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Revision as of 18:56, 27 January 2011
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.
- One of the world's best rowing courses, and is home to the annual Royal Canadian Henley Regatta, named after the original regatta in Henley-on-Thames.
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.
- In the Corner Billiards & Lounge, 448 Welland Ave. A pool hall with 12 billiards tables, 2 snooker, food, beer and fun. All ages welcome.
- Pen Centre, Hwy. 406 & Glendale Ave., ☎ 905-687-6622/1-800-582-8202. M–F 10AM–9PM, Sa 9AM–6PM, Su 11AM–6PM. A shopping mall. You can get anything.
- Papa Vince Pizza Thorold (905) 227-9394. Papa Vince has great pizza and wings, but where it really stands out is with their steak sub. Everyone should try a fatty!
- Da Pizza Joint Port Dalhousie. Da Pizza Joint is one of the number one pizza places in St. Catharines, with multiple styles and the famous Bianco. After a remodeling of the upstairs in 2005, Da Pizza Joint is now the perfect place to eat and drink while spending a night in Port Dalhousie.
- Heavy Duty Pizza Downtown
- Pita Pit Downtown. very cheap, good.
- Buona Pizza North End (905) 935-5353 Incredible, enormous, saucy chicken wings. Must be seen to be believed, and must be tasted no matter what. The pizza is tasty too.
- Amakara Japan, 19 Geneva St., ☎ (905) 684-0612. This is a Japanese reataurant. The owner is Japanese, so you can enjoy real Japanese food: sushi, teriyaki beef/chicken, tempura and so on.
- EAST Downtown. One of Japanese restaurants. It's the latest.
- Duru Korean restaurant
- Sahla Thai, 270 St. Paul St. (downtown), ☎ (905) 984-4482. M-F 11AM–10PM, Sa 5PM–10PM, Su 5PM–9PM. Thai restaurant.
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:
|Routes through St. Catharines