Tourists to St. Catharines, Ontario can watch the large ships move through the Welland Canal System which is used daily until the onset of winter. A large bulk carrier ship has moved into Lock 3 of the Welland Canals, where the water level rises or lowers depending on its direction, so that the ship can continue its journey onto Lake Erie or Lake Ontario.
The south end of Lake Erie is 326.5 feet higher than the north end of Lake Ontario and these large ships must make their way through eight locks along the Welland Canals, a average time of about 11 hours. At the St. Catharines Museum at Lock 3, there are viewing platforms where visitors can watch the entire process being completed in under 10 minutes.
Large bulk carrier ship in Lock 3 of the Welland Canal System at the St Catharines Museum, Lock 3, Welland Canals Centre, Great Lakes-St Lawrence Seaway, St Catharines, Ontario, Canada.