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I&M Canal Boat Trip planned for September

Village of Thornton Historical Society presents:

I&M CANAL BOAT TRIP/LUNCH Saturday, September 10, 2022



Everyone 18 and over is welcome to join us on an historic journey into Illinois’ scenic past! We will visit the Illinois & Michigan Canal National Heritage Area and take a journey back in time aboard the “Volunteer,” a mule-pulled 1840’s replica canal boat, as it coasts gently up and down the Illinois & Michigan Canal. On this one-hour long tour, a period-dressed guide will regale everyone with tales of the canal while the deck hand, mule tender and boat captain guide the boat one mile up the canal to the Little Vermillion aqueduct and back.


After our tour we will enjoy a private buffet lunch at the Lock 16 Café featuring: Baked Lemon Herb Chicken, potatoes au gratin, tossed salad, broccoli cheddar soup, signature apple cake, and a beverage bar of water, coffee, and iced tea. Other beverages and treats from the café are also available. The Lock 16 gift shop offers plenty of unique treasures!


WHO: Anyone 18 years and older

WHAT: I&M mule-pulled canal boat ride/lunch buffet

WHERE: Meet at Public parking lot in Thornton SE corner of Blackstone and Harriet Streets. (In back of Thornton Distilling Co.)

WHEN: Meet 8:30 a.m., Saturday, September 10, 2022

HOW: Travel by Coach bus with reclining seats and restroom

COST: $80 includes transportation by Coach bus, snack, boat ride, lunch and all gratuities.


You must reserve your seat in order to go! Please email thorntonilhs@gmail.com to be added to our list. Please do not send checks unless you have a reservation.


TICKETS: Payment due by July 1, 2022. Limit 55 people, first come-first served basis. Sorry, no refunds.


Your itinerary for September 10th would be as follows:


9:00 AM: Depart Thornton, IL

11:15 AM: Arrive at Lock 16 Visitor Center to check in

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM: I&M Canal Boat Tour

12:45 PM: Lunch Buffet at the Lock 16 Visitor Center

1:45 PM: Shop and explore

2:30 PM: Depart for home


Please contact us if you have any questions: thorntonilhs@gmail.com

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