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 vacation planner to plot your vacation.
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  • August 13, 2017
    This is the highest lift locks in the world (or something like that) it's a lot of fun to take a cruise way up and way back down as well a hearing about the local community.  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    Impossible to come to Peterborough without visit and watch the lift lock and his Museum! A boat trip offers you a different perspective.
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  • August 10, 2017
    It was awesome we had a great time on the cruise. If you are allertic to sorten kinds of food they will provide food that you can eat.  more »
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  • June 14, 2017
    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.
  • June 25, 2017
    Annual lock'n'paddle at the Peterborough liftlock. 328 canoes and kayaks in both tubs.
  • January 19, 2017
    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.
  • February 19, 2017
    It has a great view. It's the biggest lift lock in the world
  • June 22, 2017
    One of the best weekend getaway place.

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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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