Welland Canal Lock 3 (FREE Admission, FREE Parking) – The largest canal observation deck in Niagara

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Home to the largest canal observation deck in Niagara, it’s the best view of ships using the Welland Canal. Also home to the St. Catharines Museum, and the Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame. Small admission fee applies to Museum and Hall of Fame visits, but the rest of the Centre, including parking, observation platform and our new indoor Lock View Lounge on the 2nd floor are 100% free. Outside, enjoy picnic area, playground and Discovery Park with great information about the canal.


1932 Welland Canals Pkwy (at Lock 3)
St. Catharines, ON
L2R 7K6

You won’t get any closer to a Great Lakes Ship unless you’re a sailor yourself! The Welland Canals Centre’s elevated observation platform lets visitors see ships from around the world as they navigate Lock 3 on their way through the St. Lawrence Seaway System. See the ships climb the mountain from this observation platform. Ships transit the canal from April to December. Our observation deck is always free to use.

The Welland Canals Centre also provides opportunities to picnic in the park or enjoy the playground with your family. Experience the canal’s past and present through a 15-minute video, the museum exhibits, and computer programs, media and interactive displays located in Tourism Information and around the centre. The brand new Lock View Lounge on the second floor offers a great view in comfortable surroundings, especially during inclement weather. This facility is wheelchair accessible.

Hours of Operation

Year Round

Monday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tuesday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Wednesday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Thursday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Holidays 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Holiday Closures: The Welland Canals Centre and St. Catharines Museum will be closed Good Friday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and New Year’s Day.


The Welland Canals Centre houses a tourist information centre, the St. Catharines Museum and the Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame.

The St. Catharines Museum also has a gift shop and snack bar, room and equipment rentals, Lock 3 Observation Deck, indoor Lock View Lounge and Discovery Park.

Auto open door entry Drinking fountains
Elevator Public Address System
Accessible parking Vending machines
Accessible bicycle and walking trail Picnic tables
Accessible washrooms Children’s play area
Electrical outlets Observation deck
Lighted parking Lot: 144 spaces