Port Robinson East

Reasons for Designation under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act

The River Lock at Port Robinson is one of seven locks that were constructed within the present day limits of the City of Thorold for use on the 2nd Welland Canal.  This lock was constructed sometime in the latter part of 1849 to accommodate the traffic flowing from the 2nd Welland Canal into the upper Welland River. 

Four lift locks were constructed within Thorold proper - Lock 22 at Townline Rd. (partially demolished and buried), Lock 23 just south of St.David’s Rd. on the former paper mill property on Front St. (buried), Lock 24 at Albert St. between the old and new Firehalls (buried), and Lock 25 located between Clairmont St./Sullivan Ave. and Lyndon St. in the Battle of Beaverdams Park (partially excavated).

Even as late as the 1860's, the importance of the 2nd Canal River Lock at Port Robinson was upheld.  According to British Military and Naval Records of June 2, 1862, the lock was considered one of the “most vulnerable” points along the Welland Canal should a war with the U.S.A. break out.

This lock has architectural, cultural and historical significance to our City.  The Welland Canal and the remains of the former first, second and third Welland Canals continue to play an important role in defining the history of the Niagara Peninsula, particularly among the canal communities.  Since Port Robinson owes its very existence to the Welland Canal, and the development of the Village in the 19th century to the proximity of the Second Canal River Lock, the historical importance of this structure cannot be ignored.

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Designated Properties

Allanburg Heritage Oak Tree
Allanburg United Church
Allanburg Village Cemetery

Beaverdams Burying Grounds

Beaverdams Methodist Church & Graveyard

Beckett’s Reserve, Duncan McFarland House,
Stephen Beatty House

Calcott-Walker House

Camp House

Carl, Misener, Bald Cemetery

Carnegie Library

Carr-Millar-McMillan Block
Carroll-Tracy House
Carter-Holland House

Chestnut Hall

Constable House

Decew Young House

Decou House Monument

Dobbie House
Dominion Government Building
East Side School Bell
Fire Bell

First Presbyterian Church

Flannery House
Fraser-McMann House
George Bouk House

Grenville House

Griffiths House
Kennedy-Ward House
L.G. Lorriman/Central School
Lynch House
Macartney Drug Store

Memorial Park

Millar House
Millstone - Welland Mills

Moore-Lampman House
Munro House
O'Brien House
Old Firehall
Port Robinson Brick School

Quebec Bank

Robert Elliot House

Ross House

St. Andrews Presbyterian Church

Sir Edward Beatty House

Stewart House

The Stone Store

Trinity United Church
War Memorial

Welland Canal 2nd River Lock

Welland Mills