Thorold ’s slogan as a town is “Where Ships Climb a Mountain” and in Thorold Ontario visitors can view the Welland Canal and see ships literally climb a mountain. Here water combined with gravity lifts and lowers ships and pleasure crafts in a watertight lock. More then 3,000 lakers and ocean going vessels carry 40,000,000 metric tons of cargo through eight locks every year and represent one of the world’s biggest and simplest engineering marvels. Plan to exit your vehicle and get an up close look at the passing freighters if you are stopped by one of the bridges. In Thorold visitors have the extra benefit of viewing the twin locks which allow more then one ship to pass through.
The township of Thorold includes the hamlets of Allanburg, Beaverdams, Port Robinson, St. John’s and Thorold South and was incorporated in 1798 while the Town of Thorold was incorporated as a village in 1850 and a town in 1875. In 1824 the Welland Canal was built. The fourth and present Welland Canal that we see today was completed in 1932. Every year thousands of tourists visit the area to view the huge ships being lifted and lowered through locks as they make their way from one great lake to another. Although Thorold is not the only place in the world where you can see this but Thorold's locks are unique because they lift ships higher, over a shorter distance.
Thorold is situated in the heart of the Niagara Region and is within 30 minutes of four international bridge crossings to the United States. Visit the Mel Swart Lake Gibson Conservation Area. Here you will find a 27 acre naturalized park on the shores of Lake Gibson. There is also a boardwalk where you can take a stroll and enjoy the many birds that flock to the area or try your luck fishing for rock bass in Lake Gibson. Short Hills Provincial Park provides acres of recreational trails for hiking biking and even horse back riding. For a great view of the second Welland Canal follow the Merritt Trail which winds its way through the city.
Lake Gibson, in Thorold supplies much of the drinking water for the surrounding region.