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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
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
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Type: Museums
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

A nice little museum showing the history behind the Welland canal as well as some other artifacts from St. Catharines and area. In addition, the Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame is housed in the same building. In the summer, you may get to see an ocean going vessel go through the lock on which the museum is situated. Great to... More 

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Muskoka District, Canada
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41 attraction reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Great place to stop and walk the dog and use the rest rooms. We watched the 12 minute movie to learn about the locks even though they weren't operating late December. they had a special War of 1812 exhibit at the time that was interesting. Friendly staff, great gift show and the 12 year old and 14 year old enjoyed... More 

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3 attraction reviews
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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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41 reviews 41 reviews
4 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
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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40 reviews 40 reviews
15 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
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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43 reviews 43 reviews
7 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
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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58 reviews 58 reviews
15 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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191 attraction reviews
210 helpful votes 210 helpful votes
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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new hampshire
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32 reviews 32 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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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25 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
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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