Kissing Rock.

Kissing Rock

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Thorold, Ontario

The slab of stone next to the Lock 7 Viewing Complex on the canal is emblazoned with the words: "Kissing Rock." Sailors heading out onto Lake Erie or Ontario would drag their wives and girlfriends to this spot for a farewell smooch. The act would ensure their safe return. That's the legend, further extended as imparting general good luck to non-seafaring visitors in return for their lip-locks witnessed by the Kissing Rock.

The heart with the "C.S." stands for Charles Snelgrove, the Great Lakes sailor who supposedly started the kiss-or-die tradition.

Kissing Rock

Chapel St. S., Thorold, ON, Canada
Next to the small parking lot in front of the Lock 7 Viewing Centre. From Hwy 58, exit just west of the tunnel onto Hwy 67/Pine St. Drive north. Make first right onto Richmond St. Drive three blocks and make right at The Beer Store onto Lyndon St. Drive two blocks. The street veers left at the water. Follow for one more block. The Viewing Centre parking lot will be on the right.
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