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Walls of Wonder

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It’s well worth the trip to Thorold to see the evocative and exciting murals that comprise one of Canada’s largest collections of ‘wall’ art.  The brain-child of artist Shawn Reimer and the result of many hours of volunteer work on the part of the citizens of the area, Thorold’s larger-than-life outdoor art show is painted on aluminum panels to ensure they will survive long after the buildings to which they’re attached. Each mural celebrates an aspect of the history of Thorold, from the canal to the people who have worked and lived their lives around it.  See the salute to the fire department and to Thorold’s schools, view the unique cannonball bicycle made in Thorold, learn the history of the bombing of Lock 24 and be sure to watch for the newest addition: a tribute to Thorold’s sporting past.

Park at the Lock and Tourist Centre in Thorold and take a stroll.  You’ll find the murals on the Welland Canals Parkway Trail, between Locks Six and Seven. For more information, visit www.thoroldmurals.com

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Liz Fleming, Managing Editor of NaturallyinNiagara.ca, is an award-winning journalist who writes a weekly travel gear column for The Toronto Star as well as regular travel features for The Toronto Star, The Toronto Sun, Cruise and Travel Lifestyles Magazine and CAA Travel. She’s currently a featured commentator on the Astral Media radio stations in southern Ontario, providing daily travel ‘minutes’ and is the editor of WO, the White Oaks Magazine.

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