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St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre at Lock 3

1932 Welland Canals Parkway, St. Catharines, Ontario L2R 7K6, Canada
(905) 984-8880
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
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Type: Museums
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

We could have spent hours here. Seeing a big ship going through the lock was incredible. The history of the making of the canal provided insight into how the area developed. On the down side it rained the day we visited the lock and Museum.

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St. Catharines, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

My husband and I just moved to the area, and were pleasantly surprised to find out we are walking distance from Lock 3. This a must visit to see the boats go through the canal. They have a nice museum, and an area to have a picnic.

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Victoria, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Very nice museum and gift shop, very good viewing area for the locks, easy to find, nice place for families with children.

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Indio, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Museum well laid out and informative. Great parking and also good place to enter the bike trail passing by. The viewing center platform gave perfect spot to watch ships transverse to canal. They display the schedule of ships inside the building. Don't fail to go.

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

We were too late for the museum, but had the opportunity to watch a big laker travelling up the canal, enter a lock and then rise up from below us to tower over us. Literally an awesome experience.

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North Tonawanda, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

Alas! We reached the museum 10 minutes before closing. I still managed to get a gander at the exhibits and plan on returning to take my time. I found some of the accompanying descriptions to be much more interesting than in some other museums I have visited. Not only are there exhibits about St. Catharines and the Welland Canal, there... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

If you want to learn the history of the canal and experience a boat go thru a lock--stop here. So much history-wonderful pictures and displays. Just wait and a huge ship will use the lock.

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Geneva, OH, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

This lock is the best one for a view, you literally stand right beside the lock (safely in a fenced elevated walk area which is handicapped accessible through the museum by elevator) You actually get to watch the whole process of the ship entering the lock, the doors closing and the water level adjusting for the ship too proceed either... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

This was a great site to see. We saw two large cargo ships (over 600 foot long) go through the lock (one upstream, one down). The first was a ship from Poland picking up a load of coal.We then had to retreat to the viewing area inside because of rain to watch the second ship. The museum was very nice... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Seems to be fairly new but still interesting. There was history, education, information and the cost was reasonable as it was a donation. Did not know it was there until we were in the area and it was a worthwhile visit.

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