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Peterborough Lift Lock

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Address: Ashburnham Drive, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
Phone Number: (705) 750-4953
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Opened in 1904 and designated as a Canadian National Historic Site, this is...

Opened in 1904 and designated as a Canadian National Historic Site, this is the highest hydraulic lift lock in the world.

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The Lift lock is one of the MUST SEE's when visiting Peterborough and the Kawartha's. The Lift Lock is the Oldest and Highest Hydrolic Lift Lock in the World. There is a river... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Peterborough, Canada
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Peterborough, Canada
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34 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Lift lock is one of the MUST SEE's when visiting Peterborough and the Kawartha's. The Lift Lock is the Oldest and Highest Hydrolic Lift Lock in the World. There is a river cruise that you can take as well to see and go through the lift lock. The scenery is beautiful and peaceful. With the Maple trees surrounding the... More 

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41 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It is extremely amazing to see how the boats of different sizes and shapes go up and down in the lift locks which is an engineering marvel dating back some 100 years. Visit during summer for a bright and smooth experience plus lush green views around. We took the boat ride from adjacent to Holiday Inn hotel which is right... More 

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Thank Parag P
Peterborough, Canada
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30 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015

We had a nice ride up to the lift locks from Stewart Hall area south of Ptbo. Went through a few locks with our kids and grandkids. As we approached the Lift Locks the kids were wowed by the size of the structure. Locks were quiet so we had the opportunity to stay near the back of the lock, do... More 

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Thank GetOutOfPtbo
Peterborough, Canada
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015 via mobile

Amazing hydraulic lift lock , well maintained and one of the wonders of Peterborough that most visitors couldn't resisted . During the summer time my kids love seeing all different kinds of boats go through the canal it. But the Lift Lock during the winter times becomes a different site. It transform into a skating ring that my kids love... More 

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Thank CazinoRam
Bethany, Canada
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14 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015

Nice place to sit and watch boats going through the locks and along the Trent Severn waterway. You can also take a boat tour through the lock with lunch.

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Thank John R
Peterborough, Canada
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015 via mobile

Interesting to see how boats move up and down the system and to learn how it was built and why. Take a picnic sit alongside and maybe fish.

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Thank Angela P
Brantford, Canada
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18 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015

I had planned a mini vacation visiting Peterborough the Locks were on the list of to do's. Well if I didn't get stuck in Port Severn for hours and hours watching the Locks there. The Peterborough Locks are so interesting to see and the history behind it was cool. Was a very nice couple of hours spent on a hot... More 

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Thank Eli B
Peterborough, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

The Peterborough Lift Lock is the highest lift lock in the world. The entire tour in a two-decker boat takes several hours from Little Lake to above the locks and back again. It makes for a really pleasant summer excursion. You stay in the boat at all times while the lock operators hand turn the locks for water flow to... More 

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Fenelon Falls, Canada
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25 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

An engineering masterpiece, small town Peterborough is home to Canada's largest hydraulic liftlock. You can watch from the ground for free, but the true experience lies in a ride on the locks - with breathtaking views and the sensation of flying above the city. A trip to the visitor's centre will give you a history lesson on the construction and... More 

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Thank Carly B
London
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52 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015 via mobile

This lift lock is definitely worth seeing. It's free to park, free to look at a small exhibition about its history including a video which is worth watching, then free to watch the lock in action. I'd watch the short film first, so as the magic of gravity unfolds you understand a little at least of what's happening!

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