Discover the Lock 7 Viewing Centre

Visitor Information

lock7-staffSituated atop of the Niagara escarpment, the most picturesque view of Locks 4,5,6 & 7 awaits you. You haven’t seen anything yet, until you view a massive ship pass by just a few feet away from you.

Our friendly staff is here to greet you and answer your questions about the history of the Welland Canal, the City and Niagara Region.

View this video that our staff created outlining what you can expect when visiting Thorold.

Ship Viewing

Coordinate your stop with the Seaway Schedule if you want to catch a vessel in Lock 7. From the viewing deck, you can exchange waves with the ships’ crew!


The Greater Niagara Circle Route is at our doorstep. Start your cycling adventure here! Explore the surroundings or ride into our cycle-friendly Downtown Heritage District.

Hours of Operation

Lock 7 Viewing Centre:
Open Daily from May to October.

Take note: Open Daily from May to October

Address: 50 Chapel St. South, Thorold

Phone number: 905-227-6613 ext: 402

The Welland Canal is open for shipping late March – Christmas Week.  It runs  24 hours a day. From January to March it is drained and closed for maintenance.

  • Coach Friendly
  • Wheelchair accessible