Visit the tourist office close to the Welland Canal. The friendly staff is very helpful.
Thorold is located between Welland and St. Catharines on the famous "Welland Canal". Already in the year 1870 Thorold was incorporated as a town.
For me the main attractions are the locks.
It is really impressing to watch how big boats are lifted or lowered. There are some spots to watch these procedures. I wish some improvements would be considered. This is one of the major landmarks of Thorold!
The same boat seen from the other side
When the canal is not closed I always can see many people trying to watch the incoming or leaving boats going through the impressing lock system.
It may not be easy to improve parking and built some raised viewing points - but it is not impossible. and should be done.
On the other hand Thorold did already many good things to make the town attractive.
A boat without any freight?
Major components for wind turbines are already shipped on the Welland Canal
Thorold spends lots of efforts to attract visitors from all over the world. Historic buildings are well kept and introduced in a special brochure. Houses which are over 150 years old are considered to be important to show the heritage of a town. Thorold made a good decision to protect many of them which adds to the flair of tis city.
Maybe you go on a little photo safari.
It is a pleasure to visit downtown Thorold
Get more information about historical events in this area. Most of them are unfortunately related to the war between America and England.
In the "Battle of Beaver Dams" the Americans who tried a surprise attack were defeated by British regulars and Caugnhnawaga Mohawks in 1813.
Outside of Thorold you can enjoy one of the last "Drive-in Theatres" in Ontario. Ironically it was one time severely damaged by a storm when the movie "Twisters" was shown.
Go to "Merritville Speedway" if you want to see a stock car race. Elizabeth, my wife, went to all these attractions when we had a young Swiss student as a guest in our house. She was improving her English at the Niagara College in Welland. Both had always a great time together.
If you want to stay in Thorold - no problem. All kinds of accommodations are available.
The "Beaverdams Church" from 1832 needs help
Please explore the area around Beaverdams Road and Decew Road. Enlarge above Google Map.
At the "Mel Swart-Lake Gibson Conservation Park"
Enjoy a sunset
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