Natural and Cultural sites Saimaa canal and Canal museum

Built through the First Salpausselkä’s chain of ice-marginal formations, the Saimaa canal is a historically significant canal route that connects the Lake Saimaa watercourse through Vyborg to the Gulf of Finland. Construction of the canal began in 1845 and was opened to traffic on September 7, 1856. The Saimaa canal was renewed and extended several times in the 20th century. There are canal structures and buildings from different eras around the canal in the Mälkiän-Mustola area.

More information about the canal can be found here

There is a Saimaa Canal Museum near the Mälkiä lock. The museum is housed in the former official residence of the canal’s senior district manager. You can find more information about the museum here

There is a Saimaa Geopark sign at the Saimaa Canal’s Mälkiä lock parking area, contents of the sign:

The Saimaa Canal Cultural Trail (Saimaan kanavan kulttuuripolku) runs by the side of the canal, between the locks of Mustola and Mälkiä. The trail is mostly easy, but there are stairs along the way. You can find more information about the trail here

You can also find information about the Saimaa canal on the South Karelian Foundation for Recreation Areas’ website


Coordinates:  x= 570316 y= 6771544 (ETRS-TM35FIN)

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Coordinates: 61.072332429, 28.303105399 (ETRS89 maantieteelliset(~WGS84))


image: Kaisa-Maria Remes


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