Port Severn top of the Trent-Severn Waterway
Port Severn has accommodations and marine services situated along the scenic Trent-Severn Waterway, which connects Georgian Bay to Lake Ontario. This area is most diverse since it is the transition zone between the St. Lawrence Lowlands and the southern edge of the Canadian Shield. Off road trails provide invigorating walking, cycling or skiing through naturalized corridors free of traffic, such as the Rotary Waterfront Trail and the Tay Shore Trail between Midland and Waubaushene. Port Severn Park has a picnic gazebo and playground located on Minten’s Lane. The School House Trail begins off Honey Harbour Road just west of Highway 400 exit on Violet Drive. This packed surface trail crosses 4 km of rugged, Georgian Bay Islands Biosphere Reserve landscape and includes interpretive signage about the historic school house. Matchedash Bay Provincial Wildlife Area is located north of Coldwater between Upper Big Chute Road 17 and Quarry Road. It features a rail trail, three hiking trails with historical features, dikes, a viewing tower, forests, wetlands and granite outcrops that comprise a significant refuge for birds and other wildlife.
The Bressette Homestead Museum & Lockmaster's House is located at the Muskoka Information Centre on Lone Pine Road with public washrooms and a picnic area.
Big Chute is located on the Trent-Severn Waterway via White’s Falls Rd 34 or Big Chute Rd 17 from Coldwater. This idyllic spot beside the Severn River is one of the world's most spectacular routes by water or highway. Most of the 45 locks operate by raising and lowering water levels, but Big Chute Marine Railway employs a carriage that transports boats from one body of water to another. This is the only lift of its kind in North America. Visitors can enjoy a picnic area and trails beside the water chute. Nearby White’s Falls is a popular swimming spot where bathers can cool off in the cascades and bask on the smooth, warm granite slopes beside the falls.
During the autumn colour display, the Serendipity Princess, a triple-decked paddle wheel ship offers scenic cruises from Port Severn to Big Chute.