Elblag-Ostroda Canal is a wonderful work of hydraulic engineering and a world-class monument. Thanks to it, thousands tons of wood, food and steel was transported to this region. What is more, canal provided significant development for the region. Canal has 80.5 km in length. It can accommodate small vessels up to 50 tons displacement. The difference in water levels approaches 100 m and is overcome using lock and a remarkable system of tracks between lakes. Due to large differences in height between lakes, an ingenious system of inclined planes was employed. In order to make up a 100 m difference in levels, ships are transported on land, on tracks.
Today the Canal is used mainly for recreational purposes. It is considered one of the most significant monuments related to the history of technology and was listed by UNESCO as a memorial to world culture inheritances.
It is one of the greatest tourist attractions in Northern Poland. Boat trips are organised from Elbląg to Maldyty and Ostroda as well as trips just to see the slipways in operation.