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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
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Québec
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

the facility is beautiful..the technology behind this lock is mind boggling..you gotta see this if you visit

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Baldock, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Having been to the Anderton lift in the UK many years ago I found it very interesting to see this newer and larger version. They have a small museum and interestingly the engineer had visited the UK, France and Belgium to get the idea Worth a visit if in the area

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Beijing
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28 reviews 28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

This is the highest lift lock in the world and only one of two in North America. It is very interesting to see it and watch it in operation, if you like that kind of thing. Take a boat tour and go through the lock to add to the experience. We did and enjoyed it but didn't end up having... More

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Toronto, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Love the place for a relaxing weekend. Great view of the lake and lots of fun activities for the family. Peterborough as a whole has lots of things to offer and I love going back again and again to relax and enjoy.

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Peterborough, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This masterpiece of engineering was built in 1904. It is operational from May 24th to Sept. This would be the best time to see it as one side will ascend as the other will descend. There is a cruise boat from Little Lake which allows you to go through the lock. Nearby is an excellent museum which depicts the lock's... More

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Hastings, Canada
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

The Captain and his staff need to take a course on customer service. If his staff can't answer customers questions and concerns they should not answer the phone. After trying to ask questions about booking a reservation a month in advance and questioned their full payment policy for a group at time of booking, I was told to take a... More

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Timmins, Canada
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43 reviews 43 reviews
16 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 via mobile

This historical site is worth the visit. It has several interesting stories to go along with the age of the lift lock. Taking a riverboat tour is worth the 2 hours and the $22. Everyone should see how this mechanism works because it is phenomenal.

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3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

The inside exhibits are free and informative without being overwhelming while the actual lock speaks for itself. An engineering feat over 100 years old!

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Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

I thoroughly enjoyed taking this historic tour, very informative and the captains are very witty also. It is very interesting and worth taking the tour

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Sudbury Ontario
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35 reviews 35 reviews
6 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

We really enjoyed all the information the lovely French speaking girl gave us. We learned so much. We were clueless about locks and this gave us the drive to visit as many as we could find while on visit in this corner of our province.

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