St. Catharines

St. Catharines is a city in the Niagara Region. It has the Welland Canal, a dry-dock for ships, and automotive plants. Two World Rowing Championships have been held here, first in 1970, and the most recent being in 1999. The smaller city of Thorold is on the south edge of St. Catharines.

Get in

The QEW Highway (which runs from Toronto to the Fort Erie-Buffalo border crossing) runs right through the city.

Greyhound and Coach Canada operate a bus service from the MTO building downtown located at 301 St. Paul Street. Frequent trips to Toronto, Niagara Falls, and beyond can be arranged.

GO Transit trains operate between Toronto and Niagara Falls on summer weekends and some long weekends. The train station is located just off St. Paul Street West, not far outside downtown. There is service east to Niagara Falls, and west to Hamilton, Burlington, Oakville, Toronto, and beyond. There is GO bus service to Niagara-on-the-Lake in conjunction with the train.

GO Transit buses service Fairview Mall. The stop is located at the corner of Dawsco Drive and YMCA Drive. Services are available east to Niagara Falls, and west to the Burlington GO Station for connecting trains.

The Via Rail Canada and AMTRAK train station is located with the GO Train station not far outside of Downtown. Located on Ambrose Street, not far off St. Paul West. There are services West to Toronto and beyond and East for Niagara Falls and beyond into Buffalo USA for AMTRAK. Check or for more information.

Get around

St. Catharines has a public transit system of buses that service most of the city. Maps and schedules can be viewed online. As of September 2014, the fare is $3.00 per ride including a transfer. You can view maps, schedules, and purchase passes at the MTO building Downtown located at 301 St. Paul Street. Tickets for multiple rides can also be purchased at the PEN Centre shopping mall located at 221 Glendale Avenue.


It is a shame that St. Catharines is overlooked by most tourists visiting Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake as it has a lot to offer. St. Catharines offers better value and quality for food and accommodation than the nearby tourist destinations which are only about 10-20 minutes away.

Port Dalhousie

Port Dalhousie (pronounced Da-loo-zee) is at the mouth of Twelve Mile Creek on Lake Ontario. Not far away is the Henley Rowing course. It is the home of Lakeside Park, made famous by the Rush song of the same name. It is a small area, basically one square block, but it hosts more than 10 bars, almost all of which have patio areas. One popular attraction is the old-fashioned carousel, which costs only 5 cents a ride. A very popular place for locals and tourists in the summer time.



There is a wide variety of stores and services available in Downtown St. Catharines.



There are two primary bar areas in the city: Port Dalhousie and downtown. Generally, Port Dalhousie is the active bar scene during the warm summer months, and downtown is the prime location for nightlife in the winter.

The downtown area also has its fill of bars, likely more than twenty. Everything from small pubs to large dance clubs fill the area, although almost every bar has a laid back feel (with matching laid-back clothing requirements.) There has been a bit of an upscale trend lately, with the addition of a few martini bars. It's a bigger area to cover than up in Port, but even still it's quite easy to walk from a bar at one end of downtown to another at the opposite end.

Go next

Interesting places nearby include:

Routes through St. Catharines

Toronto Grimsby  W  E  Niagara Falls (Ontario) Niagara Falls (New York)
Hamilton Lincoln  W  E  Niagara-on-the-Lake Niagara Falls
Hamilton Lincoln  W  E  Niagara-on-the-Lake END

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