The perfect place to wait for your ship to come in is along the Welland Canal in Southern Ontario, Canada, about a 45 minute drive from Buffalo. Last week my daughter and I drove along the canal and found a lot of interesting things to do.
We started in Port Colborne, which has one of the world’s largest locks. We watched a ship enter the lock from lock #8 Park. There are also a number of delightful shops and restaurants along West Street, which overlooks the canal.
In Welland there are over 20 murals that depict early canal history located throughout the downtown area. We also discovered the Seaway Mall, which has lots of nice shops. In Thorold, stop by the Lock 7 Viewing Complex and learn the legend behind the kissing Rock. Between Thorold and St. Catharines, you’ll pass the twinned flight locks 4, 5, and 6.
One of the best places to view ships in the canal is at the Welland canals center at Lock 3. This complex has a raised platform to see the entire lock, as well as a couple of museums, a gift shop, food concessions and tourism information.