Saimaa canal and Canal museum are Saimaa Geopark’s natural and cultural site. 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 Mälkiä-Mustola area.

More information about the Saimaa canal (GoSaimaa)

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 on these links: Saimaa Canal museum, in Finnish (Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency) and Saimaa Canal museum (Visit Lappeenranta)

There is a Saimaa Geopark sign at the Saimaa Canal’s Mälkiä lock parking area: Contents of the Saimaa canal sign (pdf)

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. More information about the trail (South Karelian Foundation for Recreation Areas)

You can also find information about the Saimaa canal and Canal museum here


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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