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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  • Do you know that Peterborough lift lock is the highest hydraulic boat lifts in the world, raising boats 65 ft (20 m)? It is also the Lock 21 on the Trent-Severn Waterway. It was designated a National ...  more »
  • This is a must see attraction on many levels. It is a feat of engineering, lift locks are rare in North America, it is a national historic site, it is the highest lift lock in the work, it is set in a...  more »
  • Locks close after Thanksgiving weekend so they weren't working, but walking the grounds in the area was very peaceful. So many beautiful fall colours on the trees and quiet.  more »
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  • The Liftlock, combined with the new visitors centre and nearby Peterborough Museum and Archives is becoming a nice day trip. Not a lot for kids but they're trying. Nice picnic area but not a lot of shade. There's a park on the hilltop with best view in the city.
  • Annual lock'n'paddle at the Peterborough liftlock. 328 canoes and kayaks in both tubs.
  • Amazing feat of engineering. Was a pleasure to see. The visitor's centre is clean and well-run and the staff are very informed and helpful.
  • It has a great view. It's the biggest lift lock in the world
  • One of the best weekend getaway place.

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Where to stay in Peterborough

Peterborough tourism relies heavily on the surrounding nature, so most of its accommodations sit outside the city center itself. Your best bet is to look for one of the mid-range inns lining either bank of the Otonabee River, where you'll have easy access to the city's pleasant parks. If you want something with a bit more character, look for private vacation rentals offering river views.
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