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Map Of The Original Welland Canals

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The Welland Canal that is in use today is actually the 4th canal to be used. The first Welland canal was in use from 1829 to 1845. The second Welland Canal was in use from 1845 to 1915 and the 3rd Welland canal was in use from 1881 to 1932. The early canals made use of natural rivers and water ways as well as had dug channels and many of the old abandoned locks and routes can still be viewed today. There is not much of the first canal left as the locks were built of wood, also the building of the second canal incorporated much of the same route as the first canal with some minor variations.

We have created a map plotting the routes of the original Welland Canals and marked where locks are or were located. Some of these old abandoned locks are located in public parks and hiking trails and are family safe, others are located on private property and are very dangerous so please check before visiting any locks listed on this map. We don’t encourage trespassing and it is your responsibility find out what is suitable.

Please Note: We have tried to make this map as accurate as possible. If you find misplaced locks or location errors please contact us to we can update the map.

Map Legend: Yellow– First Welland Canal. Green – Second Welland Canal. Red – Third Welland Canal. The 1st Welland Canal and 2nd Welland Canal took mainly the same route so we only added the differences of the first canal.

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TitleCategoryAddressDescription
1st Canal 1st Welland Canal 43.13593148515609, -79.20364184305072 You will notice a small subtle trench running along here, this was the 1st Canal.
Lock 24 1st Welland Canal 43.13485139634646, -79.20897017698735 Here is the location of lock 24 of the 1st Welland Canal. A very rare wood remnant of the very first Welland Canal
Lock 6 1st Welland Canal 43.15954219587409, -79.2368986364454 The location of Lock 6 of the First Welland Canal. Look for concrete poured over wood walls. This is a rare remnant of the 1st Welland Canal
Founding of The Welland Canal 1st Welland Canal 43.15831104992906, -79.26000041887164 William Hamilton Merritt owned a mill on this site and frustrated with seasonal water levels he sought to divert water from the nearby Welland River. This lead to the idea of a canal for boats to bypass Niagara Falls. He went on to form the Welland Canal Company.
1st Canal 1st Welland Canal 43.160314556710304, -79.26151318475604 This little creek is a surving section of the original 1st Welland Canal used from 1829 to 1845
Lock 27 2nd Welland Canal 42.88607671017304, -79.24953184090555 Here is the location of lock 27, the last lock of the 2nd Welland Canal. Located right beside lock 26 of the 3rd Welland Canal
2nd Canal River Lock 2nd Welland Canal 43.039781611756126, -79.20903048478067 The location of the 2nd Welland Canal River Lock. Not part of the main lock system but provided boats with access to the Welland River.
Lock 26 2nd Welland Canal 43.07781997766429,-79.21114917844534 This was theapproximate location of lock 26. Now lost to time. Only a small monument marking the location remains.
Lock 25 2nd Welland Canal 43.12156867528683, -79.20030395966023 here is the location of Lock 25 of the 2nd Welland Canal. Now mainly buried the top of the lock is visible in a park. Sadly locks 22, 23, 24 are lost forever as they are buried beneath city streets now.
Lock 21 2nd Welland Canal 43.13369155711955, -79.20316855888814 The location of lock 21 of the 2nd Welland Canal.
Lock 20 2nd Welland Canal 43.13384105501493, -79.20559449121356 Here is the location of lock 20 of the second Welland Canal.
Lock 19 2nd Welland Canal 43.13392717901635, -79.20766515657306 The location of lock 19 of the second Welland Canal.
Lock 18 2nd Welland Canal 43.134091597227744, -79.21003622934222 The location of lock 18 of the second Welland Canal.
Lock 17 2nd Welland Canal 43.134201209123106,-79.21209616586566 Here is the location of lock 17 of the 2nd Welland Canal.
