This is a ship canal that connects Lakes Erie and Ontario which lies between the Niagara River.
It forms a key section of the St. Lawrence Seaway. Traversing the Niagara Peninsula some 43 kilometres (27 miles) from Port Weller to Port Colborne. It enables ships of a certain size to ascend or descend the Niagara Escarpment and bypass Niagara Falls.
The canal carries about 3,000 ships during the warmer months. The maximum length of a ship in the canal is 225.5 metres (740 feet) and the maximum width is 13.7 metres (45 feet). It takes about eleven hours to traverse the entire length of the Welland Canal.
To see ships travelling through the canal is only a half-hour drive from Niagara Falls to Lock 3 Welland Canal Museum in the village of Thorold. The address to the museum and observation deck is 1932 Welland Canals Parkway, St, Catharines. Ask a local for more detailed directions.