The largest city in the Niagara Region, St. Catharines is also known as ‘The Garden City’ for its lush greenery, vast hiking trails and picturesque parks.
With the Niagara Escarpment running right through the city, there is no shortage of outdoor beauty. Part of this can be seen on a hike through Decew Falls, a winding path on the Bruce Trail that leads through narrow creeks and a 22 metre waterfall.
As part of the Greater Niagara Circle Route, St. Catharines boasts a paved trail system along the Welland Canal, offering a beautiful setting for a stroll, invigorating run, bike ride, or rollerblade.
Enjoy a sandy beach and harbour front surroundings in St. Catharines’ north end, known as Port Dalhousie. Historic Lakeside Park offers plenty of summer fun with its classic carousel - still only 5 cents a ride, picnic perfect spots, and plethora of events happening throughout the warmer months.
The St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre at Lock 3 is the most popular place to view ships from all corners of the world as they maneuver through the lock system. Observe these giants from the observation deck or the 2nd floor Interactive Centre, which provides a multi-media journey of the historical canal.