You won't get any closer to a Great Lakes Ship unless you're a sailor yourself! The Welland Canals Centre's elevated observation platform lets visitors see ships from around the world as they navigate Lock 3 on their way through the St. Lawrence Seaway System. See the ships climb the mountain from this observation platform. Ships transit the canal from April to December. Our observation deck is always free to use.
Daily Ship Schedules are available by calling the St. Catharines Museum & Welland Canals Centre at 905-984-8880 after 9am daily, on our Facebook and Twitter sites, or through the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway Vessel Transit Information page. The Canal is open from end of May through December each year.
The Welland Canals Centre also provides opportunities to picnic in the park or enjoy the playground with your family. Experience the canal's past and present through a 15-minute video, the museum exhibits, and computer programs, media and interactive displays located in Tourism Information and around the centre. The Lock View Lounge on the second floor offers a great view in comfortable surroundings, especially during inclement weather. This facility is wheelchair accessible.
Holiday Closures: The Welland Canals Centre and St. Catharines Museum will be closed Good Friday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and New Year's Day.
|Auto open door entry||Drinking fountains|
|Elevator||Public Address System|
|Accessible parking||Vending machines|
|Accessible bicycle and walking trail||Picnic tables|
|Accessible washrooms||Children's play area|
|Electrical outlets||Observation deck|
|Lighted parking Lot: 144 spaces|