Otonabee River

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Courtesy of the Trent-Severn Waterway Archives 18-1138

'I love thee, lonely river! Thy hollow restless roar, Thy cedar-girded shore; The rocky isle that sever The waves that round them pour.' -- excerpt from 'The Otonabee' by Susanna Moodie Built between 1895 and 1904, the Peterborough-Lakefield Division of the Trent-Severn Waterway tamed the river's 'flashing waters' through a series of dams to flood out the rapids and locks to bypass the dams. R.B. Rogers, superintending engineer and a Peterborough native, designed the system which included the first use of concrete in lock construction in Canada and the highest hydraulic lift lock in the world. These engineering innovations added to the natural beauty of the river, make this one of the most scenic parts of the Waterway for both boaters and land based visitors.

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GPS Coordinates: 44.352097000, -78.292623000