The Big Chute Marine Railway is a short distance from Coldwater, Ontario and is a ship lift at Lock 44 of the Trent-Severn Waterway. In 1914, the original plans were to build 3 locks to join the Severn River to Georgian Bay at Port Severn, Big Chute and Swift Rapids.
By 1917, the original Big Chute Marine Railway was completed but could only accommodate boats up to 35 feet in length and in 1919 the Swift Rapids section of the marine railway was finished. In 1923, the original railway at Big Chute was replaced with boats up to 60 feet being able to use it. By the end of the 1960's, boat traffic had increased and the old marine railway could not keep up and in 1976, it was passed that a new and larger railway be constructed beginning in 1977.... continue below the picture...
The new section of the marine railway was opened to the public in 1978 and boats up to 100 feet could be carried. The Big Chute in Southern Georgian Bay in Ontario, Canada is an original which has a unique engineering design and can easily carry these boats over the land barrier at Big Chute.
The Marine Railway was built to help stop the possibility of the migration of the sea lamprey and the Zebra mussels from Georgian Bay into the Trent-Severn system. The Big Chute Marine Railway has become a popular tourist attraction where visitors can also enjoy the picnic areas and the camping sections for boaters.
New Marine Railway (built in 1977) at Lock 44, Big Chute Marine Railway, Big Chute along the Trent-Severn Waterway a National Historic Site, Ontario, Canada.