Peterborough Lift Lock

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The Peterborough Lift Locks, on the Trent-Severn Canal, Ontario, Canada, partway through its cycle.

The Peterborough lift lock and Kirkfield lift lock, are two lift locks of the same design on the Trent-Severn canal in Ontario, Canada.

The locks were completed in 1904. They use twin counter-balanced caissons. The lock mechanisms is water-powered.

According to a city of Peterborough site the lock basins hold 1300 tons of water.[1]

According to an archives of Canada site, the basins hold 1542 tons.[2] The basins are 140 feet long, 33 feet wide and 9 feet 10 inches deep.

The vertical lift at the Peterborough lift lock is 20 metres. The vertical lift at the Kirkfield lift lock is 15 metres.


  1. The Peterborough Lift Lock, City of Peterborough. Retrieved on 2008-04-21.
  2. Peterborough Lift Lock, Archives of Canada. Retrieved on 2008-04-21.