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Welland Canals Centre Lock 3/St. Catharines Museum
1932 Welland Canals Parkway, St. Catharines
Ontario, Canada    L2R 7K6
Tel: 905-984-8880 Fax: 905-984-8980

Welland Canals Centre Lock 3 / St. Catharines Museum


The Welland Canals Centre at Lock 3 and St. Catharines Museum is one of Niagara's most popular attractions. See ships maneuver through the huge locks from the elevated observation platform – the best bird’s eye view of the ships on the canal!

Explore the fascinating history of the

Welland Canals and St. Catharines in the Museum.  The award-winning, integrated exhibit, “Follow the North Star”, recounts the history of the Underground Railroad and the rich legacy of Niagara’s African Canadians. The Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame & Museum features historical memorabilia of North America’s oldest sport.  A 15 minute video “Welland Canals; Past and Present” is included with your Museum Admission. There are also many traveling exhibits throughout the year! Visit to view the upcoming exhibits at the Museum.

Enjoy the interactive centre, related to the historic and current Welland Canals.  This centre features models, displays and multimedia programs, which provide visitors with a unique experience, all while watching the ships as they pass through Lock 3!  The Welland Canals have great significance to St. Catharines and we are excited to share this rich history with visitors in a fun and interesting fashion.  Documentaries are available for viewing in Interactive Centre Theatre.


Browse through the Gift Shop - “Merritt’s Mercantile” offering a unique selection of publications, gifts, nautical souvenirs, children’s items, Canadian product and much more.  Enjoy a refreshment or ice cream, have a picnic in the park, cycle or stroll along the Welland Canals Parkway while visiting.

The Welland Canals Centre is motor-coach friendly and there is plenty of free parking on site. The site is totally accessible. Educational programs, children’s day camps, and guided tours are also available. Open daily year-round.

9am-5pm (closed Christmas Day to New Years Day) winter weekend hours reduced. For Ship schedules call daily April – December at 905-984-8880 or 1-800-305-5134 or email or visit for information on what is happening in St. Catharines!

Directions to Welland Canals Centre/St. Catharines Museum


From Toronto/Hamilton:  

Exit at Glendale Ave West. Stay on Glendale Avenue. Cross the Vertical Lift bridge, immediately turn right on Welland Canals Parkway.  The Welland Canals Centre Lock 3/St. Catharines Museum is located on right hand side.

From Niagara Falls/ Buffalo

Exit at Glendale Ave West. After ramp, turn left. Stay on Glendale Avenue, following instructions as above.


Business Name:  Welland Canals Centre Lock 3/St. Catharines Museum
Category:  Attractions
Street:  1932 Welland Canals Parkway
City:  St. Catharines
State/Prov:  Ontario
Zip/Postal:  L2R 7K6
Country:  Canada
General Phone:  905-984-8880
General Fax:  905-984-8980
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General Admission Fees:  St. Catharines Museum $4.25adult, $4senior, $3.25s
Service Languages:  French, Spanish (summer)
Food Services Available:  Yes
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On-Site Parking Available:  Yes
Wheel Chair Accessible:  Yes

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