Nestled between Burlington and Niagara Falls, Saint Catherines is a quaint little city that often gets passed over by people heading to wine country or to the Greater Toronto Area. Steeped in history and surrounded by some of the most beautiful landscapes in Ontario, Saint Catherines is the perfect place to get away from the city for a few days. Here are my top three things to do in Saint Catherines this spring.
Visit Port Dalhousie
The harbourfront villages of Port Dalhousie is an absolute gem that is both picturesque and incredibly historic. Located at the terminus of the first three Welland Canals, the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta draws rowers to the area to compete in the waters. While you can’t see any rowing competitions in the spring on Martindale Pond, you can still enjoy the harbourfront and in the village streets! Port Dalhousie has lots of lovely little boutiques to browse, and some of the best food in all of Ontario to eat… and of course, lots of great wine
While Saint Catherines downtown core is tiny compared to Toronto’s, the vibe is still a lot of fun. There are over 200 historic sites in the area that you can find just walking through the downtown area, so if you’re a history buff you’ll definitely enjoy that. There’s also a growing culinary scene that rivals Montreal’s, and some really cute cafes like Mahtay to stop in and have a drink.
Support Local Businesses at the Farmers Market
The Saint Catherines Farmers Market is a grand display, and has been a part of the city’s heritage since the late 19th century! If you care about eating local, then this place is definitely the spot for you: I’ve had some of the most delicious loaves of bread and cooked some of the freshest vegetables I’ve ever had after visiting the market! The market is also a great place to see the diversity in the city, so if you feel a bit isolated then this is a must-see for you.