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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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This museum offers interesting history with some interactive displays as well as an elevated walkway to watch the boats going through the Welland Canal, a park for children and a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
lilyjo1805
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Ontario, Canada

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Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This museum offers interesting history with some interactive displays as well as an elevated walkway to watch the boats going through the Welland Canal, a park for children and a picnic area.

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cleveland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It was fascinating to watch Lock 3 in action. Be sure to try to come when a ship is passing through as you cannot really appreciate the canal just from the museum. But, the museum added to the experience by explaining what we saw.

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Owen Sound, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We were able to get to this place just as a lake freighter was coming upto lock #3. It was well worth the time to watch it enter the lock, lock gates close, rise of the boat, gates open, and freighter depart on up the system. The museum is alright for what is there, but, the locks them selves are... More 

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Thank Renard K
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We came originally to see a ship go through the St Lawrence Seaway Lock 4 but ended up enjoying the museum too. Great amenities with tea, coffee, icecream, souvenir shop, viewing platforms and friendly staff. Comfortable seating both inside and out. Perfectly maintained washrooms. Cycling the Lock - We saw a yacht go upstream followed by a large ship going... More 

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Thank dianne s
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We like to go and see the boats from the viewing platform. The park is great for the kids. There is picnic tables so u can have a nice lunch.

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Tristan da Cunha
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had heard of the locks in the Panama canal Here is a place more nearby to see actually how the ships traverse through the locks A great educative place to see on way back from a customary visit to Niagara falls

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We learnt about this canal system at school, so when I was in the area seeing Niagara, I made a point of visiting here. The museum is free, but takes donations and tells the story of the canal and the local area and was very informative. The viewing platform gives you a good view of the lock, but sadly when... More 

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Jenison, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I enjoy coming to this facility since it not only gives an update on all the ships entering and leaving the canal system, it also gives information about each of the ships

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St. Catharines, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have driven past this place too many times to count. When family came to visit we stopped to see a ship go through the lock and ended up wandering inside. Lots of interesting stuff and the boys were talking about it all day. The staff was super friendly and knowledgeable. Stop in, you will not be disappointed.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

After a lovely morning in Niagara-on-the-Lake, we made a side trip to Saint Catharines to check out the Welland Canal. It was a worthwhile detour. The museum is small but quite interesting, especially from a historical perspective. The highlight though was watching a ship come through the locks from the observation tower along the canal. The museum lists the vessels... More 

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