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– Psalms 46:2-3
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The Panama Canal is an Industrial Era Wonder in Civilization VI: Gathering Storm. It must be built on a flat land tile where there are two adjacent tiles directly across the build tile from one another that meet the following criteria: one adjacent tile must be able to legally hold the Canal district connecting into the Panama Canal construction tile; the other must be either a city, a water tile or a tile that can hold a connecting Canal.

  • Effects:
    • Upon completion, 1 or 2 adjacent Canal districts are automatically constructed.
    • The Canal Wonder tile can now be crossed by naval units.
    • +10 Gold Gold


This Wonder is identical to the regular Canal, except for the fact that it can span multiple tiles instead of one. Think of it as a special replacement for Canals since literally, this Wonder does not do anything more than its district counterpart. Therefore, if you want to build the Panama Canal, think about whether or not you can build a one-tile waterway using the regular Canal anywhere else that can serve the same purpose. If so, you can use one Military Engineer to speed up up to 40% of Canal construction (80% if you are playing as England), which you cannot do with the Panama Canal.

To use this Wonder effectively, you need to know how to use the Canal effectively, so please check here for additional information. Since this Wonder is even more situational than an already very situational Canal district, its priority should be very low on your list, especially in the early Industrial Era when you have a lot of new, more crucial infrastructure unlocked.

Only the main Wonder tile is counted as a Wonder, thus only this tile gives major adjacency bonus to Theater Squares, the supporting tile(s) behave like regular Canal(s), thus will give major adjacency bonus to Industrial Zones. (Additionally, they won't remove terrain features like Woods, Rainforest and Marsh.)

Civilopedia entry[]

On August 15, 1914, just after the start of World War I, the Panama Canal officially opened. This direct water passage through Panama to link the Atlantic and Pacific oceans was first dreamed of in the 1500s, but it took several failed attempts and hundreds of years to see the project to fruition. Stretching for 50 miles across the Panama isthmus, the project was completed under supervision of the United States and remained under their control until 1999, when control passed to Panama.

The canal itself is made up of man-made lakes separated by a system of locks. Using chambers in the locks locks, ships can be raised or lowered to match the water level at the next lake before continuing their journey through the canal.

Today, about 14,000 ships cross through the Panama Canal each year, and each one pays a toll based on its type, size, and cargo.


Related achievements[]

Sid Meier's Ditchdigging Simulator
Sid Meier's Ditchdigging Simulator
Use two cities and the Panama Canal to make 7 contiguous land tiles passable by ships.
Possibly a reference to Sid Meier's simulation games. Sid Meier is also the creator of the Civilization franchise as a whole.
A Man A Plan A Canal Panama
A Man A Plan A Canal Panama
Build the Panama Canal as Teddy Roosevelt
A palindromic phrase used in homage to President Theodore Roosevelt, whose pet project the canal was.
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