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Peterborough Lift Lock

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Address: Ashburnham Drive, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
Phone Number: (705) 750-4953
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Description: Opened in 1904 and designated as a Canadian National Historic Site, this...
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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Amazing structure!

I find it truly amazing that such a structure could have been built in that era. Its fastening how boats can can be lowered or raised such a long distance

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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Peterborough, Canada
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Peterborough, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

I find it truly amazing that such a structure could have been built in that era. Its fastening how boats can can be lowered or raised such a long distance

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Berlin, Germany
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62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

This lift lock is considered the biggest of its kind, a hydraulic lift for ships. A giant piston lifts ships more than 19 meters. It is an amazing display watching such an event. There is a lift for a height of 50 m in Germany. But it does not function on the same principle.

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Corbeil, Canada
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

The hydraulic dual lift locks in Peterborough were, for many years, the highest hydraulic lifts world wide lifting ships 65 feet or 19.8 metres. One is impressed with the grand scale of these working locks and impressed to watch how smoothly ships are lowered or raised. The construction began in 1896 and was opened to the public in 1904. A... More 

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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

To be fair, the area is a nice park like setting. The water is pretty and I guess the lift lock is interesting, but it is just a piece of waterway infrastructure. I'm not really sure why this is listed as a destination or attraction, for it really is an experience that one can absorb in a few minutes and... More 

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Peterborough, Canada
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

if you visit peterborough Ontario you have to visit the lift locks. You do not see this kind of site anywhere in the world. If you get a chance to ride it on a boat it is cool.

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Peterborough, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Yep. Peterborough - home of the world's largest lift lock. That's pretty cool. Other than it's impressive size, it isn't that much to look at. Just a bunch of cement. Maybe it could be painted to jazz it up a little. I suppose the experience becomes more fun when you take one of the riverboat cruises over the lift lock... More 

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Oro Valley, Arizona, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Relaxing river cruise, plus the opportunity to pass through 2 different types of locks. Pleasant and humorous crew. Fun for the family and couples.

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Peterborough, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Watching boats going through the locks is pretty amazing! Well worth the visit! Located in a picturesque part of the city with lots of green space and scenery.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

Very fascinating to observe how it works. Amazing detail put into the design to make it work effectively to pass boats through smoothly. Well worth a tour and can get exercise at the same time going from top to bottom.

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Peterborough, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

A very pleasant park setting with picnic tables with views of the boat coming through the locks. Good parking available.

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