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Peterborough Lift Lock

Ashburnham Drive, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
(705) 750-4953
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Ranked #3 of 14 Attractions in Peterborough
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
Owner description: Opened in 1904 and designated as a Canadian National Historic Site, this is the highest hydraulic...
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Type: Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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North Bay
2 reviews
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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Lakefield
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3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

The lift lock cruise was part of our outing for my husbands 50th. What an amazing time. We actually rented one of the cruise boats for this private function. The package I chose also included food. The meal was from local Greek restaurant as there was plenty of it! No scrimping ! The day was beautiful and the staff and... More 

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Peterborough
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6 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

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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18 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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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 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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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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56 attraction reviews
171 helpful votes 171 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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