The Saimaa Canal is a transportation canal that connects lake Saimaa with the Gulf of Finland near Vyborg, Russia. The canal was built from 1845 to 1856 and opened on 7 September 1856 .
It was overhauled and widened in 1963–1968.
A system of inland waterways and canals in the 120 interconnected lakes of the south-central and south-east part of Finland are reached through the canal. The network of deep channels in Lake Saimaa with at least a draught of 4.2 metres covers 814 kilometres . The deep channels extend all the way to Kuopio in Central Finland.
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