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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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We arrived at St Catharines from Port Colborne and Lock #7, driving alongside the canal whenever... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
v_danilovic
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Concord, New Hampshire
Worth your time to go back in time....

We stumbled across to this museum. Glad we did. Lots of free parking, FREE admission (although... read more

Reviewed 8 April 2018
FromChathamOntario
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Chatham, Canada
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1932 Welland Canals Parkway, St. Catharines, Ontario L2R 7K6, Canada
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

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Reviewed 8 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

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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

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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

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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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Reviewed 5 February 2018

The museum was closed by the time we got there, but we were still able to watch the barges come through the locks. It was really cool watching the operation.

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Reviewed 29 January 2018

My favourite part of this museum is access to the archives. I enjoy research. Interesting exhibits for locals. Great gift shop. Unique gifts.

Thank GeeJay T
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Reviewed 27 November 2017

Agree with others who highlight the major attractions of the Canal viewing area and this adjoining museum. For my family, a totally unexpected highlights was learning that St. Catherine’s was one of three film locations for the movie, “A Christmas Story.” That school where the...More

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Reviewed 25 November 2017 via mobile

Niagara Falls was an obstacle for boats travelling from Lake Ontario to Lake Erie or vice versa. And the Welland Canal 8-lock system, a work of genius, was the solution. Go on the viewing platform close to Lock 7 to watch huge ships navigate through...More

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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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