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

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 26, 2015
Cathy W
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Edmonton, Canada
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Edmonton, Canada
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55 reviews 55 reviews
30 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

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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36 reviews 36 reviews
14 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
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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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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Lakefield
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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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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7 reviews 7 reviews
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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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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 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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