Lock 7 Viewing Complex

Welcome to the Lock 7 Viewing Complex, situated atop of the Niagara Escarpment along the Welland Canal.  The most picturesque view of "Where the Ships Climb the Mountain" awaits you from our viewing platform.  You haven't seen anything yet, until you view a massive ship pass by just a few feet away from you.

The Vessel Passage board is updated daily.  We also know when the ships will be arriving at Lock 7 and are pleased to provide you with this information.

Our staff is here to greet you and answer all your questions about the Welland Canal.  Please feel free to ask them for your copy of the Tommy Trent, ABC's of the Welland Canal which is a complimentary pocketbook loaded with all the information you need on the Welland Canal.  

Feeling hungry?  Staff is more than happy to recommend numerous varieties of cafes and restaurants located just a few blocks away in our downtown area.  Thorold's downtown is unique as many historical buildings have been restored to their original "canal city" streetscape.

Interested in learning more about the history of the Welland Canal?  We offer you the opportunity to watch a complimentary movie while waiting for the ships to come in.  Our complex can accommodate a group of 50 people or more.  Bus parking is located at the complex.

If history is your niche, feel free to peruse over 60 historical pictures located throughout the complex.  You will be delighted to see that much of Thorold has remained the same throughout the years.

We invite cyclists using the Greater Niagara Circle Route to rest and top up your water bottle when you arrive.  Once you've cycled to the top of the mountain we can assure you a rest is needed.  A bike repair kit is located on site if required.

The complex is filled with information on what to do and see during your visit to Thorold and the Region of Niagara.  Our staff is knowledgeable and is willing to assist you with any inquiries you may have.

The complex is open seasonally (April-November) with extended hours during the months of June to August. Hours are subject to change, please visit our website periodically for additional information as it becomes available.

Lock 7 is Coach friendly and wheelchair accessible.

Please clink on the following links for additional information.

Bridge Closures and Statues

Shipping Times

Welland Canal