Peterborough Lift Lock, Peterborough

Marvel at the wonders of physics and early 20th century technology when visiting Peterborough Lift Lock. This particular lock is the highest hydraulic lift lock in the world at a height of 19.8 m (65 ft), almost 60 feet higher than other conventional locks of the time. It functions purely by gravity, with one caisson acting as a counterweight for the other. Visit the information center which offers interactive simulations and historical exhibits about the lock’s construction. Take a lunch or dinner cruise along the waterway on a riverboat, where you can experience the ascent and descent for yourself. A visit to Peterborough Lift Lock represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Peterborough road trip website to plot your vacation.
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  • i wouldn't make a special trip just to see this engineering marvel, unless you are retired with nothing else to do. however if in Peterborough area, add it to your list. of course if you're travelling...  more »
  • Got to seeLock21 in opération got to see the last day 2018 and was quite the adventure. Built decades ago and runs so smoothly  more »
  • Warm sunny day and smooth waters to enjoy the lift lock experience. Great way to spend a summer afternoon.  more »
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  • It was definitely nice to go and see this national historic site. Underrated but worth being there. Make sure to book your boat cruise well in advance, they only have 3 a day and gets booked fully. They also have a small museum explaining this lift locks history and a movie theatre again explaining its history.
  • Went through this big Lock in a boat, with a big ferry. Huge lift lock, and quick ride down (or up). Kind, helpful lock staff.
  • Very restful cruise. Considering it's age, 114 years a well built and wonderfully maintained structure with an interesting history.
  • We were right on time saw the cruise boat lifted up. It was a great experience. Must see when im Peterborough
  • Great place just to even have a quick visit at! Very cool to take any type of boat through. Including kayak, canoe or jet ski
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