Please Note: The Welland Canal for Ships is closed starting Jan 7, 2022 at 12 noon. Reopening March 24, 2022 – The “LIVE” Camera will remain active during this time.
The Welland Canal is a 43 km (27 mile) ship canal in Ontario, Canada, connecting Lake Ontario and Lake Erie. It forms a key section of the St. Lawrence Seaway and Great Lakes Waterway. Traversing the Niagara Peninsula from Port Weller to Port Colborne, its eight locks enable ships to ascend and descend the 99.5 meter (326 feet) elevation difference between the lakes, and bypass the 51 meter (167 ft.) Niagara Falls. Lock 7 in Thorold, Ontario, shown above, is the highest point of the canal system at 174.3 metres (572 feet) above sea level.
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Many people with ancestors of the Old Counties of Lincoln/Welland can connect to their ancestral ties which date back to the development and building of the Welland Canal System.
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