Lock 7 Viewing Centre image

Lock 7 Viewing Centre

Tourist attraction Visitor center

😐 Not really worth stopping here unless you have questions. Its a tiny information center with a bunch of tourist pamphlets. The gentleman that was working there was extremely helpful and kind. Go to lock 3 with the museum and playground. People often mention ships, lock, canal, locks, ship, view, great, Great, time, viewing,


Address

50 Chapel St S, Thorold, ON L2V 2C6, Canada

Website

www.thoroldtourism.com

Contact

+1 905-227-6613

Rating on Google Maps

4.40 (399 reviews)

Open on Google Maps

Working Hours

  • Tuesday: (Boxing Day), 9 am to 5 pm, Hours might differ
  • Wednesday: 9 am to 5 pm
  • Thursday: 9 am to 5 pm
  • Friday: 9 am to 5 pm
  • Saturday: 9 am to 5 pm
  • Sunday: (New Year's Eve), 9 am to 5 pm, Hours might differ
  • Monday: (New Year's Day), 9 am to 5 pm, Hours might differ

Featured Reviews


Frequently mentioned in reviews: ships (20) lock (16) canal (14) locks (14) ship (12) view (12) great (11) Great (11) time (11) viewing (9)
Reviews are sorted by relevance, prioritizing the most helpful and insightful feedback at the top for easier reference.
  • 5/5 sandra m. 2 years ago on Google
    The gentleman was friendly and answered all my questions,gave suggestions for best viewing along the canal and provided some brochures and maps.
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Dan B. 4 years ago on Google
    Went to Lock 7 with our 5 kids and saw both a northbound and southbound ship in the locks. It was so cool and a great way to spend 45 minutes. The young woman in the museum/shop was also super-friendly. Definitely worth a visit and make sure to look online to make sure you are there when a laker is coming through.
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Steven G. 2 years ago on Google
    Excellent spot to see how the locks work. You can be right next to a ship as it enters. Very interesting and surprisingly fast.
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 4/5 debora de c. 3 years ago on Google
    Ship lock schedules available • scenic surroundings • free parking • trails
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 1/5 Ronnie P. 4 years ago on Google
    The canal is completely fenced off now, disallowing the public a chance to really appreciate the site. Photography is not an option here.
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 3/5 Christine M. 1 year ago on Google
    Not really worth stopping here unless you have questions. Its a tiny information center with a bunch of tourist pamphlets. The gentleman that was working there was extremely helpful and kind. Go to lock 3 with the museum and playground.
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Holly H. 2 years ago on Google
    Best place to watch the ships on the canal hands down!

  • 4/5 Jacqueline C. 4 years ago on Google
    Fun walk

  • 5/5 CanalCityCycle B. 2 years ago on Google
    Nice small friendly information centre will guide you correctly.

  • 5/5 Max K. 2 years ago on Google
    I disagree with the previous reviewer who gave this attraction a 3/5 stars stating "there is not much to see" at this location. There is a number of things to see here. The best part of this lock is that the viewing platform is accessible from the outside (no indoor entrance necessary) to look at the canal. Also there are 2 historical plaques highlighting the history of the area, a polar bear statute and also a kissing statue.

  • 5/5 Keith T. 2 years ago on Google
    Great spot to watch ships slowly moving through locks.

  • 4/5 Jorge M. 4 years ago on Google
    It is beautiful in the sunset

  • 4/5 Jennifer A. 4 years ago on Google
    Nice

  • 5/5 Eager E. 4 years ago on Google
    It's great

  • 5/5 Istvan K. 4 years ago on Google
    An engineering masterpiece.....

  • 4/5 David M. 4 years ago on Google
    It has a nice little parking lot

  • 5/5 Tala V. 4 years ago on Google
    It’s marvellous

  • 2/5 M P. 4 years ago on Google
    Good view of lock 7

  • 5/5 Pawan S. 3 years ago on Google
    Nice trail for biking

  • 5/5 JONGWON L. 2 years ago on Google
    Huse canal indoor observotary. Fantastic

  • 4/5 Foroogh Z. 2 years ago on Google
    Very nice view and great trail to walk in. Absolutely amazing for biking or running. Be careful, the trail is not maintained Dec to March.

  • 5/5 Carrie W. 2 years ago on Google
    This was more up my husband’s alley but he loved it and the kids learned about locks

  • 5/5 D W T. 1 year ago on Google
    Watching the opening and closing of the bridge was so exciting. I watched the large stream ship going through the Locke. This is my first time viewing this process. When you are in the Welland, St Catherines area, go and see it. You can search online for the times the ships pass through the Locke. Everyone one should see this.

