The Welland Canal is one of Niagara’s great engineering triumphs and a popular tourist destination for families and naval fanatics alike.


If you are looking to explore a man-made wonder whilst visiting the Niagara region, then Welland Canal is a sight to behold. Construction of this great engineering feat began on November 24, 1824 and was completed on November 29 1829.

Its purpose was to connect the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean, providing a gateway to all the ships both transporting cargo and also passengers. It is part of the St. Lawrence Seaway and is approximately 43 kilometres long. The canal is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from March until the week of Christmas.

Did you know that approximately 40,000,000 metric tonnes of cargo passes through the Welland Canal every year? As a result, it contributes significantly to the economy and development of both Canada and the United States.

The Canal also supplies the people of Niagara with their everyday water use, whilst being a major resource for local industry so is a very important feature for the whole region.

Welland Canal is also a popular tourist attraction, and visiting makes for a pleasant day out as there are many sights to take in and the area is picturesque. The region has many connecting lakes where people enjoy activities such as fishing. There are also plenty of trails around to go hiking or simply take in the view.

You can enjoy the sights from the viewing platform and there is also a museum that is open all year round between 9am-5pm. The museum also provides daily schedules of all the ships that will be passing through on their social media pages, so you are able to plan ahead if you want to see the transit in action.

In 2017 the museum will be celebrating its 50th Birthday, so be sure to look out for any special events that may be taking place to celebrate. You can find the museum at lock 3 and admission is by donation.

If you are looking to gain an insight into the history and inner workings of the Niagara community,