St. Catharines Museum & Welland Canals Centre

Date & Timing

Monday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Thursday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM


+1 905-984-8880


1932 Welland Canals Parkway, St. Catharines, ON L2R 7K6, Canada


Gebo's Garage

We arrived just in time to see a freighter pass through Lock#3. This is a neat place! The viewing platform let's you get a good look at the lock operations. The attached museum was a nice treat, too. Inside, you will find a daily schedule of what boats are due to arrive and when. Be sure to drop a little donation in the lock box to show your support of this unique activity/opportunity. The place is spotlessly clean, educational and fun all wrapped up into one experience.

Jean Bak

Arrived in time to catch a freighter coming. So awesome to see this happen right in front of you. Viewing is so easy. Lots if picnic tables so we grabbed our lunch for a leisurely day. Highly recommend!

J. Langille

What a great way to learn about the famous Welland Canal! And how marvelous to stand so close to the gigantic ships going through the lock #3 right next to the museum. Fascinating to learn how the locks work and the history of the canal in St. Catharines. The local history elements of the museum are very informative and well put together. Really enjoyed the air conditioning today too! Lots of parking. Saw two ships!

Vicki Johnson

Wow! Stunned at the efficiency of these big ships coming in and going out. They say, like a well oiled machine. Well, they have this machine finely tuned! First off, the platform that is built in the back, at the Gate, is amazing! Great views no matter where you are on it. You are able to watch the ships going down when the water level is dropping for the next leg in their journey, or going up in the opposite direction. We we're lucky the day we chose to visit. One of the Captains came out onto the bow to watch over things. He wasn't out there long, but he was out there long enough for me to ask if I could take his picture. Very thankful I asked. I was able to look up information on him and the ship. You can actually go online to different sites and follow the ships if you get the ship name. You can find out where it originates from. Had we not gone, like a friend suggested, we would have missed out on a truly amazing site to behold! If we ever get back up that way, we will be going back!

Samoor Imam

Very nice place to see how the canal works. There is seating inside if you are tired and want to watch in comfort. There is also an entire floor that we didn't get to spend much time in as we had to leave. But it is full of interesting pieces of history not limited to the canal.