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Big Chute Marine Railway

Upper Big Chute Road, Big Chute, Ontario L0K 1E0, Canada
+1 705-756-4863
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A must see

Just off Highway 400 north of Orrilia this is a must see. Don't park at the first park on the... read more

Reviewed October 5, 2017
Peter K
Cropwell Bishop, United Kingdom
cool! get yer boat on the railway!

Basically this is a big escalator for boats! the kids will love watching them . There is an... read more

Reviewed August 30, 2017
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Upper Big Chute Road, Big Chute, Ontario L0K 1E0, Canada
+1 705-756-4863
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Reviewed October 5, 2017

Just off Highway 400 north of Orrilia this is a must see. Don't park at the first park on the left as you arrive, its $10 a day. Drive though the site over the railway lines and turn left into a public car park on...More

1  Thank Peter K
Reviewed August 30, 2017

Basically this is a big escalator for boats! the kids will love watching them . There is an icecream place near by and some historical markers and plaques to read. Nice area and good to just chill on!

Thank travelcato
Reviewed August 28, 2017

I have seen locks, but the marine railroad in unique. It's a free attraction. You can watch an usual railroad type carrier pick up boats on one side and drop off on another. Saw everything from kayaks to large houseboats being transported. Amazing piece of...More

Thank Larry R
Reviewed August 17, 2017

If mechanical things don't impress you, then keep on driving. But if they do, this structure is worth a visit. Check out how the dolly follows two sets of tracks, built at different angles, just to keep everything level. It's all operated by cables. The...More

1  Thank Mike D
Reviewed August 16, 2017

I went to check out the Big Chute Marine railway for the second time after going to the Steam punk festival in Coldwater Ontario. I find it interesting and the scenery is great. There is also a marina and restaurant nearby.

Thank Ed H
Reviewed August 16, 2017

The only one in North American, this railway carries up to 100' x 24' boats from Gloucester Pool into Little Chute and connecting the Trent Canal system from Port Severn at Lake Huron to the St. Lawrence River at Trenton. There are restaurants, picnic areas...More

1  Thank Nancy D
Reviewed August 8, 2017

The Big Chute Marine Railway is a tremendously interesting and unusual lock system. We visited on a sunny August Sunday, when the river was busy with different sizes of boats along with jet skis, so we were able to see everything from small craft to...More

Thank CarletonTravellor
Reviewed July 26, 2017

this boat lock was recommended by our B&B what a great sight its amazing how the boats go down the tracks makes for a great video

1  Thank Isobel S
Reviewed July 25, 2017 via mobile

Wow! I have never seen anything like this, what an incredible invention! We were thrilled to get to see the marine railroad in operation.

1  Thank JacquelineTodd
Reviewed July 18, 2017 via mobile

Had a great visit to this super awesome location even though it was not being used when we visited in late September. The management and staff at the historic site were very friendly and informative as well as extremely very helpful. Good 😊

Thank Dave L
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Caryll B
June 7, 2017|
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Response from epserendipity11 | Reviewed this property |
They have several parking lots on-site, with ample parking.
August 26, 2015|
Response from LouiseT791 | Reviewed this property |
Upper Big Chute Rd, Coldwater, ON L0K 1E0
Bob W
December 27, 2014|
Response from PickeringRoadTripper | Reviewed this property |
I don't work at or run Big Chute. You would have to contact them.