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St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre at Lock 3

1932 Welland Canals Parkway, St. Catharines, Ontario L2R 7K6, Canada
+1 905-984-8880
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Museum and canal

Always any visitors to the area as this is a very unique experience. Canal locks right there to... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
ednamae12017
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St. Catharines, Canada
Informative lots to see and worth waiting for a ship to go through the locks

Friendly staff, ample free parking, and admission by donation make this a great wait to spend a few... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
dmcampbell1977
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St. Catharines, Canada
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1932 Welland Canals Parkway, St. Catharines, Ontario L2R 7K6, Canada
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"ships coming"
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"underground railroad"
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Always any visitors to the area as this is a very unique experience. Canal locks right there to view ships also.

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Friendly staff, ample free parking, and admission by donation make this a great wait to spend a few hours when you need something to do Lots of local history including to locally manufactured/ assembled automobiles from the teens. It is also connected to the lacrosse...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were riding the Welland Canal so we usually park at the Museum. On this trip my phone would not cooperate in showing the map of where we were headed. I stopped by the desk in the Museum and the woman was very knowledgeable about...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Simple Engineering to raise ships from Lake Ontario to Lake Erie and lower them to Lake Ontario. Its a must see attraction on way to Niagra Falls. Also its free. Just have to look up the schedule for the ships. Its available on line. You...More

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Reviewed 25 April 2018

We arrived at St Catharines from Port Colborne and Lock #7, driving alongside the canal whenever possible. After a stop at Thorold, lock #3 and the Museum completed the picture of what we had just seen. The museum's displays of the geology, history, etc. of...More

1  Thank v_danilovic
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Reviewed 9 April 2018

We stumbled across to this museum. Glad we did. Lots of free parking, FREE admission (although please consider a loose change donation!), very spacious museum with lots of local variety. This place also includes the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame, many excellent veterans exhibits, a...More

1  Thank FromChathamOntario
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Reviewed 29 March 2018 via mobile

Located right next to the Welland Canal, the moderately-sized museum is a great source of information about the canal, the region, and local history. An hour is probably enough for most people, and it adds some helpful historical context to the canal itself. Children will...More

Thank Freespirit134
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Reviewed 27 March 2018 via mobile

This was a great stop to see a working lock (Lock 3) as well as learn a history of the locks in the museum. There is an elevated platform for looking down over the Locke and see how it operates. Unfortunately ships do not use...More

Thank R0BS411
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Reviewed 25 March 2018

We started at Lock #1 and followed the canal (and a huge ocean vessel) to Lock 3. At the outside elevated platform we were able to see this same ship lock through. We were very close. Inside are great displays, and the most interesting is...More

Thank Karen V
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Reviewed 12 March 2018 via mobile

Great museum to learn the history of the Welland Canel system. The have a large bridge where you can watch boats as the use the lift lock there.

Thank Cheryl R
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Response from Tom K | Reviewed this property |
here's how alot of others I have known tour the Canal. start at lock 1 - closest to lake ontario. From there you can drive up the Canal Road all the way up to Thorold o Ontario - making stops along the way. the museum is a... More
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Response from DWGB | Reviewed this property |
It is posted inside the museum foyer.
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