Lock 16 2nd Welland Canal 43.13435779720422, -79.21446723863482 The location of lock 16 of the second Welland Canal. This area was also a tuning basin for the boats.
Lock 15 2nd Welland Canal 43.13536679889864, -79.21625038376078 The location of lock 15 of the second Welland Canal. The old lock is mostly buried, You will see the top of the lock in the grass.
Lock 14 2nd Welland Canal 43.13763325996563, -79.21719651203603 The location of lock 14 of the second Welland Canal. Not much visible just some limestone blocks in the grass.
Lock 13 2nd Welland Canal 43.139594631295736, -79.21796224080026 Here is the location of lock 13 of the second Welland Canal.
Lock 12 2nd Welland Canal 43.14148782626318, -79.21873471699655 The location of Lock 12 of the second Welland Canal.
Lock 11 2nd Welland Canal 43.143376593995285, -79.21962780877948 Here is the location of lock 10 of the 2nd Welland Canal.
Lock 10 2nd Welland Canal 43.14523637481492, -79.22071020584553 The location of lock 10 of the second Welland Canal.
Lock 9 2nd Welland Canal 43.14814507038772, -79.22261725645512 Here lies lock 9 of the second Welland Canal.
Lock 8 2nd Welland Canal 43.15041377603837, -79.22355456277728 The location of lock 8 of the 2nd Welland Canal.
Lock 7 2nd Welland Canal 43.152754105327695, -79.22596855089068 Here is the location of lock 7 of the second Welland Canal.
Lock 6 2nd Welland Canal 43.155853533935186, -79.22907991334796 The location of lock 6 of the second Welland Canal.
Lock 5 2nd Welland Canal 43.15845192364684, -79.23017425462604 Lock 5 of the old second Welland Canal is now part of the bridge structure at this location.
Lock 4 2nd Welland Canal 43.15902085694983,-79.23746190033847 This is the location of lock 4 of the second Welland Canal. Just piles of limestone rock on both sides of the creek.
Lock 3 2nd Welland Canal 43.1538264001809, -79.24368185922503 Here is the location of Lock 3 of the old 2nd Welland Canal. Just the top of the lock wall peaking out of the ground.
Lock 2 2nd Welland Canal 43.15990454263323, -79.26008071750402 Here is the location of lock 2 of the 2nd Welland Canal.
Lock 1 2nd Welland Canal 43.20183177448067, -79.26532338839024 The location of lock 1 of the 2nd Welland Canal.
Lock 26 3rd Welland Canal 42.88660579726763, -79.24922866746783 The location of the last lock of the old 3rd Welland Canal. It is located right beside another abandoned lock of the 2nd Welland Canal lock 27.
Lock 25 3rd Welland Canal 43.108747260029375, -79.20270290225744 This is the location of lock 25 of the old 3rd Welland canal. This lock was filled in but you can still catch a glimps of the top wall poking out of the surface
Lock 24 3rd Welland Canal 43.12152884608403, -79.19358339160681 Lock 24 is lost forever as it is now buried bellow the current 4th canal. Nothing can be viewed of this old lock
Lock 23 3rd Welland Canal 43.12466675830161, -79.19267039280385 The walls of lock 23 of the 3rd Welland Canal are still visible running along the current lock 7
Lock 22 3rd Welland Canal 43.12750669370589, -79.19054193422198 Here is the location of lock 22 of the 3d Welland Canal. Winter months is best for viewing when the pond is drained and more of the lock is exposed.
Lock 21 3rd Welland Canal 43.128900466083124, -79.18784899637103 The location of lock 21 of the 3rd Welland Canal. There is better viewing of this well preserved lock is in winter months when pond is drained. Summer months only top is visible.
Lock 20 3rd Welland Canal 43.13017760652259, -79.18459019623697 Here is the location of lock 20. It is only visible during the winter months when the pond area is drain. You can see its ghostly shape underwater when zoomed in on 3D Google Earth
Submerged Cemetery 3rd Welland Canal 43.13059651405034, -79.18796148151159 Only some graves were moved from the old St. Peter's Anglican Church cemetery when the area was flooded to support the new Canal. It is believed there are still more than 900 grave below.
The Pumphouse 3rd Welland Canal 43.13048995424479, -79.18105764314532 The pumhouse was built after the closing of 3rd Welland Canal. Its function is to help prevent flooding of the current 4th Welland Canal
