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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  • Amazing engineering feat. Strangely hypnotic. Easy to view and located at the 'other Peterborough' just 90 mins from Toronto:-)  more »
  • Trip was good, the host was great with information and knowledge about the locks and river. The boat was clean and food and drinks (alcohol too) were available. I would do agsin but next time I would ...  more »
  • Take a boat trip on the Trent Canal and make sure you go through the liftlock. It's the largest in the world and over 100 years old. A truly relaxing activity on a fine summer day.  more »
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  • Lock 21 - Peterborough Lift Lock is far over one hundred years old but still the tallest lock station of its kind. It's absolutely impressive to watch and the greatest point of interest in town. If you happen to pass by Peterborough, make sure to stop here and visit or at least take a few pictures.
  • Good learning experience watching the 65-foot Liftlock operated by hydraulic power. According to the tourist guide, unlike modern-day concrete structures, this 113-year old solid concrete structure was built without reinforcing steel.
  • Beautiful location. must visit place when in Peterbotough
  • Amazing to see how practical technology used to be. Everything operates with water and gravity. No electricity. Well worth the visit.
  • 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.
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