Address: Vääksyntie , 17200 Vääksy
The beautiful Vääksy Canal milieu has enchanted its visitors for decades. You can take a walk at the canal park or admire the natural beauty of Vääksynjoki river. It is fascinating to follow the boats and ships floating in the canal and through the lock.
By Vääksyntie road and canal you can find many small shops. True Finnish food souvenirs you can buy from Vääksyn Mylly mill.
When hungry, head to for example Majakkapaviljonki pavilion by the canal. From the pavilion opens a great view over Lake Päijänne. Or try Kanavan Panimo brewery's summer restaurant or Kanavan Kunkku, both by the canal. For a coffee break we recommend for example Kanavan helmi, Ranskalainen kyläkauppa or Kardemumma.
For sightseeing Päijännetalo is a must place to visit. It is a free time fishing museum offering a great overview of sweet water fishing and presenting the history of Lauri Rapala, the man behind the famous Rapala lures. By the canal you can find also Vesimyllymuseo - water mill museum and several summer arts exhibitions. Norrlin Park, by Vääksynjoki river, gives a good and easy opportunity to enjoy nature and to relax for a while.
I good idea is to hop on a lake cruise boat from Lahti and travel to Vääksy canal by water. Päijänne-Risteilyt Hilden's boat on the route Lahti-Heinola stop also at Vääksy. You can spend the day in Vääksy and then take a local bus back to Lahti.