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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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Toronto, ON
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

We visited with two grandchildren and watched a very large tanker going through the locks - we have visited this facility a number of times and each time we enjoyed it

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Rowlett, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

My mom, boys, and I stopped here on our way from Toronto to Niagra Falls. We spent about three hours watching a tall ship and freighters in the lock and time in the museum. The museum and viewing platform are free with donations welcomed. This was my favorite attraction on our multi-day Ontario trip. Definitely find time to come here,... More

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New Haven, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

There is so much to see and learn inside and out. And it's free, with donations requested. We spent 3 hours here, much if it on the viewing stands watching how the locks work to move large cargo ships in and out. Much history inside too, including info on the War of 1812.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Truly a technological marvel - well worth the trip from anywhere in the Niagara Region - go to the Lock 3 center for excellent viewing - ship traffic schedules are posted - we went twice and on both occasions had virtually no wait to see ships passing through the canal

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New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

We spent two hours here exploring the museum w/ 5 and 8 yr old. We then went to watch a ship in the lock. Very neat to see the shop raised up as they raised the water level. Wanted to go back and spend more time at the exhibits but had other things planned for the day. Allow at least... More

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Uniondale, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Very interesting watching the ship being lowered. However, museum small, not too interesting, kids kind of bored. Nice place to sit in the sun and relax.

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London, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Always interested in history of communities and the Welland Canal was also very important to the province. We first watched a large lake boat come into the canal and exit. The wonder is that once it is in the lock, it took only 15 minutes to fill it. At lock 3 there is a nice viewing platform so you can... More

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

I am an Australian visiting Ontario and l was looking for 'local history'. I went to St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre. What an amazing find. Outside was an ocean going Japanese ship going up the lock into Lake Ontario to collect wheat. In side the museum there was an in-depth explanation of the lock, it's history and so... More

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McMurray
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

If you only go to one place on the Welland Canal system, it should be to St. Catharines at Lock 3 just outside of Niagara Falls Ontario. It is a short drive from the falls and has a viewing platform that gives you a fantastic view of ships entering and leaving the canal. If you arrive in between ships, you... More

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Bethel, ME
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

If you are interested in how ships make it around Niagara Falls, this is the place to go! Interesting exhibits explain the history of the Welland Canal and how it has changed over the years. Great view of Lock 3 and ships entering it. When we were here, there was an exhibit about the soap box derby and its history... More

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