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“Great quick sight”

Peterborough Lift Lock
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Owner description: Opened in 1904 and designated as a Canadian National Historic Site, this is the highest hydraulic lift lock in the world.
Reviewed March 29, 2013

Watching the locks lift is a great sight, but won't take much time. There is a small museum that gives the history of lock building and the Peterborough lock itself. It wouldn't take more than 1 hour of time for the whole experience.

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Reviewed March 25, 2013

For anyone who has any interest in marvels of Engineering, this definitely qualifies as one which certainly is different from a normal lift lock.

1  Thank lsebek
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Reviewed March 17, 2013

Great photo spot and amazing watching the boats going up and down the lock, interesting, cultural and and scenic. If you goto the information office you can borrow a GPS and complete the geo caching for the area, upon completion of your card they will issue you with a lovely Canadian geo caching coin with the lochs on.

1  Thank Mandyibiza
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Reviewed February 27, 2013

For an awesome fall experience, a visit to charming Peterborough, Canada should be in the offering along with a tour of the worlds tallest hydraulic lift lock system.

At almost 1pm, with a blast of its horn my cruise ship pulls away from the dock and we are on the way for one of the shortest cruises I have ever taken. It is not a 7 day, 5 day or even a 3 day but just a 1 hour and 50 minute cruise, give or take a few minutes. I can't wait to get to the buffet.

Under clear blue skies and across calm waters we are sailing on Little Lake towards Lock 20. With stunning fall colors around us, I can see from a distance that Lock 20 is welcoming us with open arms.

Like cruising the Panama Canal, this cruise for just US $23 will take us up and down a couple of locks. However, one of them is very interesting and historical.

Did you know that the painter of the Mona Lisa has a part in canal lock history? Although some form of a lock system was used as early as the first century, Leonardo da Vinci is believed to have invented a pound lock.

With all the gates of Lock 20 securely closed, the flooding process of the lock begins. In about 10 minutes we have risen about 12 feet to the next canal level.

The water ahead of us is as smooth as glass and nicely reflects the beautiful landscape along its edges. Part of the reason for this tranquility is a canal system set up similar to that used in Venice, Italy. A barrier system along the edge of the canal which is made of rocks and meshed barbed wire dampens out any waves and prevents canal erosion.

Soon we are faced with the final but a welcoming obstacle along our patch. At about 100 years old, we are looking at what once used to be the world's largest concrete structure. Made entirely of concrete in the days before rebar was used and meant to last only 80 years. We are slowly approaching the now 108 year old, Peterborough Lift Lock.

Some careful maneuvering and our about 40 foot long ship is soon in a giant bathtub filled with about 8 feet of water.

An announcement is made from above us and in a few minutes we start ascending skyward. I walk from one end of the ship to another in exciting amazement.

Our ascent slowly comes to a stop and I am looking over the back of the ship to the canal we were just cruising along. It is about 65 feet below us. I have just experienced the world's tallest hydraulic canal lift system.

I am 65 feet up in the air in a boat. How cool is that?

2  Thank DMBTraveler
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Reviewed February 19, 2013

I loved visiting this liftlock. We came by boat and stopped into the adjoining liftlock museum that waqs full of photos and artifacts from the initial building. To see photos of the original waterway and men and horses that constructed this lock over 100 years ago was amazing. The technology is quite unique as the locks are not at all like typical locks that displace huge volumes of water. This design displaces only enough water to create a tipping point. Excellent experience when taken in with the museum as well.

1  Thank David S
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