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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  • 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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