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“Call ahead to time your visit” 5 of 5 stars
Review of St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre at Lock 3

St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre at Lock 3
1932 Welland Canals Parkway, St. Catharines, Ontario L2R 7K6, Canada
(905) 984-8880
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Type: Museums
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“Call ahead to time your visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013 via mobile

The St. Catherine's Museum has a daily phone message listing times when the commercial ships pass through lock which is directly adjacent to museum. Free exhibits and historical video. High quality for such a small museum.

Visited August 2013
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Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
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“Fortuitous timing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

We just happened to cross over the bridge and noticed the sign for the Welland Canal Museum and Viewing Platform. We instantly decided to make a right turn and see what happened. Within a few minutes we were at the top of the viewing platform (free) and someone informed us that a ship would be arriving at the lock shortly. What good timing! We could see the ship in the far distance, we heard a signal blare, and we watched the roadway we had just passed over slowly ascend. The majestic ship moved forward towards us and we watched as the enormous ship filled the lock completely. The gate closed and the ship began to slowly lower in the lock. We waited and watched as the gate opened and released the ship into the water on the other side. I was mesmerized! We then went into the museum to see the scale model of the entire Welland Canal system. Absolutely worth the trip! I'm so glad that we happened upon it by accident.

Visited August 2013
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St. Catharines, Canada
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“QUAINT AND EDUCATIONAL”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

A good museum with many interesting artifacts about the Niagara Region and the various canal systems. The Underground Railroad exhibit is eye opening also.

Visited May 2013
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South Daytona, Florida
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“Interesting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

We were fortunate to arrive while a ship was going through lock. You can stand on deck, no charge, to view lock. There was a representative there to answer questions. As soon as the ship leaves, drive down to the bridge as that is also interesting. We did not have time for the museum.

Visited August 2013
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St. Catharines
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“Historic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

Another great place in St. Catharines to visit right on the canal . Very historic museum knowledgable staff and variety of interests about the canal, lacrosse , shipping, good displays.

Visited March 2013
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