Welland Canal Parklands Walking Tour - Glenridge Ave. to CNR Railway

Duration: 60 minutes Difficulty: Moderate: some trails are awkward and unclear

The Bruce Trail runs along the east side of the canal and is the best way to tour the locks quickly. The west side has a lot of open fields. If you're walking a loop you can either explore the west side or take the road back. To use the guide simply click on the map to jump to a short description and picture of each item.

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Aerial View - 1930: Locks 13 to 16 from the Third Welland Canal are shown in this photo taken in 1930. Lock 13 is on the far left. On the far right side two small boats are passing through Lock 16 and the swing bridge is currently open. (Photo: Brock University Map Library)
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Lock 13: Lock 13 sits just beside Glendale Rd and offers a great view of the canal channel. It is possible to see all the way to Lock 16 from this vantage point.
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Lock 13 - Lock 16: This is popular photo taken at the Welland Canal Parklands. Locks 13 can be seen in the foreground. The waterfalls from 14 -16 can be seen in the background.
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Old Weir: You can still find two weirs isolated in the field beside the canal. They both look pretty run down, but they used control water levels between the Third Welland Canal's weir ponds.
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Lock 14: Lock 14 is a special lock. It's very easy to walk down to the water beside the lock and get a good look at it. If you bring some boots you could probably walk inside as well.
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Unique Features: Locks on the 3rd Welland canal actually had a wood lining on the bottom of the lock. Lock 14 amazingly has kept most of it even after 70 years of not being used.

The picture at right also shows the siphons that were used to let water out of the lock when the gates were closed.

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Overgrown Bollard: The area is overgrown and very often small artifacts can be found hiding in the bushes. At least 100 of these things can be found along the canal
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Weir/Towpath: Some of the weirs beside the canal served two functions. They allowed water to flow to the Weir Pond, but they also needed to be strong enough to support the towpath that horses used as they towed ships in the canal. You can see an example of one of these dual function weirs between Locks 14 and 15.
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Lock 16: At this point we've walked the entire distance from Lock 13 to Lock 16, The view here is looking downstream toward lock 15. As always the scenery continues to be impressive.
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Lock 16 - The Sill: Almost every lock at Welland Canal Parklands has a different sill to let water into the lock. This one has a little ramp for the water to go down.
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Tunnel #1: There are actually 3 tunnels in Welland Canal Parklands. This tunnel entrance can be seen from the Royal Niagara Golf Course. It originally allowed St. Davids Rd.to go under the Third Welland Canal on its way between St. Davids and Thorold. It was closed off when the Third Welland Canal stopped functioning in 1932. The other end of the tunnel exists on the other side of the canal but is very difficult to find.
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Iron Bridge: Another landmark in Welland Canal Parkland is this old Iron Swing-Bridge. It was built in the late 1880's to cross the 3rd Welland Canal. The bridge is still used today but no longer swings.
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Swing-Bridge Exposed: Underneath the bridge you can still see the structure it used to swing on. If you look at the gears underneath it looks like all the parts are still in place and functional.
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Tunnel #2: Another tunnel for St. Davids Rd. This one allowed access under the railway. The tunnel has an old end and a new end which was built when the railway was widened.
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