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1st annual Boatnerd Gathering East
Welland Canal  Saturday, October 28

The first Gathering at the Soo was such a hit the viewers of this web site have asked that we organize another informal meeting.

The next Gathering will take place on the Welland Canal during the fall grain rush. Each fall freighters carrying grain are busy moving the harvest from the heart land of North America down the Seaway. Be there to catch all the action.

Please note, the meeting is very informal and events are all optional.

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Friday, October 27
Impromptu Swap Meet
Tables will be available at the Canadian Corps Legion Hall, please bring any items you would like to show, sell or swap. Open to all at no charge.
6:00 p.m.
Open Slide Show, bring your best tray to show. 7:00 p.m. - ? (depends on number showing slides).
At the Canadian Corps Legion Hall on Clairmont street at the corner of Ormond beside the 7 - 11, 1 block west from the Inn at Lock 7. in Thorold. (City map)

There is parking along the west side of the building and plenty more along the
streets nearby.

A cash bar will be open both evenings

Saturday, October 28
Tour of Port Weller Dry Docks.
(group picture will be taken at Port Weller Dry Docks)
Time to be announced by e-mail. You must have filled out the registration form to be included.
Tour is full.
Boatwatching and museum tour at the Lock 3 Visitors Center
Visitors center and viewing platform are free to enter. There is a charge to tour the museum. The museum is offering a 2 for 1 admission price for those attending the Boatnerd Gathering. Click here to print coupon
All day.
Slide show. Presenters with a wide range of slides.
Jeff Cameron presenting "Welland Canal shipping" - including Canadian lakers, tugs, scrap tows and salties.

Willem VanMaanen will present "Merchant shipping in Holland and Belgium"

Jim Hoffman "Upper Lakes Shipping" - including the U.S. fleet, old salties and a selection of oldies from the '60s and before.

At the Canadian Corps Legion Hall on Clairmont street at the corner of Ormond beside the 7 - 11, 1 block west from the Inn at Lock 7. in Thorold. (City map)


7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Things to remember
Be sure to bring warm clothes, will fall in full swing it may turn chilly.
The Welland Canal is a favorite spot among the boatwatchers. A viewing platform is located at the Lock 3 Visitors Center. There is easy access by car from Lock 1 to Lock 7 on Government Road, convenient for chasing ships up and down the canal. It takes only a few minutes to drive from Lock 1 to 7.
Other Ideas
A short drive north will take you to Port Dalhousie, the end of the second canal.

For those wishing to explore the southern part of the Welland Canal, a trip trough Welland and onto Port Colborne to see Lock 8 can be made by driving a half hour south.

From the Inn at Lock 7 Niagara Falls is only a few minutes drive.

The region is also host to many wineries.

The Inn at Lock 7 is holding a block of rooms for the Gathering.
Please call 877-INLOCK7 and be sure to mention you are with the "Boatnerd Gathering" to reserve a saved room.

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Important Links
Inn at Lock 7
Map of the area
Port Weller Dry Docks
St. Catharines Museum, Welland Canals Centre at Lock 3

History of the Welland Canal
Old Welland Canal
Kilt & Clover the best little pub in Ontario        Map to the Kilt & Clover


Information and pictures from the Gathering held at the Soo Locks