  • 4/5 Sanjay M. 1 year ago on Google
    Great place for viewing large ships. Just wish the bike trail was closer to the canal. Unfortunately Lock 5 doesn't have a viewing platform.

  • 5/5 Carlos M Jimenez C. 1 year ago on Google
    We got to see A Canadian steamship 738 feet boat went through the lock a very nice experience

  • 5/5 Tom K. 1 year ago on Google
    Great visit! Great place to watch the Ships!! Thorold is a wonderful community.

  • 1/5 Ellen G. 1 year ago on Google
    There's no viewing here. Don't waste your time. If they call it a viewing station, you should be able to physically see how the locks work while the boats are going through. No such opportunity here!!

  • 2/5 sun l. 1 year ago on Google
    Mid July 2022 weekday. There is a Visitor Centre to park and collect info. Staff are attentive and friendly. Going south from Glendale Ave along the canal and Parkway, there are lock 4, 5, 6, 7 to be watch from outside and afar. It is damn hot and sunny day, over 31. Photo shots could not be amazing as before by others. 2 decades ago, it was accessible . Waste the trip and time driving from Markham.😔

  • 5/5 Tony E. 1 year ago on Google
    An amazing spot to view those lake barges coming in and getting lifted to proceed to Lake Erie (or vice versa for Lake Ontario). A must see for those going through St. Catherine's!

  • 5/5 OurRetiredLife Y. 1 year ago on Google
    Great place to watch the ships pass through thr locks. The young lady at the visitor center was very friendly and helpful. Thanks for all the info!

  • 5/5 Live LOVE L. 8 months ago on Google
    It's always interesting to see the ships go through the locks from various levels. The view from the Lock 7 lookout is pretty spectacular. The ship gets lowered or raised depending on the direction it is going. It's so amazing to watch.

  • 5/5 Manpreet D. 6 months ago on Google
    Fantastic!! Very good place to see the lock. This is the most complex of rest of the locks. They bring giant ships 40 feet up or down. Make sure to check ship schedule before you visit. Parking is only for 3 4 cars at a time but street parking is available. It is not crowded usually.

  • 4/5 Bob G. 7 months ago on Google
    The young lady in the visitors info centre was extremely friendly and knowledgeable. She answered all of our questions and was delight to talk to.. she made our stop most memorable!

  • 4/5 Dianna T. 7 months ago on Google
    We enjoyed our stay. Nice people, but the mattresses in room 2 were very uncomfortable. Woke up with a very sore back. But we would definately go back and stay there

  • 5/5 Art W. 3 years ago on Google
    Viewing of canal operations.

  • 5/5 Jon C. 3 years ago on Google
    Super friendly staff, informative and a gorgeous view of the canal

  • 5/5 John T. 3 years ago on Google
    Great viewing location with easy access to the Welland Canal Trail. They have information about the canal other things to see and do in the area.

  • 5/5 Julia S. 4 years ago on Google
    Very cool. We were lucky enough to witness a freighter going through the lock! Very informative and pleasant lady at the Thorold Museum.

  • 4/5 Joe G. 3 years ago on Google
    Good Place to watch the ships climb the escarpment through the flight locks.

  • 4/5 Marilyn C. 3 years ago on Google
    Nice local attractions during covid time in a small town, no crowd. No ship came during our short visit but it was a good visit.

  • 5/5 Sophia 3 years ago on Google
    Always worth a visit to the locks!! All of them start at 1 and work your way up or start in Port Colborne and work your way to lock 1. Expect to do this for the day. Its a journey into past present and the future of driven powerful locks that attatches the great lakes. Lock 7 is a great retreat.if you can time it in a ship comming or out the viewing seats are great. There is NOT much shade as a heads up. The ships comming at you are huge a d you can watch the automated sytem do its job. The view is spectacular on the way down. Be prepared to spend some time there from start to finish if you catch a Ship in the lock.

  • 4/5 subent 4 years ago on Google
    If you are into exotic looking yet practical technologies, then this place is for you. But you need a lot of patience and fortitude of lower limbs because you will be standing for long periods of time. Raising and lowering of ships take hell of a long time not to mention waiting for the ships. Parking is free, the first time I have had such luck at a place of amusement. Viewing platform is not ideal for filming or photography because of tall railing, still it's a good idea to bring a tripod otherwise, if you're like me, you'll go home with a sore arm because of holding your cameras -- that's right I brought multiple cameras -- for extended periods.

  • 3/5 Donna W. 3 years ago on Google
    Interesting

  • 5/5 Theresa S. 3 years ago on Google
    I love watching the massive cargo ships going through the Canals. It is such a peaceful experience. The pathway is quite wide with plenty of room for walks. The seagulls add to the feeling of this special place of Lock 7, Thorold Ontario..

