Living this close to the Welland Canal and the Flight Locks, we tend to take it somewhat for granted, much as we do with Niagara Falls. (I can’t help but think that some guy living near the Grand Canyon tells people, “What? That big hole in the ground? It’s just a pain in the butt to get around.”) Yet every year thousands come to the Falls to view this and, in the offing, many end up seeing the Welland Canal. Those haven’t seen this marvel are astounded.
There’s something about the technology that moves those giant doors that hold all that water. Although the Welland Canal runs 42 km (27 miles) from lake to lake, most of the heavy lifting is done among the Flight Locks and Lock 7, raising or lowering ships 42.5 metres (139.5 ft.) in that short distance.
Here are a few photos I’ve taken over the years. We in Thorold and about may have seen all of this, but many of these sights tourists never see, largely because they’re off-season: