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The Welland Canal

West St., Welland, Ontario L3K 4E3, Canada
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Ranked #1 of 10 attractions in Welland
Type: Bodies of Water
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Chelsea, Michigan
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

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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Sandusky
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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Welland, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

The canal can only be used by those who ca afford expensive water sports. They should have a public beach to go with the Island Park

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Cambridge, Canada
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26 reviews 26 reviews
19 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

and differing water table levels. What better way to learn about the geography of Ontario's lake basin than actually walk it, swim it (lakes - not canal) and drive it? For years; we have driven from either Port Colborne to Port Weller or vice versa; following freighters through the lock system. It can be an all day venture so you... More

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Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

it is pretty cool to see a canal up close - it is amazing to see the freighters go through these locks and the difference in water levels between the Lake Ontario side and the Lake Erie side worth a trip

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Calgary, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Very interesting to see how the "steamships climb the mountain" and how the different bridges raise to let the ships through to the locks.

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Mississauga
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

The Welland Canal Centre at Lock 3 is one of the best spots to see the ships. There is a viewing platform above the main pathway that offers great views of the ships at the top of the lock as well as great views of the ships at the bottom. There are many great photo opportunities of the ships in... More

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Welland, Ontario, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Easy cycling..... travel past several towns.... see the Ships on the Active Canal..... and rowers / swimmers /kyakers / boarders on the Recreational portion.....

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Nassau, New Providence Island
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157 reviews 157 reviews
35 attraction reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

I like the variety of boats and the intensely nautical feel of it. It is a marvelous place for boat watching and photography.

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