Have some spare time and want to explore St. Catharines? Enjoy the wonders of the city's downtown core, wine country and booming cultural scene.
Staying in St. Catharines is a truly fruitful experience. The city is home to multiple wineries such as 13th Street Winery, Henry of Pelham Family Estate and Hernder Estate Wines. It's only a fifteen-minute drive to Niagara-on-the-Lake, the premier location to taste and tour nationally acclaimed wineries. The NOTL wine route boasts entertainment, dining and historical attractions; plus, sample gastronomic delights from the food trucks stationed at Konzelmann Estate Winery or the Market at the Village.
Sip and savour your way through St. Catharines. Whether you're interested in a casual meal, or a fine dining experience, the city has over 60 restaurants to suit a taste for every palette. Enjoy homemade comfort food and craft beer at Kully's Original Sports Bar, or Asian delights at Sahla Thai. Share a bottle of wine over dinner at Wellington Court, or tapas with friends at Toi Restaurant. The city offers everything from BBQ to authentic Indian cuisine, all within walking distance of the downtown core.
St. Catharines is the urban growth centre of Niagara, rich with culture and alive with art. The new Performing Arts Centre is home to four performance venues with over 600 annual events. Stroll through the Niagara Artists Centre (NAC) to admire fine art crafted by local residents, or catch a show by the Gallery Players to combine an art and music experience like no other.
Bring on the night! St. Catharines offers visitors a lively downtown scene with multiple venues offering local craft beer and cider. Enjoy live music at the Merchant Ale house while sipping on their homemade brew, or catch a comedy show at Mahtay Cafe a community-oriented establishment offering Oast House beer and organic, fair trade coffee & tea.
The downtown core of St. Catharines has many local boutiques and antique stores. The city is only a short drive to two outlet mall locations, Outlet Collection at Niagara and Canada One Factory Outlets. And if you can't find that special something, the city is only 45 minutes to Buffalo for cross-border shopping and a one hour drive to Toronto.
Big or small, St. Catharines has entertainment venues to keep your stay exciting. The Meridian Centre hosts concerts and family-friendly events, or catch a weekly Niagara IceDogs game! The city is a short drive to the Shaw Festival, a theatre producing the works of Bernard Shaw and Shavian playwrights. Depending on the season, the city also offers Ribfest, wine festivals and the new Niagara International Film Festival (NIFF.)