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.

The complex is also home to an exhibit of artifacts from the Thorold and Beaverdams Historical Society.

View this video that our staff have 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. Why not park at the end of Portland St. at Ormond St. S. and 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 starting May 7th, 2018
May – Monday to Sunday 9:30am – 4:30pm
June to October – Monday to Sunday 9:00am – 5:00pm

Address: 50 Chapel St. South, Thorold

Phone number: 905-680-9477

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

  • Coach Friendly
  • Wheelchair accessible