Prince of Wales - Heritage Award Winner - City of Thorold

Welcome to the rhythm of Thorold

Welcome to the small city that lives to the beat of its own rhythm – a little bluesy and a lot friendly.

With a population of 18,000, heritage-rich Thorold located on the brow of the Niagara Escarpment, sits 350 feet above sea level. Situated in the centre of the Niagara peninsula, it is only 120 kilometers (75 miles) from Toronto and 19 kilometers (12 miles) from Niagara Falls and the U.S. border. Known as the city “Where Ships Climb the Mountain”, it is steeped in the history of the Welland Canal.

Historical Downtown Revitalization

From fine boutiques to eateries, shop owners have invested in the beautification of Front Street and the results are stunning! Colourful new facades, renovated storefronts and bike-friendly amenities, visitors looking for a unique Old Town shopping experience will find the casual and friendly beat a welcome change.

In the Middle of it All

Visitors are only a short distance from over 80 wineries, 48 golf courses, hundreds of historic sites and exciting attractions that make up the Niagara Region. How to get here.


The Township of Thorold, which included the hamlets of Allanburg, Beaverdams, Port Robinson, St. John’s and Thorold South, was incorporated in 1798, while the Town of Thorold was incorporated as a village in 1850 and as a Town in 1875. In 1970 the new Town of Thorold was created by combining the former Township of Thorold and the former Town of Thorold. On the first day of July, 1975, the new Town of Thorold became the Corporation of the City of Thorold.