• Jen Bedard

Why Downtown St. Catharines is The New Place To Be

Updated: Dec 6, 2019

The past two decades have seen a flurry of developmental activities in Downtown, St, Catharines. Money has poured in from public and private investments, leading to a building and business boom that is making it a top destination for residents and visitors alike. The new, revived Downtown has enough attractions to embrace visitors through all hours of the day and night.

The infrastructure of the city has improved greatly after some one-way streets were converted into two-ways. This allows for a better flow of traffic and makes the city easier to explore, whereas previously people just passed through. Nestled between 12 Mile Creek and the two major highways, Downtown is easy to access, while the city also has ample parking facilities. Street parking downtown is free after 6PM on weekdays and all day on the weekends (with a few exceptions) and the whole of St. Catharines is serviced by buses and the central bus terminal is located downtown, but it is considered to be a very “walkable” city.

Brock University’s Faculty of Fine and Performing Arts and the First Ontario Performing Arts Centre are venues that feature several of the performing and visual arts in the city. The Meridian Centre seats 5,300 spectators for sporting events and concerts and is home to the Niagara IceDogs, and the Niagara River Lions.

The retailers, restaurants, galleries, and cafes of the area offer