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Address: Ashburnham Drive, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
Phone Number: +1 705-750-4953
10:00 - 17:00
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Opened in 1904 and designated as a Canadian National Historic Site, this is...

Opened in 1904 and designated as a Canadian National Historic Site, this is the highest hydraulic lift lock in the world.

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Amazing feat of engineering

Must see if you are going to Peterborough. Go into the info centre and learn about the construction.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Raymond E
Toronto, Ontario
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Toronto, Ontario
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Must see if you are going to Peterborough. Go into the info centre and learn about the construction.

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Quezon City, Philippines
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I understand the amusing factor of a boat being lifted up to another water level with a century-old technology, but when you're actually there, prepare to wait for a very long time as it is century-old after all. We spent an hour waiting to watch the boat being lifted up, and then that's it. Honestly it's not worth the time,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Amazing that this was built before the modern equipment that we might associate with such a large scale project. Peterborough is a thoughtful city and the detail that they show to this as well as the rest of the riverfront is a great example to other cities

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Peterborough, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took this short excursion and found it to be very interesting and informative. We live in Peterborough and had seen the lift locks from the ground and had watched other boaters maneuver their way up and down. We had also visited the museum which has many pictures of this lock being built. Would recommend to all ages.

Thank 143Cathy
Peterborough & the Kawarthas, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

Whether you're out for a weekend drive or showing guests around Peterborough. The Lift Locks are a must see. For the adventurist, drive into Little Lake in the heart of Peterborough and take the cruise or just sit by the side of the Trent Canal and watch as boats are lifted high above you. You can also visit the Lift... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

There are many locks in Ontario, and everyone is interesting and reveals amazing engineering work. This one is the most impressive one, it is a great engineering work, it is massive and it is impressive to see it at work.

Thank thor2705
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

Pretty neat to see how the locks work and the engineering behind them. It is a little slow but the lock part is cool.

Thank Scott A
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

I agree that this is a marvel. We planned to attend and happened upon it as the locks were in operation. You could also join a voyageur canoe trip there to go through it. There is a nice building there with historical information if you arrive when there are not boats going through.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Over 100 years old, part of the Trent Severn Waterway, this massive concrete structure continues to work flawlessly year after year. You can't come to Peterpatch in the summer and not watch at least one group of boats lock through.

Thank Hutcher
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016 via mobile

We have never seen a lock system up close and personal. It was a wonderful learning experience for children and adults alike. Beautiful September day, no hordes of tourists, just us and a terrific local bakery nearby.

Thank John C

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