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Port Colborne’s Heritage Celebrated at Canal Days

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A summer in Niagara isn’t complete with a zip down the waterfront to a lakefront community with plenty of personality. Port Colborne will play host to its annual celebration of marine heritage with Canal Days running from August 2 – 5 in the city’s downtown core.

The celebration will showcase the Tall Ships that will sail into the port town offering attendees the opportunity to explore the decks, stand at the helm or experience the lake breeze as you cruise Lake Erie aboard the majestic vessels. There is plenty more to enjoy with family activities, live music, street food and busker-style entertainment throughout the city streets.

Previous years have seen more than 300,000 attendees and the 2013 celebration promises to be their best yet. Listed below are some highlights we think should be on your “must-see” list of attractions.

Seaway Park Children’s Area 
Take the kids to celebrate summer with a visit to this hotspot of family-friendly entertainment. There will be games and plenty of interactive activities to make awesome memories.

Port Colborne Marine Museum
The marine history of Port Colborne is on display in this museum with attendees present to discuss and explain the story of a town that has a rich history. Heritage artisans are also on hand to demonstrate their trades and explaining their historical significance.

Indoor Craft Show 
Festival-goers can ride the free Canal Days shuttle to take in the indoor craft show. There’ll be kiosks galore, so you’ll be able to get your long-weekend shopping fix with vendors offering handmade and beautiful wares!

Live Music in Market Square

Friday August 2nd – 7:00pm
Time Giant
Bleeker Ridge
Tea Party

Saturday August 3rd – 7:00pm
Rich and the Poor Boys
Downchild Blues Band
April Wine

Sunday August 4th – 12:00pm
Liam McGloashon and Liam’s Kitchen Party Band
The Tara Dunphy Trio
The Caroline Keane and Tom Delany Duo
The Sea Sick Sailors

Monday August 5th – 12:00pm
Sister Act
The Caverners

Make sure to check out our video from last year!

The Author

Allie Hughes is the wine and culinary contributor to Naturally in Niagara, feasting on the decadent experience that is life in this region. With a fine wine sensibility honed at the International Sommelier Guild, Allie is taking the journey of Niagara by the glass with you with each new taste. Allie is also the creative mind behind the marketing of the Canadian Food and Wine Institute, and owner of Hughes & Co., a boutique social strategy firm.

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