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Peterborough Lift Lock, Peterborough

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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. Peterborough Lift Lock is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our , custom trip planner Edition.
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  • We took the cruise that went through two locks. We were not aware of many of the details we learned on this trip. It is not a great trip with young kids. Fascinating historically interesting trip.  more »
  • Very interesting as there are only 5 of these hydraulic lock lifts in the world. I was surprised at the size of boat that can be lifted and the height. Be sure to cross the road and take the stairs...  more »
  • This is a more than WOW experience and you won't understand it until you do it. Imagining the feat of engineering that was accomplished all those years ago - and it still works!  more »
  • Such an interesting and neat experience! We left by boat from Rice Lake, and after going through gorgeous rivers we reached out first lock. It was truly like nothing I've seen before, and I learned a lot at each stop. The people were friendly every time and helped you time your journey so it was easiest. You go under multiple bridges including a swinging one before you reach the biggest lock. It's definitely the coolest, it's like floating up in a giant bathtub. Looked haunted as well. We road up with the cruise ship so we got to hear his talk as well! Would definitely do this again.
  • Awesome place to visit, the staff is super friendly and talkative. In in the last week of August you can come checkout the annual kayaking festival. They go up stream up and then down. Everyone has colourful kayaks and families decorate them. After the event people party and camp out beside it.
  • Light up the night Lock n Paddle was an amazing experience. I'll definitely be back next year. The tent accommodation in the park is clean and just private enough to get a good night sleep without worrying about 2 legged predators.
  • Very beautiful spot. Where you can sit and watch the boats go by. Ducks swim. Have a picnic. Sit and read a book. Or watch the Highest boat lift in the world at 65 feet.
  • Amazing for tourists and locals alike, this cruise will not disappoint! Amazing views and history await around each turn. If you ever decide to come visit us in Peterborough, I would definitely recommend. They also do weddings and dinner tours and the boat leaves every 2 hours.

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