Recreational Boating

Pleasure Craft Tolls

Canadian Locks

Canadian Locks accept tickets purchased online, in advance, at the link below (PayPal website).

Pleasure Craft Toll per Lock: $30 (cash, U.S. or Canadian funds)

  • Users who purchase tickets via the dispensers will be charged $30 per lock (Canadian funds).
  • Users who purchase tickets via the internet (PayPal) will benefit from a $5.00 rebate.

Automatic ticket dispensers are installed at both ends of each lock in the Montreal/Lake Ontario section and at either end of the Welland Canal. The dispensers accept only credit cards.

For locks in the Montreal/Lake Ontario section, you will require one ticket per lock transit, with the exception of the Beauharnois locks, where a single ticket (at a price equivalent to two locks) is valid for transit of both the lower and upper Beauharnois locks. Present your ticket to the officer in charge at each lock, with the exception of the two Beauharnois locks, where the ticket (valid for both locks) is collected at the lower lock.

For the Welland Canal, a single ticket (at a price equivalent to eight locks) is applicable to the transit of the eight locks, and this ticket will be presented to the officer in charge at Lock 3.

Note that a separate ticket will be required for each transit which needs to be printed and presented to the lock personnel.


American Locks

Pleasure Craft Toll per Lock: $30 (cash, U.S. or Canadian funds)

At the American locks in the Montreal/Lake Ontario section, tolls for upbound craft will be collected by the officer in charge at the Bertrand H. Snell lock. Tolls for downbound craft will be collected by the officer in charge at the Dwight D. Eisenhower lock. Every effort should be made to have the exact toll (cash) available. No premium will be allowed for currency exchange rates.

American locks do not accept credit cards nor sell tickets at the locks; however, tickets can be purchased in advance at the www.pay.gov website (via the link below).




The tolls apply only to pleasure craft up to 300 gross registered tonnes. Larger craft are subject to the regular tolls payable under the Seaway Schedule of Tolls which is included in the Seaway Handbook, together with the Seaway Practices and Procedures. The Handbook is available on the internet at
www.greatlakes-seaway.com