Welcome to the Township of Severn. Located just 90 minutes north of the Greater Toronto Area and easily accessed from major highways 400, 11 and 12, Severn is nestled in the northern corner of Simcoe County and is considered the gateway to the Canadian Shield. Our community offers natural beauty and historic charm making residents proud to call Severn home.

View our community calendar and find out about local festivals and events.

Land acknowledgment

A land acknowledgment is a formal statement that recognizes the relationship between Indigenous peoples and their traditional territories. At the Township of Severn, we recognize the following land acknowledgment:

"We would like to begin by acknowledging that the land on which we gather, and which the Township of Severn operates, is part of the traditional territory of the Anishinaabeg. For thousands of years, Indigenous peoples have been inhabiting and caring for this land. In particular, we acknowledge the territory of the Ojibway (or Chippewas) peoples. This territory is covered by Lake Simcoe Treaty 16 and the J. Collins land purchase.

We are grateful to have the opportunity to work on this land, and by doing so, give our respect to its first inhabitants."

Explore the outdoors

Get out and explore Severn. There are so many things to do! From canoeing and cycling to hiking, skating, sports and a variety of recreational programs, there's something for everyone.

Municipal government

Township of Severn is governed by the Mayor and Council, along with a variety of committees and boards. Review our municipal plans, reports and studies to learn how we're planning for the future.

Communities of Severn

Severn is comprised of a variety of small, charming rural communities, including Coldwater, Fesserton, Marchmont, Port Severn, Washago and Westshore.


Coldwater is nestled among a scenic rural landscape, has two museums and an historic downtown with eclectic shops and cafes. This is the perfect place to stop and rest while cycling through Severn.


Washago is located on Lake Couchiching and is an outdoor playground for both residents and visitors. Try paddling, take a dip in the lake or relax in our waterfront park. During the summer months, this quiet community bustles with activity as visitors come to explore the outdoors.