Lock 7 Viewing Complex
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Terry M
Hamilton, Canada4,300 contributions
Sep 2021
Lock 7 is part of the Welland Canal, itself part of the St Lawrence Seaway system. A nearby historic marker details four versions of the Welland Canal were built from 1824 to 1932, each one larger than its predecessor, each one following new routing, built to bypass the wonder of Niagara Falls. Shipping canals are engineering marvels, no feature more interesting than a lock to change elevation. From the Lock 7 Information Centre or right beside the canal fencing, there is no better location to appreciate the Welland Canal. As a sign says at the Centre 'Where ships climb the mountain' [okay, maybe just the Niagara Escarpment]. While the Centre provides information, there is nothing better than seeing a ship in transit. You can ascertain expected times at the various locks via a website, hopefully being able to time your visit accordingly. I was lucky to have found the 'Ojibway' was heading 'up' or inland at roughly 1500 hours on Sept 1st. Standing so far below, the ship was daunting in size. It took some 8 to 9 minutes to pass by, the blast of its horn almost enough to wake the dead. On the grounds of the Centre is Nanuk, a polar bear statue. Running between the Centre and the Canal is the Welland Canals Trail, good for biking, walking [with or without a dog] and skateboarding. The site itself has eight parking spaces in total.
Written September 2, 2021
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Ttaylo3
Toronto, Canada473 contributions
Aug 2022
Stopped here incidentially, after visiting lock 3 and wanting to see a ship in the canal. Noah, in the information centre was very helpful. Great view and we were able to watch a ship drop 16 metres (and change crew at the same time).

Kudos to the attraction for being the first attraction that I've been to ANYWHERE that had an adult change table. I hadn't considered the needs of people who might use it, when travelling, until I saw it today and thought that it should be recognized for being inclusive.
Written August 3, 2022
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Loraine C
Thorold, Canada9 contributions
Aug 2018 • Family
Lock 7 is a great place to visit after dinner in the summer. There are bleachers where you can sit and watch the ships going through the last major lock. We bought an ice cream cone and sat and watched the ship until it sailed out of sight and enjoyed a visit with other watchers until the sun set. It was a lovely end to our summer day.
Written October 2, 2018
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Jim Winsor
9 contributions
Jul 2019
Excellent spot to view the ships other than Lock 3 viewing platform.About as close as you get to the ships here and a clear view.
Written June 25, 2020
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Tim D
Waterloo, Canada17 contributions
Sep 2019
This lock has an interesting little museum to go through while waiting for a ship to arrive and use the lock. The young lady in the museum was able to tell us what time a ship would be going through this particular lock. We were able to see one ship get raised and as soon as it cleared another ship entered and was lowered.
Written October 29, 2019
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Diane P
Pinellas Park, FL106 contributions
Aug 2019
So glad we stopped here. Picnic tables and several benches available to watch the big ships pass threw the locks and some are in the shade.. Wonderful spot. Then there is the museum with so many interesting items. The staff is full of information and can answer any question. They know the schedule of the ships to plan your time. The restroom is very clean. The whole place is free.
Written August 6, 2019
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Tommy
Ontario, Canada40 contributions
Jul 2019 • Friends
Always worth a visit to the locks!! All of them start at 1 and work your way up or start in Port Colborne and work your way to lock 1. Expect to do this for the day. Its a journey into past present and the future of driven powerful locks that attatches the great lakes.
Lock 7 is a great retreat.if you can time it in a ship comming or out the viewing seats are great. There is NOT much shade as a heads up.
The ships comming at you are huge a d you can watch the automated sytem do its job. The view is spectacular on the way down. Be prepared to spend some time there from start to finish if you catch a Ship in the lock.
Enjoy
Tom
Written July 9, 2019
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trainfan2000
Hamilton, Canada2,590 contributions
Nov 2018 • Friends
This is a good place to come and see the large ocean going ships pass through the Welland Canal. The lock raise here is about 40 feet and it is quite impressive to see how tightly the ships fit into the lock and are how quickly they are lifted. There are seats available. A timetable for the ships passing through the lock is available on-line through a google search.
Written December 3, 2018
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James M
Johnstown, PA12 contributions
Dec 2017
There's something pretty cool about a 700 foot long ship gliding silently past you within reaching distance! This is right up the street from where we always stay when in Canada, The Inn at Lock 7, and is a must-see for anyone into maritime sightseeing. Check the canal's online schedule before you go so you are sure to see some action.
Written November 6, 2018
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Michael N
Tel Aviv, Israel1,041 contributions
Aug 2018 • Family
On a recent vacation in Canada we drove from Niagara Falls to Toronto.
On the way (actually quite close to Niagara Falls) we stopped at Locke 7 in Thorold - one of the lockes on the Welland canal connecting lakes Erie and Ontario.
We watched a couple of ships sail by - one in each direction.
These canals are an impressive engineering achievement- using simple principles of physics. The height difference in the locke between the 2 levels is approx. 13m/40ft - and the process of filling/emptying the locke with water is surprisingly fast. Very interesting.
Written August 23, 2018
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