Welland Canals Centre

1932 Welland Canals Pkwy.
St. Catharines, ON L2R 7K6

Tel: 905.984.8880

Fax: 905.984.6910

TTY: 905.688.4TTY (4889)


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Welland Canals Centre


1932 Welland Canals Pkwy (at Lock 3)
St. Catharines, ON
L2R 7K6


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 March 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 and museum exhibits. The Lockview Lounge on the second floor offers a great view in comfortable surroundings, especially during inclement weather. This facility is wheelchair accessible.

Hours of Operation

Year round 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Holiday Closures:

The Welland Canals Centre and St. Catharines Museum will be closed Good Friday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day,  and New Year's Day.


The Welland Canals Centre houses a tourist information centre, the St. Catharines Museum and the Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame

The St. Catharines Museum also has a Gift Shop, room and equipment rentals, Lock 3 Observation Deck, indoor Lockview Lounge and Discovery Park. 


Auto open door entry Drinking fountains
Elevator Public Address System
Accessible parking Picnic tables
Accessible bicycle and walking trail Children's play area
Accessible washrooms Observation deck
Electrical outlets Lighted parking Lot: 144 spaces

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Viewing Platform at Lock 3
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