Thorold ferry service across the Welland Canal starts this weekend

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Published May 3, 2023 at 9:36 am

Thorold's Bridge-It ferry begins its across-the-Welland-Canal service this weekend for the season. (Photo: City of Welland)

Thorold’s long-running Bridge-It ferry service is back afloat this weekend as it gears up for another busy season of canal hopping.

The service, which started back in the 1970s, shuttles people and notably cyclists between the east and west sides of Port Robinson in Thorold.

Pet-friendly and wheelchair-accessible, the Bridge-it route provides cyclists with direct access from Thorold through to Niagara Falls by following Grassybrook Road to the Niagara River Recreational Trail and connecting to the Greater Niagara Cycle Route.

“Last year, we saw almost 10,000 walkers, hikers and cyclists ride the ferry,” said Thorold Mayor Terry Ugulini. “We are grateful to Niagara Region for their partnership on this popular seasonal attraction, and we are excited to welcome residents and visitors back aboard for the 2023 season.”

As usual, the service will be weekend-only to start but just for two weeks before it shifts to daily. May 6-7 and May 13-14, it will run from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

However, starting May 20, the ferry service switches to daily from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. That continues until the fall hours in September and October where it runs daily from 9 a.m. to dusk.

For more on the Bridge-It ferry, check here.

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