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Vessels and Cruises
Cruise through history at Canal Days!
In 2009, the St. Lawrence Seaway celebrated it's 50th anniversary. The Welland Canal is an intrinsic part of the Seaway system and is still a very active trade and commerce route so it's business as usual as giant freighters, barges, and lakers glide past the festival all weekend long.
Only in Port Colborne does the current Welland Canal pass directly through the downtown business district, and only during Canal Days will visitors find an impressive array of special guests: Tall Ships, Coast Guard vessels, a working Fire Boat, and many other ships along the wall at historic West Street.
Many of these ships are open for public viewing, and many of the ships' crew interact with festival guests, or compete in marine challenges. Lake Erie Tall Ship Cruises are available and guests can also book a sunset dinner cruise, or view the spectacular Canal Days Fireworks from the deck of the Empire Sandy.
What better way to celebrate the height of summer than to bring all the elements together - the feel of the wind and the deck beneath your feet, the spray of the water, the warmth of the air, and the fires of celebration in the sky overhead.
The following ships participated in 2015. Please check back for 2016 vessels.
Fireboat Edward M Cotter
photo courtesy of: Gina Murdoch
On October 7, 1960, an unprecedented event occured in American History. On that night, at the age of 60, the Edward M. Cotter's extraodinary firefighting abilities were called upon to help Buffalo's fellow firefighters in another country.
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U.S. Brig niagara
During the War of 1812, majestic Tall Ships were a common sight on the Great Lakes, but in 2015 it is truly a special occasion when a mighty warrior like the U.S. Brig Niagara pays a visit. By way of an historic journey through battle and peacetime, this is incredible ship will honour West Street in celebration of Canal Days. Thousands of visitors from around the globe will have the chance to climb the gangway, walk the decks, touch the wheel and learn the 200 year tale of this miraculous floating museum. We hope you'll be among them. Free deck tours Saturday, Sunday and Monday beginning at 10am.