Difference between revisions of "St. Catharines"
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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 QEW Highway runs right through the city which runs from Toronto to the Niagara Falls border crossing.
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 train station located just off of St. Paul Street West, not far outside downtown. Most trains are scheduled for a couple of trips Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. There are services West to Hamilton, Burlington, Oakville, Toronto and beyond. There is service East to Niagara Falls. See gotransit.ca for more details.
There is also a GO bus pickup and drop off which may now be operating daily but the schedule varies. The stop is located at the corner of Dawsco Drive and YMCA Drive which is surrounded by Costco, PetsMart and the Fairview Mall. Services East to Niagara Falls or West to the Burlington Go Station for connecting trains. See gotransit.ca for more details.
Via Rail Canada and AMTRAK train station is located with the GO station not far outside of Downtown. Located on Ambrose Street, not far off of St. Paul West. There are services West to Toronto and Beyond and East for Niagara Falls and beyond into Buffalo USA for AMTRAK. Check viarail.ca or amtrak.com for more information.
St. Catharines has a public transit system of buses that service most of the city. Maps and schedules can be viewed online at www.yourbus.com. Fare is $2.75 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 (pronounced Da-lou-zee) is, as the name suggests, at the mouth of Twelve Mile Creek on Lake Ontario. 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.
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.
Interesting places nearby include: