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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  • It was fascinating how the concrete was built for this structure, and how strongly it persists even today. The mechanics of how the lift works was fascinating also for anyone with engineering interest...  more »
  • Nice place to go in the summer and winter. Picnicking in the summer and skating on the canal in the winter. Ther is also a small information centre there and the Peterborough museum is just across the...  more »
  • In the summer small boat trip in the canal of the quiet area of Peterboroughwill give you a tour of the place.  more »
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  • Free skating on a huge natural Ice surface is about as Canadian as you can get. End-to-end it might be about half a kilometer or maybe a little bit more. There's one part you can't Traverse because the bridge above it is open and as the cars drive over it all the dirt and debris falls down on the ice, and you'll never be able to make it past on skates. Other than that 100% perfectly awesome
  • Nice calm, clean and serene place. Provision for indoor and outdoor viewing of the lift lock in operation. You can relax and soak in some greenery. The cruise should be booked in advance. I reached at 3 pm and of course I wasn't able to take a ride. There should probably add a few more tables. Worth a visit if you are around Peterborough. But not worth driving from Toronto all the way there.
  • We accidentally timed it nicely because a school group went upstream in a canoe so we saw the lock working. It's an amazing structure and the environment was looking splendid in its autumn colours.
  • We traveled through the locks in our Rossi 246. Well stocked visitor's center gift shop that was able to sell us the Ports guise we could obtain no-where else (as well as some nice gifts) Friendly and well-informed staff (run by Parks Canada). Very smooth well-run lock operation, but a thrill to ride 60 feet up in a bathtub of water! Excellent passage!
  • 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.
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