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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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A very interesting and informative place to visit

It is very informative and the displays are very well done and learned so much more about the Welland Canal, generating plants and the city of St. Catharines over the years... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Sharon C
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Rock Hill

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Rock Hill
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It is very informative and the displays are very well done and learned so much more about the Welland Canal, generating plants and the city of St. Catharines over the years. Great place to take visitors and they have some programs for children. There is also a picnic area.

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WELLLAND
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

would be interesting to children as well as adults. Want to return for another visit as there's lots to see and they have some changing displays as well.

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Thank hhunchik
Niagara Falls, Canada
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29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

To my surprise !!! this place was filled with family relics, being born and raised in St. Catharines this was the last place on my list, it should have been my first, as I walked through with my mouth hanging open in amazement, there were pictures and keepsakes that once belonged to my grandfather, my uncles, my aunts, neighbors, you... More 

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Welland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

Took family from Europe here for visit, and met co-workers doing the same thing. Most people come to see the ships pass through the locks, and that is certainly worth the visit. You can talk to the crew as they raise or lower the ship to your level. Parking and access to the observation deck is free. However if there... More 

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Thank Professor04
Brantford, Canada
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14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

As a resident of Niagara, we are often swamped with visitors to the area. Niagara Falls though beautiful is a tourist trap, unless you stick to the attractions run by the Niagara Parks commission. A really good exhibit which shows how ship traffic was able to avoid the falls is the Welland Canal Lock 3 Exhibit...titled the Welland Canals centre.... More 

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Thank Glenn M
North East PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

When the ships go through the locks, it is just amazing. One minute you are looking down into this ship, the next you are straining your neck to look up at it. It is also neat to see the raising of the water and the workers on the ship. The history of the locks was pretty interesting and how they... More 

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Thank Mindymouse
Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 471 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

The museum focuses on the history of the canal and its role in the development of St Catharines, but there is lots of other local information as well. The opportunity to have a good view of Lock 3 is a big bonus. No ship was in it while I was there, but you get a good sense of what happens... More 

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Thank operalover939
St. Catharines, Canada
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62 reviews
25 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

The museum grounds are extremely well kept, and from the museum you can walk out to view the ships passing through the locks of the Welland Ship Canal. There are several historical artifacts incorporated into the landscaping, and several gardens. The Museum is also on the Welland Canals Parkway that is a multi-use exercise path that extends from Lake Erie... More 

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Thank Brian664
St. Catharines, Ontario
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48 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

On the eve of Remembrance Day the Museum held a special event entitled "Doing Our Bit: World War I from St. Catharines to the Western Front. The exhibit is a nice tribute and the evening event was well done. For a small city museum the displays were nice and the museum itself is much larger than one might expect.

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Thank elizabethsB7575SF
Niagara Falls, Canada
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7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

This was the last stop of a mini-day cation with my boyfriend. We managed to get to the museum approx. 1/2 hour before closing. There was quite a lot we missed because we didn't realize how huge the museum actually was! We sped through the museum, apparently the toy rifle from "A Christmas Story" is there too, filming was in... More 

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