Note: This isn’t directly related to Niagara Falls, but if you have come to Niagara Falls for a visit, this is a place you may want to check out.
I’ve lived in St Catharines for a good portion of my life (actually, 3 different times). It is a great place to live. I’m about an hour from Toronto, 15 minutes from Niagara Falls, and half an hour from Buffalo. Through all that time, I’ve never been to the St Catharines Museum. It is located at Lock 3 along the Welland Canals Parkway (1932 Welland Canals Parkway, St Catharines ON L2R 7K6, Tel: 905-984-8880). It is run by the City of St Catharines, and on Family Day this year they had some activities for the children so we went.
There is no admission fee to enter the museum. They have a donation box, and you can donate as much (or as little) as you want.
We were pleasantly surprised with the quality of the museum. At that time (and for another month or two), there was an exhibit with old toys. The kids really liked that part. We then walked through the rest of the museum were the permanent exhibits are. There were exhibits about local sports figures, military heroes, the Underground Railroad, and more. Of course there was a rather large space devoted to the Welland Canal.
If you are looking for an inexpensive day trip with the kids, the St Catharines Museum might be just the right place.
As always, you can see some of the thumbnails below, and you can see the all of the images including the larger sized ones in the St Catharines Museum on Family Day 2012. Please note that I took the pictures with my cell phone, so they aren’t as good as they normally would be.
As a side note, the Niagara Falls Image Gallery now has 3421 images in 267 categories.