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Downtown
St. Paul Street (the main street) evolved from an Iroquois trail and remains one of the only curving main streets in all of North America. The 1st and 2nd Welland Canals were built behind St. Paul Street. The downtown has many heritage sites.

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Market Square
It is one of the oldest farmer's markets in Ontario and is also the host site of special events throughout the year.

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Lakeside Village of Port Dalhousie
This heritage district features lighthouses and homes from the 1800's, an 1840's jailhouse, Lakeside Park, the Henley Rowing Course (home of the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta since 1903), and a vintage Looff carousel which has hand-carved, hand-painted animals and costs just 5 cents for a ride.

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Underground Railroad & The B.M.E.
St. Catharines was the final terminus on the Underground Railroad for hundreds of slaves in the 1820's. The Underground Railroad and Niagara's Freedom Trail was a network of people who hid and guided black slaves as they fled the United States and headed north to Canada to seek freedom. You can follow the route which ends at the B.M.E. (British Methodist Episcopal) Church/Salem Chapel, a national historic site associated with the famed "Underground Railroad Conductor", Harriet Tubman, who was called the Black Moses.

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Welland Canals
The present canal is the 4th one to be built. Remains of the first 3 canals can still be explored throughout the city.


A time-lapse video of a trip through the canal, from Lake Erie (Port Colborne) to Lake Ontario (St. Catharines)

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Montebello Park
Located downtown, it is a 6.5 acre park designed by the same architect who created New York City's Central Park.

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Morningstar Mill and Mountain Mills Museum
This is one of Ontario's oldest mills on an original site, and fully powered by water.

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Victoria Lawn Cemetery
Established in 1856, it is a significant historical site and the resting place of historical figures such as Rev. Anthony Burns and William Hamilton Merritt.

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Rodman Hall Art Centre
Built in 1853, this Victorian Mansion is Niagara Region's premier facility for the visual arts.

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Ridley College
Established in 1889, Ridley has earned an international reputation and has 600 students from across Canada and over 30 countries worldwide enrolled in grades 5 through 12 and PG.

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Happy Rolph's Bird Sanctuary and Children's Petting Farm
It is a 15 acre municipal park on the shores of Lake Ontario with gardens, pathways, picnic areas, playground facilities and a petting farm.

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Burgoyne Woods
A 122 acre wooded area located near the city's downtown core, it includes paved trails, nature trails, sports fields, tennis courts, playground equipment, swimming & wading pools, a pavilion, and lots of picnic areas.

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St. Catharines Museum and Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame
It features the award-winning "Follow the North Star" exhibit which chronicles the journey of runaway slaves to their new homeland: Canada.

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Welland Canals Centre at Lock 3
You can see the ships "climb the mountain" from the elevated observation platform.

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9/11 Walkway
It recognizes 27 Canadians who passed away at the World Trade Centre in 2001, and is located at Happy Rolph’s Bird Sanctuary. The victims are memorialized by 27 varieties of deciduous trees. The handicap-accessible walkway has benches that enable those walking on the trail to enjoy the beautiful vistas on the shores of Lake Ontario.

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Henley Rowing Course and Martindale Pond
Since 1903, people from around the world have travelled to St. Catharines for the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta. The adjacent park features gardens, sculptures and monuments that pay tribute to our rowing heritage.

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