OFFICIAL BLOG OF NIAGARA FALLS TOURISM
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|THE WELLAND SHIP CANAL|
Where the Ships Climb the Mountain
By George Bailey
|1 comments Latest by Joanna Martin / Oh, that sounds so ptrety! We 05/15/12 01:18:01 EDT|
Have you ever wondered how the ships between Lake Erie and Lake Ontario travel between these two lakes without going over the falls? Probably not. But here’s the answer.
The reason is the 42 kilometre (26 mile) Welland Ship Canal that takes ships back and fourth gradually by means of eight different locks from Port Colborne at Lake Erie in the south to Port Weller at Lake Ontario in the north. Thereby, by passing Niagara Falls. It was built between 1913 and 1932 and is part of the St. Lawrence Seaway. The current canal accommodates fresh water vessels and ocean going vessels (salties) no longer than24.4 metres (80 feet) wide or 233.5 metres long (766 feet). The draft of the vessel can be no deeper than 8 metres (26 feet). It takes about 11 hrs to traverse through the canal.
One of the best places to see, "the ships climb the mountain" is at Lock 3 in nearby Thorold, Ontario. The St. Catharines Museum is also located here filled with lots of fascinating things about the city and the canal. Don’t leave Niagara without visiting this place. The whole family will love it.
Attached are a few photos of the Observation Platform at Lock 3 and a ship passing under one of the bridges that cross the canal.
Joanna Martin / Oh, that sounds so ptrety! We
Joanna Martin / Oh, that sounds so ptrety! We weren't able to stay after dark, but now I wish we could've. We definitely serve a MIGHTY, BIG God! Thank you, Leah, for commenting.
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