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4th annual Boatnerd Gathering East
Welland Canal
Oct. 17 & 18


The series of Gatherings concludes at 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 not slide show locations are different for Friday and Saturday night.
Friday will be held at the Lock 3 Visitors Center and Saturday at our normal location, upstairs at the
Canadian Corps Hall.

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

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Friday, October 17
Tour of Port Weller Dry Docks
*Bring your own hard hat and safety glasses if available
Not Available this year
Boatwatching and museum tour at the Lock 3 Visitors Center
Visitors center and viewing platform are free to enter.

This year many attractions in the region are participating in Doors Open Niagara. The historical sites are open free of charge to everyone including The St. Catharines Museum at Lock 3, Inner Range Lighthouse in Port Dalhousie and in Port Colborne, the Harbor Master's House and the Marine Museum. Visit www.doorsopenniagara.com for a list of all the participating locations.

All day.
Doors opened to the Burgoyne Room at the St. Catharines Museum at Lock 3 Impromptu Swap Meet and pre event gathering. 5:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.
St. Catharines Shipwreck Millenium Project Presentation
The St. Catharines Museum welcomes our group with a special pre-meeting presentation.  Members of the Ontario Marine Heritage Committee will be on hand from 6 - 7 p.m. to give a presentation on the St. Catharines Shipwreck Millenium Project.  The museum's well stocked gift shop will also be available for shopping during this time.  Those attending will also receive a Welcome Kit provided by the museum staff. Each kit will include a ballot for a draw (which will be held from 6 - 7 p.m.).
*Held at the St. Catharines Museum at Lock 3 in the Burgoyne Room
6 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Presentation featuring the upcoming World Canals Conference in St Catharines on 2 - 4 June 2004.  The Conference is being held to celebrate the 175th Anniversary of the opening of the 1st Welland Canal with the theme "Channels of Prosperity".
7:15 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Slide Show & Impromptu Swap Meet
*Held at the St. Catharines Museum at Lock 3 in the Burgoyne Room
7:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Tables will be available in the, please bring any items you would like to show, sell or swap. Open to all at no charge.
If you would like a table please e-mail
Saturday, October 18

Yard Tour of International Marine Salvage
Take pictures of Kinsman Enterprise and Algogulf  East side of the canal, go south to the end of Welland Street, past the Hamilton Marine office, and turn right into dirt road.

Park to the right behind the office. Wear hard sole shoes. You walk in the yard at your own risk! Do not climb on the boats or hulls.

If you want to buy something, ask John or Jordan at the office.

10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Boatwatching and museum tour at the Lock 3 Visitors Center
Visitors center and viewing platform are free to enter.

This year many attractions in the region are participating in Doors Open Niagara. The historical sites are open free of charge to everyone including The St. Catharines Museum at Lock 3, Inner Range Lighthouse in Port Dalhousie and in Port Colborne, the Harbor Master's House and the Marine Museum. Visit www.doorsopenniagara.com for a list of all the participating locations.

All day.
Impromptu Swap Meet
Tables will be available at the Canadian Corps Hall, please bring any items you would like to show, sell or swap. Open to all at no charge.
If you would like a table please e-mail
6:00 p.m.
Welland Canal Ship Society meeting - Slide Show
At the Canadian Corps 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. - ? (depends on number showing slides).
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.

If crossing the boarder be sure to have two pieces of I.D.

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.

SS Pumper tour boat

The region is also host to many wineries.

Lodging:
The Inn at Lock Seven is booked full.

Other Options:
Comfort Inn – 7514 Lundy’s Lane, Niagara
All New – 1-800-424-6423
Senior Rates as low as C$76.50, US$55.78
Lundy’s Lane crosses the Canal at the Allenburg Bridge

Comfort Inn, 2 Dunlop Drive, St. Catharines
Next to QEW. Short drive to Canal.
1-877-424-6423
Senior Rates as low as C$116.99, US$85.30 

Go to http://www.tourismniagara.com/online
Click on “Accomodations” and enter St. Catharines in the Location box.

 

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Pictures from the 2002 Gathering

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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