It was a perfect day to pack a picnic and head out to a new town. We picked Port Colborne, a fantastic town just along lake Erie, and the historical Welland Canal. Port Colborne is North of St. Catharine’s, where St. Catharine’s in my opinion has very little charm, Port Colborne has charm and history coming out of its wazoo.
There is a fantastic bike/walk trail that runs along the canal, and has the most spectacular scenery. It is nice, flat, and long stretch. We decided to pack our son’s scooter, so that he could scoot and we walk the whole way. It turned out the be a fantastic decision, as it he loved combining scooting with walking, then sitting and watching the ships come in.
“The Welland Canal is important because of its ability to move ships full of cargo up and down the Niagara Escarpment and therefore contribute to the economic growth and development of Canada and the United States. Approximately 40,000,000 metric tonnes of cargo is carried through the Welland Canal annually by over 3,000 ocean and lake vessels. What makes the Welland Canal fascinating is how it moves these ships up and down the escarpment. The canal utilizes its most abundant resource – water, combined with the Earth’s gravity to lift and lower ships in a watertight chamber called a lock. It is an example of brilliant, yet simple innovative engineering.” Welland Canal.
The Canal trail is easy to find, as it is along the actual canal. It is relatively flat, and paved wich makes it stroller friendly for families.
What to pack:
Sunscreen, plenty of it. On a summer day, with the breeze, it can be easy to forget how quickly one can burn.
Money for ice cream
Bathing suits and picnic for the end, where there is a great splash park, park, and picnic area. It includes a chip stand, washroom and ice cream stand. What is not to love about that!
Walking over the lift bridge, looking up and seeing the house perched on top.
These 2, enjoying the walk/scoot. By the end, the little man was so tired, Daddy pulled him along on his scooter.
The trail is pretty well-marked, you can’t exactly miss it.
The architecture is absolutely fantastic.