Marvel at the wonders of physics and early 20th century technology when visiting Peterborough Lift Lock. This particular lock is the highest hydraulic lift lock in the world at a height of 19.8 m (65 ft), almost 60 feet higher than other conventional locks of the time. It functions purely by gravity, with one caisson acting as a counterweight for the other. Visit the information center which offers interactive simulations and historical exhibits about the lock’s construction. Take a lunch or dinner cruise along the waterway on a riverboat, where you can experience the ascent and descent for yourself. Peterborough Lift Lock is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our , custom trip planner Edition.
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Whether it’s watching boats go up and down or noting the debris (artifacts, in my books) swirl in eddies, Peterborough’s Liftlock will lift your mood to heights previously unknown to boaters and then.... more »
This is such a cool site. We love taking visitors to Peterborough to see these unique locks (even better is taking a boat tour and going up and down in the big water tub). It’s an amazing feat of... more »
Such an interesting and neat experience! We left by boat from Rice Lake, and after going through gorgeous rivers we reached out first lock. It was truly like nothing I've seen before, and I learned a lot at each stop. The people were friendly every time and helped you time your journey so it was easiest. You go under multiple bridges including a swinging one before you reach the biggest lock. It's definitely the coolest, it's like floating up in a giant bathtub. Looked haunted as well. We road up with the cruise ship so we got to hear his talk as well! Would definitely do this again.
Awesome place to visit, the staff is super friendly and talkative. In in the last week of August you can come checkout the annual kayaking festival. They go up stream up and then down. Everyone has colourful kayaks and families decorate them. After the event people party and camp out beside it.
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