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Welland Canals Parkway Trail

Canada Steamship Lines laker at Lock 2 Welland Canal (Sean Bryson)


General Information

The Welland Canal has made a signifiacnt impact on the historical, natural and built development of St. Catharines. The Welland Canal Parkway is a recreational trail which links the cities industrial heritage and recreational future. The recreational parkway runs parallel with the Welland Canal. The section of the trail which extends from the St. Catharines Museum at Lock 3 and Lock 1 at Port Weller is 9 kilometers in length. The full length of the Welland Canal Parkway Trail extends 42 km from Port Colborne to St. Catharines.


Hours of Operation

The Welland Canal Prakway is open year-round.

The Welland Canal closes for the winter season (December to March).



From Toronto:

Exit QEW exit 44 toward South Service Road

Merge onto Dunkirk Road

Continue onto Service Road

Turn left at Queenston Street

Take the first right on Government Road

Follow Government Road to St. Catharines Lock 3 Museum



The Welland Canal company was founded by in 1824 by William Hamilton Merritt, who dug a canal using a horse-drawn cart. The present day Welland Canal opened in 1932 and is now operated by the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation. The recreational trail which runs prallel with the Welland Canal was constructed over a decade ago.



The Welland Canal Parkway trail is a multi-use trail for non-motorized uses. Visitors are encouraged to engage in a number of activites, taking advantage of the unique and advanced trail system. Sightseeing is also a popular activity, as the trail allows users to witness the wonders of the canal closer than any other trail. The trail connects to the Lake Ontario Waterfront trail. The trail passes parks and picninc areas, sightseeing platforms and recreational facilities.



Recreational Uses

Walking, cycling, running, sightseeing, volunteer opportunities, cross-country skiing and relaxing.



Adjacent Land Uses

The Welland Canal Parkway Trial St. Catharines section is surrounded by Lake Ontario to the North, Welland Canal to the East, St. Catharines Museum at Lock 3 and public roads to the West.





Further Information

City of St. Catharines, 2009 website



Canada Trails Website



St. Catharines Lock 3 Museum
1932 Welland Canals Parkway
St. Catharines, Ontario
L2R 7K6



GPS Co-ordinates

Latitude 43.154103
Longitude -79.19529
UTM easting 646732.39
UTM northing 4779508.743378017


St. Catharines, Ontario
L25 7K6
Tel 905-680-9477
Toll free 1-888-680-9477
Website http://www.stcatharines.ca/recreation/pt/welland_canals_parkway_trail.asp

Trail length 

9 km

Walking time 

2 - 4 Hours

Jogging time 

1 - 3 Hours

Cycling time 

1 - 3 Hours

Difficulty level 


Surface features 

Asphalt path

Trail linkages 


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