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An important steel town, Welland is bisected by the famous Welland Canal, which was built to solve the problem of Niagara Falls. The falls presented an obstacle that made it impossible for boats to pass between lakes Ontario and Erie. Consequently, goods had to be unloaded on one side of the falls and then carted to the other. To solve the problem, the local entrepreneurs dug a canal across the 45 km isthmus separating the lakes early in the 19th century, choosing a route to the west of the Niagara River.  The canal has eight giant locks adjusting the water level by no less than 99 meters. A remarkable feat of engineering, the canal is capable of accommodating the largest of ships. It is possible to drive alongside the northerly half of the canal, on Government Road from Lake Ontario to Thorold, where seven of the eight locks are situated.  The viewing platform at Lock No.3 provides a great vantage point and has an information center detailing the canal's history.

 

 

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