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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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ride the worlds highest hydraulic lift lock

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

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 19, 2015
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Oro Valley, Arizona, United States
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Oro Valley, Arizona, United States
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7 reviews 7 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
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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Peterborough
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
152 helpful votes 152 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

You can picnic on the banks and watch boats come and go as they use the lift lock to navigate the canal and overcome the height difference. Good history told in the "centre", as well as being close to the Peterborough Museum. Great skating place in the winter.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

It was very surprising how much more information and beauty there was then we realized. We were new to the area ourselves so when our granddaughter came to visit we all did the tour of the canal. the highlight was the lift lock and hearing the history.

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

It was very cold but we still enjoyed it. Unfortunately due to the time of year there were no boats.

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Belleville, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

The Peterborough Lift Lock is a beautiful site with a fascinating history. Even if you are not passing through in a boat, you can take pictures or go to the Visitor's Centre (if it is open). If you climb to the top of the Lift Lock, you will get a great view of the surrounding area. I have visited in... More 

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Keene, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Took the trip up over the locks and was amazed at the ingenuity of its construction. While I did not take the private cruise with supper it was a worthwhile and interesting visit

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North Bay
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

Welcome to the largest lift lock in the world! Boaters on the Trent Canal system enjoy this lock. There is a museum beside it and several boat cruises which include ascending the lift lock. Peterborough is a great city with lots of eateries!

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