Welland Canal National Historic Event

Thorold, Ontario
Welland canal © Parks Canada/Parcs Canada
Welland canal
© Parks Canada/Parcs Canada
Welland canal © Parks Canada/Parcs CanadaWelland canal © Parks CanadaWelland canal © Parks Canada
Address : Thorold, Ontario

Recognition Statute: Historic Sites and Monuments Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. H-4)
Designation Date: 1924-06-04

Other Name(s):
  • Welland Canal  (Designation Name)
Research Report Number: 2009-SDC-CED-008

Importance: Completed 1829-33, linked Lake Erie - Lake Ontario, reconstructed in 1841

Plaque(s)


Existing plaque: near the Bridge at Allanburg Thorold, Ontario

Near this spot on 30th November, 1824, the first sod of the old Welland Canal was cut by George Keefer, President of the Welland Canal Company, in the presence of William Hamilton Merritt, chief promoter of the enterprise and about 200 other persons. This great work, connecting Lake Erie and Ontario for ship navigation, was planned and carried out by a private company.