Repairs to the Kirkfield Lift Lock: Modified lockages for through traffic only

Parks Canada advises that the Kirkfield Lift Lock will begin single-chamber lockages for through traffic only beginning on Monday, September 26, 2022. If your vessel cannot be trailered and you need to return to your home port, it is mandatory that you contact us as soon as possible by email at

The historic Kirkfield Lift Lock is located a few kilometres north of the Village of Kirkfield. The Kirkfield Lift Lock is the second highest hydraulic lift lock in the world with a lift of 15 metres (49 ft). The lock is situated at the highest point along the Waterway at 256.20 meters (840.5 ft) above sea level. Most boaters prefer to stay on the lower reach to avoid the stairs and gain easy access to the washrooms.

Getting here
  • Address: 2023 Kirkfield Road, County Road #6, Kirkfield, Ontario
  • Nautical chart: #2025 (more on Nautical charts)
  • Kilometer marker: 272.6 km (mile 169.4)
  • GPS: 44°35'23.0"N 78°59'24.0"W

Hours of Operation


Navigational data
  • Lock length: 42.2 m (138 ft)
  • Lock width: 10.2 m (33 ft)
  • Average lift: 14.9 m (49 ft)
  • Max. mooring period: 2 nights

Facilities and services
  • Overnight mooring
  • Camping (not recommended)
  • Washrooms
  • Potable water
  • Picnic area
  • Visitor information
Construction of the Kirkfield lockstation
Constructed: 1900-1905

Part of the Simcoe-Balsam Lake section, the contract for the Kirkfield Lift Lock was awarded to Larkin and Sangster. Unlike the Peterborough Lift Lock, this construction utilized metal frames rather than concrete towers to guide the metal tubs. Today the site is located in the middle of the Carden Alvar, where spring floods and dry summers provide a unique habitat for many rare species.

Tourism information
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