Population: 133,113

Living in St. Catharines, Canada:
Tips for Moving and Visiting

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If you've been wondering what it's like to live in or visit St. Catharines, the Crowdsourced Explorer community can help. We asked three people living in St. Catharines what someone who is considering moving to or visiting there should know. Here are their pros and cons, tips, and advice:

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If one moves to St. Catharines, they should strongly consider a downtown or midtown location, if not the rural outskirts. The downtown and the area directly surrounding it are quite nice, with the oldest houses in the city and a many independently owned businesses. However, the area between the older parts of town and the rural outskirts is, frankly speaking, frequently hideous. I know it’s unavoidable in most cities now, but something about a strip plaza full of chain-owned industrial businesses one has never actually stepped foot in, lining overly-busy and poorly planned roads, while a homeless man pushes a shopping cart directly towards your car while you pray the light you’ve been stopped at for ages finally changes before he gets close enough to knock on your window to ask for money, something you wouldn’t mind so much if you were walking but when you’re in a car that can’t move it feels so much worse – something about that fills one with despair. I dislike the strip plazas in St. Catharines.

Courtney, says: 2020

St. Catharines is a wonderful place, tucked between Lake Ontario and Lake Erie, within easy distance of the big-city life of Toronto, and yet, in a wine-growing area, full of rural charm. The excitement of Niagara Falls with its natural wonders is nearby. And, there is Buffalo across the border with its shopping, restaurants, and the airport, granting access to many destinations.

St. Catharines has Brock University in the South End and is close to Niagara College. They should know that while the city has large shopping complexes, it also has a fair amount of green space. The largest park is Montebello Park near downtown and the Welland Canal Parkway runs all along the East side of the City.

Katherine, says: 2020

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