One of only two hydraulic lift locks on the Waterway, Lock 21 is the highest hydraulic lift lock in the world. Opened on July 9, 1904, it leaves a visible and lasting impact on Peterborough's landscape. Quiet overnight mooring is located at the upper level. There are plenty of services within a 10-minute walk to the East City area of Peterborough.

Getting here
  • Address: 354 Hunter Street East, Peterborough, Ontario
  • Nautical chart: #2023 (more on Nautical charts)
  • Kilometer marker: 145 km (mile 90.1)
  • GPS: 44°18'28.4”N 78°18'02.1"W

Hours of Operation


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Navigational data
  • Lock length: 36.6 m (120 ft)
  • Lock width: 9.7 m (32 ft)
  • Average lift: 19.8 m (65 ft)
  • Max. mooring period: 2 nights

Facilities and services
  • Overnight mooring
  • No camping
  • Washrooms
  • Potable water (unavailable)
  • Picnic area
  • Visitor information
  • Visitors Centre (closed)
History
Construction of the Peterborough Lift Lock lockstation
Constructed: 1896-1904

Superintendent R.B. Rogers advocated a hydraulic lift lock to overcome the 65-foot change in elevation at this site. After examining lift locks in England and Europe, he supervised the 8-year process to construct the walls and towers and erect the metal tubs on steel rams. Built mainly by Canadian companies, it remains a world-class engineering feat and is a National Historic Site of Canada.

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