A legend of Love in Thorold

Just a stone’s throw from the Honeymoon Capitol of the World, Thorold probably isn’t one of the first places you think of when you think of romantic destinations. This little corner of Niagara has its own claim to amorous fame, however, a little legend of love which draws visitors from all over the world to Lock 7 of the Welland Canal. There atop the Niagara Escarpment, thousands of couples from around the world have sealed their love with a kiss, following a tradition that dates back to the 1930s. HERO-960x540Thorold_lock_7_2Legend has it that Charlie Snelgrove – an English orphan who was sent to Canada in search of a better life –became a Great Lakes sailor at around the time the fourth Welland Canal was completed. While in port, the apparently very handsome and charming Snelgrove made quite a name for himself as the Casanova of Thorold. His signature move: he’d take his conquests to a particular rock for a goodbye lip-lock before boarding the ship.Sailors being sailors, word soon got around of this passionate practice, and soon all the hearty seamen were bringing loved ones by what is now known as The Kissing Rock for one last pucker. Superstitious sailors to this day consider it bad luck to embark on a Great Lakes voyage without first stopping by Lock 7. It’s especially popular on Valentine’s Day, but don’t let that deter you from bringing your sweetheart by for a smooch!

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