- August 2, 2017
- Posted by: Jason Duliban
- Category: Events
This year the 39th Annual Canal Days Marine Heritage will offer its visitors various unique attractions. The time has arrived when Port Colborne is filled with tourists and families from across the country that come to enjoy one the best combinations of heritage and history. The four-day festival will celebrate the long history and heritage of the canal and offer its visitors a unique opportunity to explore the decks of Empire Sandy or cruise around in it.
The port has a rich nautical history that helped in development of the town. The festival celebrates the prosperity and development in the region due to marine activities.
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What to expect at Port Colborne?
Some famous cruise liners and boats are on display, offering the visitors an adventurous opportunity to explore the seas. Activities on Port Colborne are not limited to marine activities, there are many other attractions offering entertainment for all ages. You can enjoy the kiosks, food stalls, indoor craft shows, market square concerts, fireworks, etc.
Canal Days is known for attracting thousands of visitors each year with more than 400,000 visitors expected in 2017. If you are looking for a family getaway that is full of adventure, Canal Days is the place to be.
Interestingly, there is a lot of history linked to Canal Days and the Niagara River is what divides the United States and Canada. Canal Days offers a unique opportunity to explore Canada’s marine history, its connection to St. Lawrence Seaway and seafaring world.
Port Colborne Canal Days vendors are hospitable and offer a range of products and souvenirs for you to take back home. You can buy mementos such as t-shirts, coffee mugs, caps and other collectibles at affordable prices.
For a complete guide to all the events happening during the weekend please visit the official Canal Days Program
Lighting the Night Skies
One of the biggest attractions of Port Colborne is the fireworks display, lighting the night skies. Last year’s fireworks were remarkable and put on a great show. The interesting thing about Port Colborne is that the list of activities keeps changing year after year. This means that people who have visited the festival in the past can re-visit for a completely different experience.
Canal Days Festival is Port Colborne’s signature event – an event every town member rejoices.
Concerts will be taking place Friday, Saturday and Sunday during Canal Days at Market Square in Port Colborne:
Friday, August 4th at 7:30pm
- The Standstills
- Say Yes
- 2017 HTZ-FM Rock Search Winner
Saturday, August 5th at 7:30pm
- Big Sugar
- The Sadies
- Julian Taylor
Sunday, August 6th at 12:00pm
- The Caverners
- Tim”e” and the Yes Men
Visit the online Concert Schedule for more information!
Events taking place all weekend
In addition to the events in the above graphic, the following events will be happening everyday throughout the festival:
- Downtown Attractions – West Street and surround areas
- Marine Attractions
- Learn to Fish Interactive
- Niagara Peninsula Amateur Radio Club
- Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation
- Bass Pro Shops Interactive
- Museum Attractions – King Street
- Taste of Canal Days – West Street & Charlotte Street, West Street & Park Street
- Townsend’s Amusements – Princess Street at King & West
- Scotiabank Patio on West – West Street
- Vale Kids Zone – Seaway Park
- Lakeshore Catholic High School
- Toddler Play Area
- Dale’s Best Kettle Corn
- Pony Paradise
- Watt man Children’s Train Rides
- Region Water Wagon
- Fairy Faces Face Painting
- District Shrine Club Port& Colborne/Welland
- Vessels – West Street
Entering the festival area only requires a donation of $2 or $5 which is collected at the gates. You will need to show a valid ID for identification purposes. To buy an alcoholic beverage you must present a valid ID and be at least 19 years old.
Valid ID Forms:
- Government issued permanent residency card
- Driver’s license
- A Canadian passport
- Government issued identification cards
- Photo card issued under The Photo Card Act (2008)
Rules for Pet Owners
Unfortunately, pets are not allowed at Canal Days Festival. This makes it a perfect opportunity to enjoy the festival without worrying about your pet. Port Colborne is usually crowded during the festival and it is wise to keep your pet at home for its own safety. Handling your pet around strangers can cause unnecessary burden and discomfort.
If you love adventure and want to learn more about your roots, Port Colborne Canal Days Festival is guaranteed to fulfill all your desires. Make sure you capture some amazing photographs throughout your weekend of fun.