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“Liftlocks and swinging bridges”

Liftlock and The River Boat Cruises
Ranked #1 of 3 Tours in Peterborough
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 18 June 2014

We visited Peterborough, ON specifically to see the lift lock. Taking the cruise not only let us see and ride the lift lock but we also went through a traditional lock and saw a swing bridge in operation. Our cruise captain gave an informative and humorous narrative about the history of the waterway and lock system during the 2 hour cruise. The only negative was the misinformation in our AAA Tour Book which gave incorrect times for the cruise start. However, personnel were onsite at the cruise dock and were very helpful in getting us scheduled. This is a must do when visiting Peterborough.

3  Thank Suzanne C
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Reviewed 23 April 2014

This is one of the amazing engineering feats and fascinating to watch the Liftlock go up and down. I took my sister and brother in law from England on the Liftlock Cruise and they were fascinated and impressed by the logistics and canal. You actually go up in the lock while the other side comes down. The visitors centre is worth a visit. There is no charge to just visit the Liftlock on foot.

1  Thank Rachel B
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Reviewed 27 August 2013

Very interesting and relaxing 2 hours long trip.
Narrative was original and you could see that Captain/Guide knows his route and loves talking about it.

Thank Mark L
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Reviewed 26 August 2013

Our family took the double deck River Boat Cruise which took us through two sets of locks, one being the lift lock and a swing bridge along the Trent Severn Waterway. I love the fact that to a certain degree the first lock was still manually opened and closed. The lift lock, although impressive given its history, dual hydraulic lift which took us 65ft into the air in a bathtub of water and the fact that it is the tallest in the world and one of eight liftlocks in the world, was the ONLY highlight of the cruise and obviously the only real purpose of the cruise. It took us two hours to get through the two locks and swing bridge to turn around and come back. We are glad we experienced it from inside the liftlock along with its historical narrative from the Captain, but it can also be seen from land both at the bottom and top of the lock for the two different perspectives. When we returned to dock, we were all speechless at first and didn't quite know what to think as we were kind of surprised that we really didn't go anywhere. I guess we expected to have a sightseeing tour, to some extent, further up the waterway as well. Capt. Jody was excellent with a great sense of humour. The cruise cost $22 for an adult ticket and @ 1/2 hrs total time as you are expected to be in line half an hour before the cruise sets off.
Apparently you can skate in the canal in the winter which would be fun.

2  Thank Winddancer367
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Reviewed 15 July 2013

This is one trip that is leisurely and full of interesting facts about the waterways of locks systems.Informative dialogue from the boat Captain and plenty of opportunities for pictures.Just a very pleasant way to while away the time and enjoy the company of others and get some fresh air at the same time.

Thank RogCar910
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