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St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre at Lock 3

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Address: 1932 Welland Canals Parkway, St. Catharines, Ontario L2R 7K6, Canada
Phone Number: (905) 984-8880
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Welland Canal and St. Catharines Museum a must see

Watch the big ships being raised and lowered in the canal enjoy the museum and gift shop picnic in the park and walk and bike the canal path from Lake Ontario to Lake Erie. The... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
Marianne C
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St. Catharines, Canada

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St. Catharines, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Watch the big ships being raised and lowered in the canal enjoy the museum and gift shop picnic in the park and walk and bike the canal path from Lake Ontario to Lake Erie. The volunteer guides are knowledgeable an helpful and the Pick- nick area and park are great for the kids to enjoy. The hike along the canal... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

I often take out of town visitors for a visit and a view of ships in the locks. I recently went with my son and his girlfriend during a winery and falls tour. Always appreciated and I never grow tired of it. Some exhibit change over time. I will probably return with other visiting relatives/friends.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Call ahead to find out approximate times they are expecting ship traffic and plan your visit accordingly. There is an outdoor viewing platform that provides you with an excellent view of the lock and the raising/lowering process a ship goes through. Free of charge (donations accepted.) Plan to spend at least 30 minutes here. There is also a small museum... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

I walked inside this place thinking it would be rather lame for some reason but actually found it to be very well done in explaining the history of the canals. It is also much bigger than I thought it would be with actual real pieces of articles from over the years. If in the area on vacation or a life... More 

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Cornwall, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

This site overlooks Lock 3 of the Welland Canal and provides some great views to watch ships going up and down. The museum has various displays that are changed throughout the year for new experiences of the history of the area.

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Cleveland, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

We learned quite a bit on our visit here and even had the opportunity to see a ship go through the lock. There aren't many places to see an actual working lock, so it's worth seeing. However, it's a slow process, so if you plan on doing this, be sure to allow plenty of time. They have a very nice... More 

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Saskatchewan, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

The Welland Canal Centre is a great place to see the ships that ply the great lakes up close. There is an elevated platform beside Lock 3 where you can see directly into the lock to see how they function when a ship is passing through the lock. Also a great vantage point for the Garden City Sky Way and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Large cargo ships carry so much of what we use and yet you rarely get a chance to be up closer to them.....except at places like the Welland Canal and especially at Lock 3. The observation deck is wonderful in that you can be on the same level as the top deck of the ships as they come through, On... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

For a small museum it was well done and donations are appreciated instead of a fee. If it hadn't been raining watching the boats go through would have been fun on the observation deck. There's an elevator or stairs to get to it. If you are a Lacrosse fan, there's an area in the museum just for you!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

It was getting late after watching a freighter finally get through the canal to the other side so didn't go into the museum. Would like to know and understand more of the history and creation of the canals which I'm sure the museum does.

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Additional Information about St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre at Lock 3

Address: 1932 Welland Canals Parkway, St. Catharines, Ontario L2R 7K6, Canada
Phone Number: (905) 984-8880
Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  St. Catharines
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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