St Catharines, ON, Canada

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St Catharines, ON, Canada

Saint Catharines vacation rentals

Get to know St. Catharines

Discover Ontario’s very own Garden City and an array of fascinating cultural attractions in St. Catharines, a Canadian getaway located on the shores of Lake Ontario and within a 30-minute drive of the iconic Niagara Falls. From lazy days exploring more than 1,000 acres of lush green spaces to finding new favorite tipples along the Niagara Wine Route and peeking into the past at the Port Dalhousie Heritage District, there’s plenty to keep the whole family entertained. From quaint cottages to luxury lakeside pool homes, St. Catharines vacation rentals offer the perfect base from which to enjoy all that this vibrant city has to offer.

Explore gorgeous outdoor spaces in St. Catharines

St. Catharines has plenty of appeal when it comes to outdoor activities, but the pace at which you enjoy your surroundings is up to you. The city is known for its beautiful parks and gardens and it’s easy to see why at the Frederick Law Olmsted-designed Montebello Park where features include an ornamental fountain and commemorative rose garden. If you’re traveling with children, a trip to the petting farm at Happy Rolph’s Bird Sanctuary is guaranteed to put a spring in their step. And for something a little different, why not take a Segway tour along the 28-mile-long Welland Canal?

Experience bustling downtown St. Catharines

Many St. Catharines vacation rentals are within a short stroll of the city’s downtown district, a revamped spot where you can indulge in a little retail therapy at its boutique stores, browse the colorful stalls at Ontario’s oldest farmers’ market (Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, year-round), or squeeze in a culture fix at the CRAM Gallery, the country’s smallest art gallery, and the Brock School of Fine and Performing Art’s Rodman Hall. Downtown St. Catharines became an official stop on the Niagara Wine Route back in 2014, making it the perfect launch pad for enjoying your favorite tipple at the likes of the 13th Street Winery.

Enjoy St. Catharines in the summer

Summer is peak season in St. Catharines and with good reason. Average temperatures between June and August can top 80 degrees although the breeze from Lake Ontario can provide some welcome cooling. Admittedly, it’s more crowded at this time of year but the area attractions are in full swing so you won’t miss any of the highlights. Temperatures over the winter can drop below freezing and blizzards are a common event. The shoulder seasons of spring and fall are a good bet if you’d prefer fewer crowds and a wider choice of St. Catharines vacation rentals.

Discover lakes and beaches around St. Catharines

Lake Ontario may take center stage in St. Catharines but Lake Erie is also worth a visit as are top attractions such as the Horseshoe and American Falls in nearby Niagara Falls. Boat trips are not as prevalent as you might think in St. Catharines itself but can be easily organized elsewhere in the area. A dinner cruise on the Niagara Belle sails from Queenston every Saturday over the summer, taking in sights such as Fort George and Niagara-on-the-Lake. Prefer to keep your feet on dry land? The beach at Lakeside Park is a beautiful spot to enjoy a picnic before taking in the sunset over Lake Ontario.