Welcome to St. Catharines, the largest city in the Niagara Region. With a population of over 130,000, St. Catharines is home to many historical buildings and local attractions that make it one of Niagara’s most exciting cities to live!
Downtown St. Catharines is a hot spot for local shops, bakeries, markets, and heritage sites. Take a leisurely stroll in the heart of downtown and visit the Farmers Market for fresh local fruit and vegetables, produce and much more. The market is located right next to the historic Courthouse and City Hall and has an indoor heated area that allows the market to continue year round. Explore even further and take a walk in Montebello Park. Designed in 1887, the park has a large playground, a rose garden with 1,300 bushes, as well as a bandshell and pavilion for picnics, concerts and festivals. Many residential homes are near the park and have a great view of the never ending downtown festivities.
Brock University is one of the major economic driver’s of the city. Each year almost 19,000 students enrol in courses through Brock University. The school continues to grow and offer more graduate and undergraduate programs to its student population.
Explore the historical sites of St. Catharines by taking a day trip to Port Dalhousie, where the tradition of going for a ride on the Lakeside Park Carousel is fun for the whole family. Moved to St. Catharines in 1922, the carousel is home to 68 antique hand carved animals. Another great tourist attraction includes the St. Catharines Museum at the Welland Canals Centre. Explore all seven locks, stretching from Lake Ontario to Lake Erie, in an exciting interactive museum where everyone of all ages can learn about the locks and their history. Ships and boats from all over the world can be seen passing through Lock 3 from a large observation platform. Simply driving through St. Catharines is an experience like no other with multiple lift bridges, to view throughout the city, allowing for easy travel across the canal.
Also known as “The Garden City”, St. Catharines has many conservation areas and countless hiking trails, with breathtaking views. Visit the 130-year-old Morningstar Mill, located at Decew Falls, for a tour of the working grist mill with all original equipment. The site extends to the Bruce Trail and is fitting for a quiet hike or scenic photoshoot.
If you’re planning on visiting St. Catharines and looking for something to do, you will surely not be disappointed. St. Catharines is home to the First Ontario Performing Arts Centre, where you can watch your favourite band, see a new show, or catch a dramatic play. St. Catharines is also home to the Niagara Ice Dogs who play out of the Meridian Centre in downtown. The home of the Ice Dogs is great venue for concerts, major acts and more.
St. Catharines is strategically located near many other exciting places like Hamilton, Toronto, and the US border, so a day trip to these locations is an easy getaway with a quick drive or using local transit. If you want to live in a peaceful and diverse community, with a little spark and entertainment, St. Catharines is the place to be!