Thorold, Ontario - Niagara Region, Ontario neighbourhoods and nearby communities


Night view of ship on Welland Canal The City of Thorold is a community of 18,000 along the Welland Canal, just south of St. Catharines. Thorold is famous for the Welland Canal's twinned Flight Locks where "ships climb the mountain" of the Niagara Escarpment. Flight locks #4, #5, #6 & #7 are truly engineering marvels.

The community has excellent highway access to the rest of the Niagara, as well as toward Hamilton & Toronto to the west and toward Buffalo to the east, via the #406 to the QEW.

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The community is mostly rural, especially south of Lake Gibson and east of the Welland Canal. The area between Highway 85 and the Escarpment is pretty built up.


There are 6 elementary schools, 1 high school, and a library. Just north of the city, in St Catharines is Brock University and Ridley College, and to the south is Niagara College's Welland campus.


The city has its Front Street shopping district, and just to the north is Pen Centre, the Niagara's largest shopping mall.


Thorold has 4 community centres, 2 ice arenas, 1 theatre, 8 ball diamonds, 6 tennis courts, 1 outdoor pool and 2 public golf courses. Thorold is home to Lake Gibson, the largest inland lake in the Niagara Region, the focal point of the 27 acre Mel Swart Lake Gibson Conservation Area, currently being developed. Shorthills Provincial Park provides acres of protected naturalized environment with marked trails for hiking and biking as well as trails for cross-country skiing and tobogganing in the wintertime. For a great view of the historic second Welland Canal, follow the Merritt Trail which runs along its route through the City. Just west of #406 is the Merrittville Speedway.

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