Trent Severn Antique and Classic Boat Association

Our Mission is to promote the preservation and use of Antique and Classic Watercraft by providing our members with information & guidance through workshops, boating events, and social gatherings.

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Trent Severn Antique & Classic Boat Association
Our History

The Trent Severn Antique & Classic Boat Association was formed in Peterborough, Ontario in 1984, after a number of local antique boat enthusiasts held shows in the reach below the Peterborough Lift Lock with the encouragement of Parks Canada. An official club was formed and membership grew to approximately 60 by the late 1980s. Year-round events were held including larger shows on Little Lake, Peterborough. The club also hosted the original Heritage Canoe Festival in February each year in conjunction with the Canadian Canoe Museum also located in Peterborough.

Antique Boats During the 1990s the club became dormant disappointing many that were in awe of the fine watercraft located in the area. Fortunately some of the original founding members retained their enthusiasm keeping the club afloat. With hard work and determination, the Association flourished and now has a membership of approximately 170 in Canada and the United States with a collective ownership of over 400 boats.

Antique Boats With renewed interest in antique / classic boats, the Association holds regular meetings and many events throughout the year. Events include workshops to promote the sharing of information, runs in waters throughout Southern Ontario, and shows that share the rich marine history that our boats and motors represent.

In recent years the club has evolved from a “Wooden” boat club to a true Antique and Classic Boat Association embracing vintage aluminum and fibreglass classic boats as well.

Classification of aAntique and Classic Vessels

    Historic: A boat built up to and including 1918
    Antique: A boat built between 1919 and 1942 inclusive
    Classic: A boat built between 1943 and 1975 inclusive.
    These age classifications apply to both boats and motors
    NEW: Late Classic 1975-1990, 25 years prior to the current year. This is for wood and non wood boats but only certain hulls and does not include pontoons, inflatables and personal watercraft.
    Early Contemporary: A wooden boat built 1976 to 1986
    Late Contemporary: A wooden boat built within the last 25 years

    Visit our events page to see what the Association has planned.

    Visit our membership page for more information on becoming a member.

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