Lock & Paddle Returns to The Falkirk Wheel

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.

“We’re delighted to be taking part in Lock & Paddle again in 2019. After great interest and participation from paddlers last year, we hope to build on that success and fit even more paddlers into the world’s only rotating boat lift this year.

As well as the battle of the boat lifts, we’ve got some great activities planned on the water, the banks and beyond for the Revolution Festival. I’d encourage everyone to come along and experience everything The Falkirk Wheel has to offer.”

Mark Smith - Head of Destinations

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.

Further details Lock & Paddle, including details of how to register to take part, can be found on the Scottish Canals website and on The Falkirk Wheel’s Facebook page.


Notes to Editors

About Scottish Canals

Scottish Canals is responsible to the Scottish Government for the management and development of the Union, Monkland, Forth & Clyde, Crinan and Caledonian Canals. As well as the waterways themselves, Scottish Canals care for bridges, buildings, locks, The Falkirk Wheel, The Kelpies and water supply reservoirs in locations across Scotland. The reservoirs cover an area equivalent to 7,494 football pitches and supply the canals with the 332 million litres of water which flow through them each day

The Forth & Clyde, Union and Monkland canals in the Lowlands, the Crinan Canal in Argyll and the Caledonian Canal in the Highlands together extend over 137 miles from coast to coast, across country and into the cities of Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness.

Built two hundred years ago to fire the Industrial Revolution, today the canals contribute to the Scottish Government agenda of developing a Greener; Healthier; Smarter; Safer and Stronger; and Wealthier and Fairer Scotland by acting as a catalyst for sustainable economic development, regeneration and tourism; contributing to education, biodiversity, heritage and promoting active living and healthier lifestyles. The Forth & Clyde, Union, Monkland, Caledonian and Crinan canals are recognised as Scheduled Monuments and attract 22million visits per year.

For more information, visit www.scottishcanals.co.uk or follow @ScottishCanals on Twitter

For further information, please contact:

Chris McDonald at Scottish Canals on 07917217608 or email Chris.McDonald@scottishcanals.co.uk

Kimberly Manderson at Scottish Canals on 07976526694 or email Kimberly.Manderson@scottishcanals.co.uk

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