Visit Port Colborne
The Canal Days Marine Heritage Festival offers activities and attractions that will enliven the senses. The Tall Ships gather in Port Colborne each Civic holiday weekend, for a four-day celebration of history and heritage. Explore the decks, try your hand at the wheel, or feel the spray as you cruise a Tall Ship on Lake Erie.
Nestled at the juncture of the Welland Canal and the Lake Erie north shore, Port Colborne is a working marine community, with rich nautical history and welcoming hospitality. At the height of summer, the entire city takes time to celebrate the reasons why this picturesque town has grown and prospered – our marine heritage and our connection to the St. Lawrence Seaway and the seafaring world at large.
The Canal Days Festival encompasses the entire community, with activities at a dozen different venues: HH Knoll Lakeview Park hosts Ontario’s largest outdoor classic car and kite show. The Seaway Park children’s area has games, entertainment and kid’s activities throughout the weekend. At the Port Colborne Marine Museum the history of the Canal is on display, and heritage artisans can be seen working their trade. Festival guests can ride the free Canal Days shuttle to the West side indoor Craft Show. Festival food and shopping kiosks fill historic West Street, and the Market Square concert venue features top notch entertainment nightly.
Each year more than 300,000 people visit the festival over four days. Friends, families, and former residents return and reminisce, and Canal Days continues to grow by bounds. An ever-changing roster of activities has redefined Canal Days again and again, and as the festival moves into its fourth decade, that growth will continue as the festival blooms again. 2013 Canal Days will feature once again youth entertainment programming, and the 5th anunal Canal Days Mountain Bike Race. Celebratory fireworks will light the night sky.
A source of great community pride, Canal Days is Port Colborne’s signature event, and it is the scores of local volunteers who work tirelessly that make this unique event Niagara’s premier summer festival. The Canal Days Marine Heritage Festival, Port Colborne: August 1-4, 2014.