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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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Lock 3 - Welland Canal - St. Catharines, Ontario

Lock 3 is my favourite location for ship spotting. Any other Boat Nerds here on Trip Advisor? :) A great location to visit if you've never been here before.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
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Mississauga, ON

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Mississauga, ON
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Lock 3 is my favourite location for ship spotting. Any other Boat Nerds here on Trip Advisor? :) A great location to visit if you've never been here before.

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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Didn't go into the museum but did watch a ship go thru the lock, which is free. This was absolutely amazing and well worth the visit if you are in the area. The viewing platform is cool but has a very high fence which is intensely annoying, particularly for photographers. It takes 45 minutes for a boat to pass thru... More 

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Pelham Manor, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

We were fortunate to arrive at the lock just as a huge ship (730 feet long) was approaching. A boat that big has little more than 5 feet of clearance (2.5 feet on each side), and all boats must slow down to 6 knots, so as not to create a wake. We watched the boat approach and pass through, with... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

There is parking and a picnic area here also. You can walk right up to the canal observation area, where you can observe one of the locks of the Welland canal in action. Very interesting when there is a large freighter in the lock! The museum is also there, with lots of interesting history. Free admission.

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Sewickley, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Watching the behemoth ships drop through the locks en route to the St. Lawrence and then the Atlantic is extremely interesting. The bike trails are good and fairly well marked. The museum justified more time than we had prior to closing. Why is the lacrosse hall of fame conected with the Welland Canal?

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Muncie, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Loved learning about the Canal and local history. Wish there would have been some more info about the canal. Call ahead to find out when a ship will be going through. A definite must see. Also, we enjoyed the video of the locks as well as the olympic rowing race.

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Kitchener, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Great way to see the ships going through the Locks. The museum is ok, but there isn't really much visual information in terms of how things work currently. The Lacrosse museum is within the same area which is interesting to see. Get there early in order to have a good spot on the platform

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

We drove up just as a boat pulled up. Got to see the lock work, VERY FAST. Would hold the attention of even young children. Very amazing to think about the engineering & technology of getting boats around those falls! Museum just closed when we arrived, but others said it was great.

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

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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St. Catharines, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

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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