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The Welland Canal

West St., Welland, Ontario L3K 4E3, Canada
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Ranked #1 of 11 Attractions in Welland
Type: Bodies of Water
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

This is the first Canal that I visited. It was very informative. When I visited there were 2 ships on each lane crossing the canal. It took probably 20- 25 minutes for the ships to enter and exit the lock. Unfortunately, the weather was bad. It rained for all the time I was there.

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St. Catharines, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Welland canal connects Lake Ontario to Lake Erie through 8 locks that allow ocean liners to travel through the great lakes. It is an amazing engineering work, allowing shipping through the Great Lakes. There is an observation site and the third lock, but you can climb the escarpment with your car along the canal and observe the whole length of... More

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Niagara Falls, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

We enjoy going to the locks to see the huge ships come through the locks. It is fascinating to watch as the water raises or lowers these huge vessels! At Lock 3 you can visit the museum for a nominal fee and learn about the canals and the shipping. We have driven from lock 1 to lock 7 and ended... More

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Welland, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

There is no West Street in Welland, but in Port Colborne which is very nice. The WRCC operates the rentals to the public. SNCC and Notre Dame Rowing Club are private and pay for their facility. Although they attempt to generously share the space with interested public it is not technically a public launch site. There are other launch sites... More

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Niagara Falls, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

I was raised 1km from Lock 1 in St.Catharines. I've always been fascinated by the ships. This is where my father taught me geography - by identifying the flags of nations flying from the ships' bows, then going home and finding that country on the globe! Today I stlll live near the canal, but at the far south terminus at... More

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niagara falls
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

(as far as paddling in the niagara peninsula goes). This old section is retired/separated by the commercial welland canal and is a great place to paddle. You can put in at the PenFinancial Credit Union Flatwater Paddling Center or the grandstand/racing course at the south end of the canal. Both have parking and low docks and are open to the... More

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Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

I was in town for the Row Ontario Masters and what they have done with the canal and facilities is amazing. I walked some of the canal and it was beautiful. To bad the bridge was not finished. I will see it next year

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Chelsea, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

We watched the operation of the canal at the Welland Canal Center at Lock 3 about 11 miles south of St. Catherines. The visitors' center contains information about the canal, and the St. Catherines Museum - both worth a visit while you wait for the next ship. Outside there is a viewing platform which lets you get up close to... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Our kids really enjoyed watching the boats come in and seeing how the locks worked. It is helpful to call to find out the schedule that day so you can see it from beginning to end. Plan to spend about an hour watching from the observation decks. Free.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

There was a large ship in the locks that we were able to see cross from one great lake to another. It was amazing how fast the water filled up around the ship after the gate was closed. The short video was very informative as well.

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