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Peterborough Lift Lock

Open today: 10:00 - 17:00
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Unique set of locks, very interesting to see.

It was very relaxing to watch the boats go through the locks. Such a special lift lock, a real... read more

Reviewed 23 July 2018
Aylmer, Canada

I did not know there were locks here , a local informed us to check it out , so gad we did , was a... read more

Reviewed 17 July 2018
Heather W
Renfrew, Canada
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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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Ashburnham Drive, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
+1 705-750-4953
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Reviewed 23 July 2018

It was very relaxing to watch the boats go through the locks. Such a special lift lock, a real learning experience. Hopefully these locks will be in place for along time yet. An interesting movie presented in the tourism building at the locks.

Thank Joanne1382
Reviewed 17 July 2018

I did not know there were locks here , a local informed us to check it out , so gad we did , was a very nice experience and visit

Thank Heather W
Reviewed 17 July 2018

Clearly a very interesting industrial/ nautical wonder. Very clever design and still working after many years

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Reviewed 16 July 2018 via mobile

All I can say is wow !!!! Watching the locks are truly amazing .... you get a much better view if you walk up the stairs , kinda hard for the elderly . If you haven’t been before, I highly recommend an afternoon visit just...More

Thank kellyvincent071
Reviewed 16 July 2018

Not much happens on this tour. The guide did his best to entertain everyone but a good part of the tour is just waiting for the boat to lift or fall, while sitting in very uncomfortable chairs crowded together. Not worth the price.

Thank abbykat99
Reviewed 15 July 2018

Built in 1904 following inspiration from European models, these locks were a feat of engineering for this time and place in Ontario history. It's quite incredible to watch what is in essence and Olympic-sized swimming pool move boats and people up and down through the...More

Thank dogbonz
Reviewed 11 July 2018 via mobile

It's incredible how this lock was built. I would tell you the story but you'll have to visit for yourself to learn everything Heard there might even be a ghost??$

Thank rob j
Reviewed 9 July 2018 via mobile

We have driven past the liftlock many times and walked the grounds near it. But last summer my husband, son, dog and I took our boat through the liftlock which was a completely different experience. You take your turn moving inside and park your boat...More

Thank Sue P
Reviewed 9 July 2018

We enjoyed taking visitors from England and the US. We watched the video and then walked up to the top to watch the chambers being loaded and then walked down to view it all from the lower level. It is truly amazing to consider the...More

Thank laura759
Reviewed 8 July 2018

We visited on July 8, 2018. It was great trip . We loved it . Guide / Captain was fun to listen and very informative. It was worth the money spent.

Thank Gurdish T
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13 August 2018|
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Response from Readontheroad | Reviewed this property |
We just rode it in our own boat on Sep 18th, the traffic is much lower since Labor day, but the locks are open until Oct 8th, Canadian Thanksgiving
Johanna P
11 April 2018|
Response from Robert B | Reviewed this property |
Liftlock Cruises Peterborough. Suggest you look them up online to see when they start this year. Don,t think they will be operating until May long weekend.
26 January 2018|
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Response from Chris M | Reviewed this property |
We stayed at the Holiday Inn in Peterborough as it is close to town, and the cruise boat dock is right outside.