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Armchair Travel: The Welland Canal

The Welland Canal is a marvel – 42 km long, with eight locks, it allows large ships from the Atlantic, travelling via the St. Lawrence River, to get to the Great Lakes.

This timelapse video shows one ship passing through one of the locks – you get a good idea of how it all works. I love this video as you can see everything in a brief moment. However if you have more patience than me, you can always see the huge ships going through the canal in person.

Check out the Welland Canals Parkway Trail located at the St. Catherines Lock 3 Museum, to walk and see the ships coming in through the locks. The trail is 9 km long and an easy walk. Note that the canal is closed between December and March.

St. Catharines Lock 3 Museum
1932 Welland Canals Parkway
St. Catharines, Ontario
L2R 7K6

Directions From Toronto:
Exit QEW (to Niagara Falls) exit 44 toward South Service Road
Merge onto Dunkirk Road
Continue onto Service Road
Turn left at Queenston Street
Take the first right on Government Road
Follow Government Road to St. Catharines Lock 3 Museum

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