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Visit and explore St. Catharines and surroundings
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St. Catharines, Ontario, tourism, travel guide
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The favorite area where we always went with friends from Europe was Port Dalhousie. Not any longer. I only could show them what not to do. However, I want to be fair and I will see what kind of progress has been achieved in the meantime. After that I will update this web site. St. Catharines has still many thing to offer to visitors and I will try to show them. I am not responsible for all the poor decisions which had been made and will not cover them up or try to find excuses.

Just click at the link to read some comments: Port Dalhousie Piers closed

St. Catharines is the largest city in the Niagara Region. It is nicely located on Lake Ontario and because of its numerous parks it is also known as "Garden City". The city is part the so called wine country and you will find many wineries in its surroundings.
Despite the closeness of well known tourist cities like Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake many visitors can be seen in this town. For shoppers the malls are an attraction, for others fine dining and "Old Port Dalhousie".
The best know shopping mall in St. Catharines is without doubt the "Pen Center". A born shopper can easily spend a whole rainy day there. Brand name stores, restaurants and movie theaters can keep him easily busy.

You can walk for hours in the "Pen Centre"

Downtown St. Catharines is improving steadily. We like to visit some of the Asian restaurants. Surprisingly, we always found a parking spot very close to our dining places.
We hope that the "Downtown Association" remains successful with its important mission to improve and beautify this area and hopefully the business is also rewarded. It is essential to create a nice and clean environment in a city and give visitors the feeling of being welcome there.

In Europe the downtown area is normally reserved for pedestrians and naturally for supply vehicles.
You find that many restaurants have tables outside and it is much more relaxing to browse through all the stores without any traffic noise and exhaust gases.
Parking is usually provided adjacent to the pedestrian zones. Very often free for two hours when you display a special parking disc on your dashboard.
I was told by an official who may never have experienced this, that Canadians do not want to walk. I saw them and Americans walking in Europe!
I think a wake-up call for this politician would have been a wasted. He is not any longer in power!.
St. Catharines, Ontario, tourism, travel guide

St. Catharines has also an university, the "Brock University". I met some foreign students there. If you are interested just visit the university to get an impression and information if needed.
If you are interests in art you can see twelve outdoor sculptures from Lutz Teutloff on the area of the "Brock University".

St. Catharines, Ontario, tourism, travel guide
One of the sculptures

Please drive also to "Old Port Dalhousie". It is still a pleasure to go there. There are plans to "develop" it.
You find an harbor and many inviting restaurants, stores and a relaxing atmosphere.
We went with some of our visitors for a lobster dinner to a well known place there. Everybody liked that. I had a steak and was happy too.
After all these good experienced we do not go any longer with visitors to "Old Port Dalhousie". It has been destroyed by a coalition of politicians and "developers".
I do not want that people from Europe become aware that you do not need a war to wipe out heritage buildings and an all year long attractions. Check the Internet for the real actual status of this project. I may not live long enough to see it completed - I am 82 years old and sick and tired to talk to certain people who act like a sick cow!
Close to Port Dalhousie you can visit the annual "Royal Canadian Henley Regatta". We had a good time there.

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Many boats

St. Catharines, Ontario, tourism, travel guide
Port Dalhousie is always busy

St. Catharines, Ontario, tourism, travel guide
A dragon boat regatta

St. Catharines, Ontario, tourism, travel guide
At the beach in Port Dalhousie, mid of October 2007

Once upon a time Port Dalhousie was the place which we showed our visitors from Europe
Not any longer!

St. Catharines, Ontario, tourism, travel guide
At the beach in Port Dalhousie, mid of October 2007

St. Catharines, Ontario, tourism, travel guide
Old Port Dalhousie.

St. Catharines, Ontario, tourism, travel guide
Boutiques invite you to spend money

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