Join a Park Ranger for a guided tour of the Pawtucket Canal – the oldest canal in Lowell's historic 5.6-mile canal system. Travel from the heart of downtown Lowell to the site of Guard Locks Gatehouse while you learn about the historic canal system, the workers who built and maintained it, and its role in the Industrial City.
*Water Levels Permitting - Visitors may have the option to climb a small historic granite staircase and explore the site of Guard Locks Gatehouse on foot.
Tours begin at the Lowell National Historical Park Visitor Center, 246 Market Street.
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All boats are equipped with water safety equipment, including lifejackets for adults and youth. We do not require lifejackets to be worn on tours, but they are available for use if necessary.
Canal boats are not wheelchair accessible for boarding. Boarding boats requires climbing 3 steps up and 3 steps down. Visitors who have some mobility and have a wheelchair, walker, etc. will be able to stow their folded items.
Tours will proceed rain or shine but may be cancelled due to other severe weather or water conditions.
Boarding tour boats may involve walking on uneven ground, including grassy, wood, brick, and granite surfaces, as well as floating or stationary boat docks. Passengers must exercise caution and follow the safety instructions of the tour ranger and boat crew members.
Tour boats are not covered, and there is minimal shade along the tour route. Passengers should dress for the weather, use sunscreen, wear a hat or other head covering, and stay hydrated during their tour.
Free parking is available at the HCID Parking Garage with ticket validation at the Lowell National Historical Park Visitor Center.
Passengers must check-in at the park Visitor Center, 246 Market Street, at least 15 minutes before your tour is scheduled to depart.
Coast Guard regulations limit the number of individuals on the boat, please include children and infants in your total count when making your reservation.
Food is not allowed on tour boats. Water is allowed and a filling station is available in the Visitor Center.
Restrooms are available at the Lowell National Historical Park Visitor Center. There are no restrooms available while on the tour.