The Falkirk Wheel is once again set to meet a cross-Atlantic challenge to see how many canoes and kayaks it can hold at one time as part of a revolutionary festival on June 29th.
Lock & Paddle – an annual event where Parks Canada tries to break the record for the number of paddlers that can fit in the Peterborough Lift Lock in Ontario – is set to form the centrepiece of The Falkirk Wheel’s Revolution Festival this June.
The current record for the Canadian event stands at 328. The Falkirk Wheel’s first attempt in 2018 – the first time a boat lift outside Canada had taken part – saw over 50 paddlers take part. It’s hoped that the 2019 event will build on last year’s success, with many more paddlers participating to tackle the record.
The Revolution Festival on June 29th will offer fun for all the family, featuring an array of unique events, performances, and copious amounts of cake. Visitors will be able to enjoy a Segway safari, live entertainment, water play plus more special events still to be announced. The festival will run from 11am to 5:00pm.
For those looking to refuel during the festivities, there’ll be stone-baked pizza, artisan ice cream from Falkirk-based parlour The Milk Barn, and an array of sweet and savoury treats on offer in the Wheel’s café.
Held at the Peterborough Lift Lock in Ontario for the past three years, Lock & Paddle is organized by the Peterborough Lift Lock National Historic Site of Canada in partnership with The Canadian Canoe Museum and The Land Canadian Adventures. A designated historic site of Canada, the Peterborough Lift Lock carries vessels on the Trent-Severn Waterway over a height difference of 19.8 metres. When completed in 1904, it was the highest hydraulic lift lock ever built.The Falkirk Wheel, a working sculpture which links the Forth & Clyde Canal to the Union Canal 35 metres above, has welcomed more than 6.5 million visitors – more than the populations of Northern Ireland and Wales combined – since its opening by Her Majesty The Queen in 2002.
Scotland’s busiest tourist attraction outwith a city centre location, The Falkirk Wheel attracts visitors from all over the world keen to marvel at the working sculpture which combines modern engineering and technology with ancient principles set out by Archimedes more than 2000 years ago.
When one of the structure’s gondolas is lowered, the opposite one rises, keeping the vast, 1800 tonne boat lift in perfect balance as it carries canal barges 35 metres into the air in a matter of minutes. Each gondola holds 500,000 litres of water – enough to fill an Olympic swimming pool. Incredibly, because of the design and application of balance and weight, it takes just 1.5kWh – the same power as it would take to boil eight domestic kettles – for each rotation.