Thorold received the status of bronze in 2015 for bicycle friendliness and we work every day to make our area more and more friendly to cyclists. We have bike racks, repair kits, water and washrooms available at several different downtown establishments.
It is the goal of the Thorold Business Improvement Area ( B.I.A. ) to continue to revitalize, improve, beautify, maintain and promote the downtown of Thorold as a whole. We will work diligently to keep it a clean, safe and attractive business and shopping destination for local residents and visitors.
Awarded to one community each year this prestigeous Prince of Wales Prize goes out to a town that demonstrates a strong and sustained commitment to the conservation of its historic places.
Thorold was awarded the POWP in October of 2017 and is proud to say we are extremely grateful and honoured to be recognized for the effort and detail we put into maintaining our historic buildings.
Thorold was almost called St. George but was named after Sir John Thorold , a member of British Parliament for Lincolnshire, England. Thorold was originally a wooded plateau overlooking Lake Ontario. After the forest was cleared it was called “Stumptown” for a short time. It officially became a village in 1850, a township in 1875 and a city in 1975.
In 1866 there was a terrible fire in downtown Thorold. It started on the west side of Front St. and with some high winds travelled up the street and over a couple blocks as far as St. John’s Church. At least 40 buildings were consumed by the fire. The St. Catharines hose company came to help during the height of the fire.