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Peterborough Lift Lock

Ashburnham Drive, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
(705) 750-4953
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Ranked #4 of 14 Attractions in Peterborough
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
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Owner 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
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

The highlight of the tour was the hydraulic lift-lock which is a must see/experience. The whole experience was interesting, if a little slow, but the captain's narration kept the group entertained with relevant stories of Peterborough's and the lift-lock's history.

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Belleville, Ontario
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40 reviews 40 reviews
17 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

This would not be a liftlock you would want to use if you are afraid of heights. It is definitely cool to watch the process and the amount of water that flows through the system. Hopefully my next visit will be on a boat passing through instead of just watching from the shore.

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Morgantown
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

The Peterborough Lift Lock Boat cruise was very informative on both the history of the lift locks as well as the lock system in Peterborough. Toured around Little Lake and in and out of the lock system. The narrator gave historic points about the locks, Little Lake and Peterborogh itself. Nice as a family trip on a summers day.

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Peterborough
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

This is a great place to see. The view is beautiful and the history to explore in the visitor's center is fabulous!

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Peterborough, Ontario
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4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Visit the Lift Lock Activity Centre for the fundamentals and history of how the Peterborough Lift Locks was built. Then take a stroll along the canal to watch the boats going up and down. Cross the road and climb the stairs to the top. Wow, what a great view. Enjoy the tunnel on your return trip. Best yet, take a... More

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Barefoot Bay
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43 reviews 43 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

We visited the Lift Locks this past summer and climbed the long staircase to the top. We thought it would be very difficult for anyone with a physical problem but then, once at the top, the attendant told us we could have driven up the driveway that says No Entrance. You can use the driveway if you cannot climb stairs... More

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London, Canada
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270 reviews 270 reviews
54 attraction reviews
157 helpful votes 157 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

This was awesome. Warm fall day, bright red maples line the water way. Picture perfect Make sure watch a lock in operation.

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Cleveland, Ohio
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

*Fabulous to watch in action particularly from the pinnacle vantage point. *It's relatively easy to understand how it works as explained in bilingual signage. *Lock movement is predictable since tourboats come through regularly - just ask the lockkeeper. *Museum at the base gives lessons in area history and geography with a significant message about wildlife conservation.

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Wadebridge, United Kingdom
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4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

We went on the lift lock cruise and I can't recommend it enough. We were welcomed aboard and all the way we were treated to an entertaining and informative talk. The lock itself is of course amazing and to understand and see the technology behind it humbling.

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Montreal, Canada
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37 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

The lift Lock is an amazing invention to see! Just to think that someone came up with this idea is fascinating! I really enjoyed just watching it. I can imagine it must be a fun ride if you are on a boat! Definitely worth the trip!

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