eerie
Georgian Bay
Parry Sound Bridge
Northern Eastern Georgian Bay Open
CPB Roam - Canada
Entering U.S. from Canada
Towboat US and/or SeaTow for North Channel/Lake Michigan/River?
Trent Severn/Georgian Bay Pump Out Facilities
Navigation software for Trent-Severn Waterway
Rental cars on the Trent Severn
Canadian currency
Diesel on the Trent Severn Waterway
Trent Port Marina (Gateway to the Trent Severn Waterway)
Where to stay in Kingston, Ontario
Trent Severn Waterway Big Chute Railway
What do you use for Canadian Weather?
Georgian Bay
Passage in to Canada & Prinyer’s Cove Marina
Prinyer Cove Marina & Picton Harbor Inn, Picton, Ontario
Picton Harbor Inn Marina 613 476.-7438 Continued from previous post
Paper charts for St. Lawrence S/W to Quebec
North Channel and Georgian Bay Planning
Seeking Recommendations for Bottom Painting and Cutlass Bearing Replacement on Trent/Georgian Bay
US Cruising Permit
Georgian Bay - Electronic Charting
Electronics work recommendation Kingston Ontario
Being in Canadian Waters and anchoring
Bringing alcohol into Canada Question
USA mailing address close to Kingston ON
Canadian lockage and mooring permits
Le faivre fuel dock
heated storage canada and great lakes
Starting from Tobermory in early Oct

Best places to check into Canada

Wireless data in Canada

Canada customs exit point?

Best place to enter Canada

Canada charts with Polar Navy

T-Mobile in Canada

Clearing customs in the US

Holy cow! The navaids in Canada are tiny!!

Portable Toilet on Boat – Legal?

Cell phone providers

Flag etiquette

Verizon in Canada

Q Flag use & requirement

Canadian Butter Tarts

Erie vs. Montreal, Ottawa and Rideau

Trent Severn – Notice to Mariners?

Boat Insurance for Canadians

Where is everyone

Bobcaygeon home of Kawartha Diary

Passing along info on great boat mechanic in Trent

A Word from our Sponsors

Must stops along Trent Severn?

Cruise Trent-Severn Waterway for free

Video descending down 49 foot Trent Severn lift lock

North Channel/Georgian Bay

Big Chute crossing on the Trent-Severn Waterway

Recommendation of Diesel Mechanic

The perils of stabilizers on the Trent Severn Waterway

Queen’s Cove Marina, Victoria Harbour, Ontario

Rideau Depth?

Air clearances in Richelieu and Champlain Canals

Power Cats on the Loop

POD Drives

Butter tarts, Chelsea Buns and Cinnamon buns in OR

Cruising east side of Georgian Bay

Living on the Hook (Anchoring) Instead of Docking

Killarney Mt. Lodge Georgian Bay

Great fuel stop Byng Inlet Georgian Bay

Adding Nova Scotia to the Great Loop

Three thumbs up for Wright’s Marina!

North Channel & Georgian Weather Info.

AAA on the Great Loop

Erie Canal Closure

Kingston to Gananoque

Kingston to Trenton via Bay of Quinte

Little Current, Ontario swing bridge limited opening

Romantic Dinner on Erie Canal?

Mechanic in Gore Bay (ON)

Trent Severn 2017 results

Recommended stops between little current and Drummond island

Lake Champlaign-Lake Ontario MSD rules

Erie Canal

Dipping a frog toe in Lake Superior

Internet data sim/Canada SIM chip for iPhone

Canada 2017
Canada 2017 2
Parks Canada Free 2017
Canada Sesquicentennial 2017
Canadian Lockage and Mooring Permit
Looking for Canadians with US Registered/Documentation
U.S. Cruising License for Canadian Vessels
Canadian Vessels in US Waters – Permits and Licenses?
Canadian or US Boater Safety Course Required
Canadian Planning the Loop
Canadians Doing the Loop?
Canada Bound
US Customs
US Customs Decal
Re Entry ports into the US from Georgian Bay with ...
Best Places to Check Into Canada
Plants Onboard When Entering Canada
Verizon/cell-internet in Canada?
Verizon Cell Plan Includes Canada
Georgian Bay Cellular Data
Should We Get Travel Insurance for Canada
The Cuisine of Canada
Canadian Club?
Canadian Paper Charts
Paper Charts in Canada
Canadian Charts
Canadian Digital Electronic Charts for Lake Ontari...
Rivers and Canals Status (Canada and US)
Time Frame to Cruise NYC to Chicago This Summer
Great Lakes or Canada
Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway
Canadian Heritage Canals or Great Lakes Route?
Ottawa River/Rideau Canal and the Trent-Severn
Richelieu Canal
Champlain Canal
NY Champlain Canals
Lake Champlain
Lake Champlain, Canadian Canals and St. Lawrence
New York to Montreal to Ottawa then on to Kingston
Triangle Loop, Lake Champlain, Montreal, Ottawa and .
The Triangle Loop
Little Triangle Loop
The Northern Loop
Marina at Kingston Area
Quebec City
St. Lawrence River West of Quebec City
Cruising the St. Lawrence
Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River
Montreal 2016
Montreal Marina Recommendations
Cape Vincent to Montreal
TSW Height Restrictions
TSW Bridge Clearance
Trent Severn Depth

2017 Mooring Costs for Trent Severn

Trent Severn Mooring Pass Advice

Trent Severn Warning
TSW Canal lake Warning
Trent Severn Canals
Trent Severn
Trent Severn Waterway

Trent Port Marina (formerly Fraser)

Fwd: Trent Severn Status and Details 2017

Trent Severn Canal Pass

Free Docking - Lock 34, Trent Severn Waterway

Trent Severn Lake Simcoe Lagoon City

Canada The Trent Severn Waterway and Lake Simcoe i...

Weeds in Bay of Quinte

Peterborough Welcomes The Class of 2016 Looper's

Peterborough Ontario


2017 Loopers please look at Orillia Ontario's new...

Mast Stepping in Georgian Bay

Georgian Bay Marina

Georgian Bay and the North Channel

North Channel Questions

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Sample Itinerary
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All Loopers have their own cruising style and preferences on miles to travel per day, cruising speed, number of nights per week in a marina, etc. This Canada itinerary, based on a preferred distance of 50 miles per day, was developed to give you an idea of the types of places and things you will see during your Great Loop adventure.
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