  • 5/5 Th3namesadam 3 years ago on Google
    Nice spot to view the ship's coming through, also some great walking paths along the Welland Canal Parkway

  • 4/5 Fred H. 3 years ago on Google
    Great little museum, good staff and fascinating exhibits. Provides a good insight into Thorald's local history, not just the Welland Canal.

  • 5/5 Gareth W. 3 years ago on Google
    A great free place to see the huge ships move through the locks. Fabulous for young kids.

  • 5/5 Tom G. 3 years ago on Google
    Great view

  • 5/5 Debb W. 3 years ago on Google
    Helpful and enthusiastic staff. The building is closed after Thanksgiving now, but springtime will be another opportunity to go inside the center, see some historical artifacts and learn about the local history!

  • 5/5 Josh K. 3 years ago on Google
    It was great I love the view

  • 4/5 Robert A. 3 years ago on Google
    Great to view ships transiting Lock 7. Bring a radio scanner when you come; to hear the Seaway, and the ships, spotting into and out of the lock

  • 5/5 Zed K. 3 years ago on Google
    Great friendly staff.

  • 5/5 Smart B. 3 years ago on Google
    Nice view

  • 5/5 Jeffrey S. 3 years ago on Google
    I was impress to see how the ships go through the Canal

  • 5/5 Zee J. 3 years ago on Google
    Super cool!

  • 5/5 David B. 3 years ago on Google
    Great for bike views riding on the canal path.

  • 5/5 Will C. 3 years ago on Google
    You can smooch at the kissing rock 😘

  • 4/5 Carolyn W. 3 years ago on Google
    Was lucky enough Sunday to see a ship go up and another one go down right behind it. Normally it's a hit or a miss. I won!!

  • 5/5 Kelly M. 3 years ago on Google
    Loved it there. Sitting watching the ships go by...was so relaxing!!

  • 4/5 Serega 3 years ago on Google
    Here you can get breathtaking views of the massive ships as they move through and up the locks in the Welland Canal. The museum has interesting information about the history of the canal and the town of Throrold. Worth a stop!

  • 5/5 Natalie F. 3 years ago on Google
    Saw a huge boat go through a lock

  • 5/5 Geiger G. 3 years ago on Google
    I was in Niagara and looking for something other than Falls. Lock 7 is on the Welland Canal and about 20 minutes away. The "museum" and education center is a small building that house some historical artefacts and information on the history of the canal. Best part - the friendliest person answered my questions and provided some hiking advice (and let me use the washroom!) A good parking spot and "refreshment" center for the canal!

  • 5/5 Valentine H. 3 years ago on Google
    This lock has an interesting little museum to go through while waiting for a ship to arrive and use the lock. The young lady in the museum was able to tell us what time a ship would be going through this particular lock. We were able to see one ship get raised and as soon as it cleared another ship entered and was lowered.

  • 5/5 Mark C. 3 years ago on Google
    It is a great peaceful place to watch the ships going through the Welland Canal. If you go up on the deck there are more benches.

  • 5/5 Sean V. 3 years ago on Google
    Awesome spot to view lock 7 from. Parking is lacking but worth the drive

  • 5/5 JD W. 4 years ago on Google
    There were lots.of great places to see the ships go through the locks


Call +1 905-227-6613 Open on Google Maps

Trends



Last updated:

Similar Tourist attractions nearby

Short Hills Provincial Park image
1
Short Hills Provincial Park
State park
This 735-hectare natural park features fishing & trails for hiking, biking & horseback riding.
4.70 (1.2K reviews)
Howells Farm image
2
Howells Farm
Tourist attraction
👍👍 They graciously gave away free tickets to their Sunflower Festival and we happened to snag a few. It’s a lovely little farm with a beautiful sunflower patch. Different varieties to see and you get 1 free flower per person with entry. There are quite a few photo ops in the field (tractor, vintage tru...
4.30 (1.2K reviews)
Saint Johns Conservation Area image
3
Saint Johns Conservation Area
Ecological park
👍 Most of the trails are excellent but the red trail has washed out in one section.
4.70 (653 reviews)
Mel Swart Lake Gibson Conservation Park image
4
Mel Swart Lake Gibson Conservation Park
Park
👍 There’s a small- medium sized parking lot with free parking. Usually this place is not too busy. You can walk a short distance towards a boardwalk along the lake. There is a lookout on the boardwalk. The boardwalk leads to some short trails along the lake. This is a great place to go for a quick str...
4.50 (602 reviews)
Lock 7 image
5
Lock 7
Historical landmark
👍👍 This is one of my favorite things to do is to watch the ships go through the locks. Lock seven has some great views. The people inside friendly and helpful and really made the experience better
4.60 (186 reviews)
Last updated:
()