The Welland Canal

Photo of ships in Welland Canal

The Welland Canal is the way ships move between Lake Erie and Lake Ontario, to bypass Niagara Falls. At lock 3 in St. Catharines, there is a visitors center that includes a restaurant, museum, souvenir shop (of course), and an observation platform.

Photo of ship leaving lock 3

When arriving, first check the daily schedule of ship arrivals. Since it takes about an hour for one ship to go through this lock, you may be here for a while!

Photo of ship in lock 3

For more information, call the Welland Canal Viewing Center at 905-984-8880.