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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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new hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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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St. Catharines, Canada
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Great staff and super insight to the canal and surrounding area. Excellent place to stop and watch the boats go by. Learn something new with each visit.

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Roselle Park, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

To watch the science of the locks fill up and the boats pass through was mesmerizing. Fun for the whole family. We were lucky the weather was foggy the night before and were able to see several ships in a short span of time.

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

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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