A gorgeous day in Port Colborne brought thousands out this afternoon for the 38th annual Canal Days festivities , celebrating the town’s marine heritage. (taking a tour of the Edward M Cotter Fireboat below)…


Edward M. Cotter is a fireboat in use by the Buffalo Fire Department at Buffalo, New York, United States. Originally named William S. Grattan, she was built in 1900 by the Crescent Shipyard of Elizabeth Port, New Jersey. Due to age she was rebuilt in 1953 and renamed Firefighter upon her return to service. The following year she was renamed Edward M. Cotter.

The Empire Sandy was also on hand and made a loud cannon blast into the docks with folks on board enjoying a gorgeous ride on Lake Erie. The Empire Sandy is a tall ship providing chartered tours for the public from Toronto, Canada. She was built as an Englishman/Larch Deep Sea class tugboat for war service by the British Government in 1943.



A picturesque view on to the main bridge…..



Another view of Canal Days highlighting the festivities on the water’s edge…




No shortage of crowds showed up to take in the many attractions and food…



Musical entertainment was on the menu too and these fabulous kids wowed the crowd with their musicianship (the 5 Dragons Youth Rock band pictured below…)



Good times for old and young alike.  Here tikes get a thrilling train ride…



For those a little older, rock climbing was all the rage with big lineups all around…






Funnel cake anyone? Ice Cream galore, Fajita’s, Fish and Chips, Perogies, Kettle Corn, you name it, it was being devoured…




Oh and did we mention there were some DEALS to be found…assorted tapes WITH a case anyone?


Port Colborne Canal Days runs through until Monday. For more information CLICK HERE


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