Canal Days Museum Attractions

 
 

The Port Colborne Historical and Marine Museum

Canal Days Grouds

Canal Days at the Museum is your destination for marine displays and photographs as well as railway, airplane and ship models. Enjoy the Great Lakes Model Boat Association’s remote control boat show in action and the Niagara Antique Power Association’s demonstrations from corn shucking to steam whistles. Watch artisans demonstrate blacksmithing, woodcarving, wool spinning, chair caning, and rope ladder-making throughout the heritage village. 

Visit with the 2nd Regiment Lincoln Militia 1812 re-enactors. The whole family can enjoy some toe-tapping live Folk, Country, and Maritime music under a canopy of shade. Satisfy your taste buds with food prepared by Mary Jane Smith from Riverside Berry Farm.

Antique Power

Savour tea and freshly-baked biscuits in Arabella’s Edwardian Tea Room. Print a free souvenir using the museum’s heritage press.

Explore our exhibits in the main gallery:

The noble experiment: temperance & prohibition The demon rum? Or a cup that cheers? Canadians have been arguing about alcohol for at least two hundred years! This exhibit on loan from the Peterborough Museum and Archives explores the debate that affected Canadians on every level: from their homes to the national and international stages. Commemorating 100 years since the start of prohibition in Ontario, this travelling exhibit will be complemented by artifacts from our own collection.

Call to action! port colborne under threat - In 1866, the sleepy village of Port colborne became the staging area for defense during the last invasion into Canada. Being situated on the Welland Canal with two railway lines, Port Colborne was the ideal location to muster regular forces and the militia to counter the Fenian threat. Learn about the Welland Canal field Battery and the important role played by local residents during the 1866 Fenian Raid, and Battle of Ridgeway. In honour of the 150th anniversary of the Fenian Invasion, this exhibit explores the important role of the Canadian Militia in this conflict.

Pulling into port-  The most recent additions to our model ship collection will be on display in the Marine Exhibit Lighthouse. 

 

Auction

One week, all-inclusive trip for two aboard a working laker on the Great Lakes donated by Lower Lakes Towing Ltd. For contest details contact: museum@portcolborne.ca

 

Find a shady spot to enjoy good music, food, and family fun during the 38th Annual Canal Days at the Museum.

 

Open Saturday & Sunday 11 am – 5 pm
280 King St., at Princess St.
Saturday and Sunday admission $2.00
Children under 12 and Members Free

 

                                                   

 

 

 Earn a stamp for your Passport when visiting the Port Colborne Museum at Canal Days 2016! For more information, visit the Healthy Kids Community Challenge page.                       

 
 

Schedule

Friday, July 29, 2016
12:00 – 5:00 Port Colborne Historical & Marine Museum. Free Admission, 280 King St. at Princess St.
2:00 – 4:00 Edwardian Tea at Arabella’s Tea Room

 

Saturday, July 30, 2016
11:00 – 5:00 Port Colborne Historical & Marine Museum. 280 King St. at Princess St. $2 Admission. Children under 12 and Museum Members Free.

11:00 – 5:00 Remote Control Model Boat Show on the Hour at the Museum

11:00 – 5:00 Historic Marine Photograph Slide Show at the Archives

11:00 – 5:00 Kids’ Scavenger Hunt on the Grounds

11:30 – 4:30 Build a Sand Castle at the Museum in our Giant Sandbox

11:15 – 11:30 2nd Regiment Lincoln Militia Drill Demonstration

11:30 – 4:30 Kindred – Kitchen Music taken to New Heights!

11:45–12:00 Pulling Into Port – Model Ship exhibit Launch at the Museum

12:00-12:30 Presentation – ”Building a Replica”-The Gertrude, a 1900s dory with a vintage engine.

1:00 – 4:00 Edwardian Tea at Arabella’s Tea Room

12:00 – 4:00 Story Time by the Library at the Museum

11:15-1:15 Tara’s School of Highland Dance Performance at the Museum

2:00 – 3:00 Niagara Old Tyme Fiddlers - Traditional Fiddle Music

3:30- 4:00 2nd Regiment Lincoln Militia Drill Demonstration

3:30- 4:30 Niagara Old Tyme Fiddlers – Traditional Fiddle Music

 

Sunday, July 31. 2016

11:00 – 5:00 Remote Control Model Boat Show on the Hour at the Museum

11:00 – 4:30 Kids’ Scavenger Hunt on the Grounds

11:00-5:00 Kids’ Zone – Face painting, Heritage Dress-Up, Scavenger Hunt, Story Time, Games

11:15 – 11:30 2nd Regiment Lincoln Militia Drill Demonstration

11:30 – 4:30 Barley Brae – Acoustic Roots Music

11:30 – 4:30 Sand Castle Building at the Museum

12:00 – 4:30 Beach Combing for Treasures at the Museum

12:00 – 4:00 Story Time by the Library at the Museum

12:00-12:30 Presentation – ”Building a Replica”-The Gertrude, a 1900s dory with a vintage engine.

1:00 – 4:00 Edwardian Tea at Arabella’s Tea Room at the Museum

2:00 – 3:00 Mad Science of Niagara -Spectacular Science Show

3:00 – 3:30 Under Water Archeology – HMS Hunter Exhibit Tour

3:30- 4:00 2nd Regiment Lincoln Militia Drill Demonstration

4:30 – 4:45 Kids’ Scavenger Hunt Prize Basket Draw