2nd Welland Canal - 1845 - 1915

With the growing use of the Welland Canal, and ships getting bigger, a new larger canal was needed. The Second Welland Canal consisted of 27 locks and was used until 1881, although the canal itself continued to be used for local transportation of goods and power until around 1915. The Second Welland Canal followed mostly the same route as the First Welland Canal, changing the wooden locks to those made of limestone. Entering in through Port Dalhousie, up the Twelve Mile Creek and then turned at Dick's Creek. There is actually a lot of the Second Welland Canal to be found as most of it is used as an open air sewer system today. Many of the 27 locks are intact and visible. Below you find a photo tour of the remains;