Lock 19 3rd Welland Canal 43.13218901660175, -79.18057484552264 The location of lock 19 of the 3rd Welland Canal
Grand Western Railway Tunnel 3rd Welland Canal 43.13305810398418, -79.18173355981708 Also known as the Merritton Tunnel and in more recent years the Blue Ghost Tunnel. You can read more about the Abandoned Blue Ghost Tunnel by following the Link
Lock 18 3rd Welland Canal 43.13386454339098, -79.17881531640887 Here is the location of lock 18 of the 3rd Welland Canal
Lock 17 3rd Welland Canal 43.13678486118981, -79.17728109285235 The location of the old abandoned lock 17 of the now abandoned 3rd Welland Canal
Iron Swing Bridge 3rd Welland Canal 43.137724343967946, -79.17725963518023 Here is an old iron swing bridge built in 1890 that crossed the now abandoned 3rd Welland Canal. It is now permanently in a fixed position
Lock 16 3rd Welland Canal 43.13986161351579,-79.17866511270398 Here is the location of lock 16 of the 3rd Welland Canal
Lock 15 3rd Welland Canal 43.14207709246346, -79.18060703203082 The location of lock 15 of the abandoned 3rd Welland Canal
Lock 14 3rd Welland Canal 43.14445688147137, -79.18269915506244 Here is the location of lock 14 of the old 3rd Welland Canal.
Lock 13 3rd Welland Canal 43.14674264421467, -79.18474836274981 The location of abandoned lock 13 of the old 3rd Welland Canal
Lock 12 3rd Welland Canal 43.14924749153128, -79.18691558763385 The location of lock 12 of the old abandoned 3rd Welland Canal.
Lock 11 3rd Welland Canal 43.151000823578066, -79.18925447389483 Here is the location of lock 11 of the Third Welland Canal
Swing Bridge Remnant's 3rd Welland Canal 43.18220015345185, -79.24633188173175 Here is the location of some remains of an old swing bridge that crossed over the 3rd Canal
Lock 10 3rd Welland Canal 43.155490450068555, -79.19808950275183 The approximate location of where lock 10 of the old abandoned 3rd Welland canal is now buried. Nothing to see.
Lock 9 3rd Welland Canal 43.161907997163524, -79.20761670917273 Lock 9 of the now abandoned 3rd Welland Canal is now buried beneath this park area. No remnants left of this site.
Lock 8 3rd Welland Canal 43.16411485150152, -79.21272363513708 This is the approximate location of where lock 8 was located. It is now buried in someone's backyard between Franklin Blvd and Milton Road.
Lock 7 3rd Welland Canal 43.176661029748686, -79.23610730096698 The approximate location of where lock 7 of the 3rd Welland Canal was located
Lock 6 3rd Welland Canal 43.18003307026256, -79.24276990815997 This is the aproximat location were lock 6 of the abandoned 3rd Welland Canal was located. Now buried no remnants to see
Lock 5 3rd Welland Canal 43.18791087064398, -79.25697488710284 This is where lock 5 of the 3rd Welland Canal would have been. There is nothing to see just a large hill with the massive lock buried beneath.
Lock 4 3rd Welland Canal 43.18917810805443, -79.2594532482326 Here is the location of lock 4 of the 3rd Welland Canal. Mostly filled in but the tops of the rock walls are still visible.
Lock 3 3rd Welland Canal 43.1917359700833, -79.26568670198321 This is the location of Lock 3. There is nothing to see as it was buried many years ago. You will notice a hill, the stone lock is underneath
Lock 2 3rd Welland Canal 43.193289887166074, -79.2672451492399 Here is the location of lock 2 of the old abandoned 3rd Welland Canal now located in Jaycee Gardens Park. Lock 3 is now buried in the park and no longer visible.
Lock 1 3rd Welland Canal 43.1989787531331, -79.26519317552447 This is the location of Lock 1 of the 3rd Welland Canal.
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  1. Jim Upper

    August 6, 2016 at 6:06 pm

    just north of the Welland Canal Service Road and under the Seaway Haulage Road is the old tunnel for steam trains. It is located on property that is MARSEC controlled by SLSMC Security and off limits. It is gated and locked.

    • Urbex Ontario

      August 6, 2016 at 9:23 pm

      Thanks for sharing 🙂 so many interesting things to explore around the old Welland Canals

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