Welland Canal system opens today to mark first day of spring

It's that time of year again, when drivers around Niagara have to start checking the bridge status app on their smartphones.

The annual Top Hat Ceremony marking the 188th opening of the Welland Canal is set for this morning at 10 o'clock at Lock 3 in St. Catharines.

The ceremony marks the start of the 2017 navigation season on the canal.