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Peterborough Lift Lock

Ashburnham Drive, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
(705) 750-4953
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Ranked #4 of 29 attractions in Peterborough
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Historic Sites
Description: Opened in 1904 and designated as a Canadian National Historic Site, this is the highest hydraulic lift lock in the world.
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Peterborough, Canada
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Peterborough has the oldest Lift lock on the Trent Severn River system. A breath taking experience as boats are kept in a side well while the water builds up in the other side well allowing boats to pass from one part of the System to the other. A must see when in Peterborough.

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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

The Peterborough Lift Lock is THE OLDEST Lift lock in the WORLD. It is also one of Peterborough's most visited tourist attraction. It's a very interesting place to watch the lift lock bring water vessels up and down to transport them on their way through the river. It's also very scenic and has plenty of picnic tables along the river... More

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Canada
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54 reviews 54 reviews
14 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW via mobile

This is a nice way to spend an afternoon. Went with my kis's school so it wasn't too relaxing or exciting. Kids liked it to be outside .& get a bit of history. I liked it because it was not fast paced. People need to slow down and enjoy time together and this offers some interest, nature and fresh air... More

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Timmins, Canada
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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

This is a fantastic attraction! It's beautiful in the summer time. I noticed this winter that people were skating there, however I don't recommend this, depending on the conditions. Proceed with caution!

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Toronto, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

Man place is so chill, on a nice hot day out to just sit by the water and enjoy the warm breeze. A sandwich and a cold beer wouldn't hurt anybody, but watch for cops that are some of hte worst in the province, putting a damper on your afternoon.

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Brasilia, DF
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

The Lift-Lock is pretty impressive by itself. But there is not much to see, however you can have a nice walk by the canal. At winter time, the canal is a hot-spot for ice skating, ice hockey, and such activities! During the winter and summer time this is a must see Peterborough attraction.

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Lindsay, Canada
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

We were amazed by the shear size of the locks when you consider when they were built. They have been functioning for so long without a major problem. They are worth the time to visit.

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8 reviews 8 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

Horrible experience.the captain spentcthe entire cruise trying to seduce a young woman by taking her to "show her how to drive" the boat.the rest of the time he spent smoking.the same captain years ago spent an entire wedding shower trying to make out with the very intoxicated bride to be. And the man working in the booth was super rude... More

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Queenstown, New Zealand
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

The Lift Lock is beautiful and larger than I expected from the photos. It can get busy in the summer months, but not too bad. Interesting historic site and certainly worth a short visit with family.

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Brampton, Canada
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

Very laid back kind of cruise. The narrative from the captain was quite interesting and very friendly. Take your camera. Took many pictures. Most of them are keepers. Will do again when in the area.

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