What to visit?
Welland Canals Centre at Lock 3
Welland Canal is one of the world's greatest engineering triumphs - the
passageway between Lake Erie and Lake Ontario, built to circumvent mighty
Niagara Falls. Explore the fascinating story of the Welland Canals and the
unique history of St. Catharines - Canada's Canal City in the St. Catharines
Museum. See the ships 'climb the mountain' from the elevated observation
platform and enjoy a video presentation of Welland Canals - Past and Present.
Open year-round, daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. extended hours in the summer.
Ships transit the canal from April to December. Call 905-984-8880 or toll-free
Catharines Museum at Lock 3
From the elevated viewing
platform at Lock 3, get a close-up look at ships from around the world and
experience the wonder of the Welland Canal.
Inside, watch the 15
minute video presentation Welland Canals Past and Present and learn more about
the four Welland Canals in the Museum exhibits and education programs. The
Museum chronicles the industrial, cultural and social history of the area with
an emphasis on the Welland Canal.
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The St. Catharines Museum possesses a major collection of
artifact, archival, and art material related to the history of St. Catharines
and the Welland Canal.
It includes shipping and marine artifacts, industrial and agricultural
collections, military, sports, fire fighting, household furnishings, costumes
and textiles, and fine art.
An Archives incorporates collections of Library holdings, photographs, maps,
plans, municipal, corporate, and personal collections, and individual
collections such as: Girl Guides, Fred Pattison Aviation Collection (BCAPT),
St. Lawrence Seaway, family papers, marine photographs, Ferranti-Packard, and
the DeCew Falls Waterworkds Collection.
Other large collections focus on sports (especially rowing),
ships and shipping, the Welland Canals, the grape and wine industry, education,
costumes and textiles, fine art,
community organizations, newspapers, and land records.
Marine History (including shipping and shipbuilding)