Canal Days Welcome


For those with a taste for adventure, visit Port Colborne July 29 - August 1, 2016

2016 celebrates the 38th annual Canal Days Marine Heritage Festival offers activities and attractions that will enliven the senses. Vessels gather in Port Colborne each Civic holiday weekend, for a four-day celebration of history and heritage along the canal. Explore the decks, try your hand at the wheel, or feel the spray as you cruise the Empire Sandy, Tall Ship, the Hamilton Harbour Queen on Lake Erie or the E.M. Cotter Fire Boat along the Canal wall. 

Vessel - Griffon, Canal Days Port ColborneNestled 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.

 fireworks boat

The Canal Days Marine Heritage Festival encompasses the entire community, with activities at a dozen different venues: HH Knoll Lakeview Park hosts Ontario’s Largest outdoor Classic Car and International 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. At the Roselawn Centre Saturday & Sunday offers two days of live entertainment. Festival guests can ride the free Canal Days shuttle to the Vale Centre where the indoor Craft Show is held. 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. 2016 Canal Days Marine Heritage Festival will feature once again feature celebratory fireworks which 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: July 29-August 1, 2016. 






Please Note:
Canal Days Marine Heritage Festival reminds you to leave your pets at home. 





2015 Port Colborne Canal Days Economic Impact Study