The Welland Canal

A vital and impressive canal

Bike rides

To round off this Niagara BaladoDiscovery Tour, we'd like to encourage you to get on your bike and ride the hundreds of kilometres of well-maintained bike paths through this magnificent region, with its rich cultural heritage and beautiful scenery. 

To prepare for your cycling expedition, visit the Niagara Cycling Tourism Centre website. You'll find interactive maps, tour suggestions to suit your level and preferences, addresses not to be missed, and much more. 

Unforgettable memories and encounters guaranteed!

Best Western Plus Rose City Suites

Located at 300 Prince Charles Drive, Welland, Ontario L3C7B3, just south of Welland, this hotel offers rooms of a very high standard and is also renowned for the quality of its services.

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Welland cannot be dissociated from its namesake canal, designed to bypass Niagara Falls and link Lake Erie to Lake Ontario.

The groundbreaking for the construction of the canal was done in 1824. The canal finally opened its locks to boats on November 30, 1829. 

A real tourist attraction

Few figures on what the Welland Canal means today:

Three tunnels run under the canal

Three lift bridges are located above

Four bascule bridges are also located above 7 locks, spread over 11 km, lift ships 100 metres to pass from one lake to another
Tolls for ships and small boats range from 1,500 CAD to 38,000 CAD. 

The most common cargoes are grain, salt, iron, coal, stone, and steel.

Tens of millions of metric tons of cargo are transported through the canal every year (more than 31,000,000 in 2014!).

More than 3,000 ships of all sizes travel up and down this canal every year.

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Niagara Region Sightseeing and Discovery Tour

Niagara Region Sightseeing and Discovery Tour image circuit

Presented by : Société économique de l’Ontario
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