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Port Colborne Top Hat Ceremony

March 24 @ 12:00 pm

Port Colborne’s Top Hat Ceremony occurs mid-late March at Lock 8 Gateway Park (163 Mellanby Avenue, Port Colborne) and celebrates the opening of the Welland Canal and start of the shipping season by welcoming the Captain of the First Downbound Vessel.
The Top Hat Ceremony will be held on Thursday, Mar. 24, 2022, in the pavilion at Lock 8 Gateway Park (163 Mellanby Avenue, Port Colborne), hosted by Mayor William C. Steele, along with representatives from upper levels of government and the marine industry. Beginning at 8 a.m. Port Colborne’s Fair-Trade Committee will be providing fair trade coffee and hot chocolate. The ceremony will begin at 8:30 a.m. Attendees are asked to follow public health measures that are in place at the time of the event.


Lock 8 Gateway Park