Why you will LoveSTC!

From authentic wine and culinary experiences, to unique festivals and cultural events including live music, theatre and sporting events, St. Catharines is at the heart of it all. Take advantage of our affordable accommodations, meeting facilities and close proximity to all major Niagara attractions. With our flexible itineraries you’ll have the freedom to explore and immerse yourself in local experiences. 

The City of St. Catharines is the largest City in the Niagara Region and is the urban centre of Niagara. St. Catharines provides close proximity to Niagara Falls, Toronto and Buffalo.

Accessible by car, train, boat and air, access three border crossings within 35 minutes of St. Catharines

#LoveSTC is a campaign to do just that – show our great city the love and support we have for it!

Getting Here

Looking for exciting festivals and events? Delicious cuisine? Sporting events or theatre? There’s much to do and a lot to love about St. Catharines and #GettingOutInSTC couldn’t be easier.

Nestled in the heart of Niagara, St. Catharines is the largest city in region, with more than 136,000 people living here and a thriving downtown. Conveniently located in the core of Southern Ontario’s Golden Horseshoe St. Catharines is 112 kilometers south of Toronto, 52 kilometers north-east of Buffalo and a quick 15-to-20 minutes away from all the fun stuff in Niagara.  

More than 10 million people are only a three-hour drive or less away from St. Catharines and attractions such as the revolutionary Welland Canal, award-winning wineries and restaurants, picture-perfect outdoor life and more.

getting here

How to get Here

Arrive By Car

Links to QEW and 400-series highways

The city is bisected by the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW), which runs from Toronto to Buffalo. It also links to major 400-series highways to access points north, east, and west of St. Catharines.


40 miles from Buffalo. Cross at the Peace Bridge, Rainbow Bridge or the Queenston/Lewiston Bridge, follow the QEW towards Toronto. Exit at Ontario Street for downtown St. Catharines.


230 miles from Detroit. Follow the Detroit Windsor tunnel to Canada and continue on your route to Niagara.

Arrive By Bus

Major cities serviced daily

Major cities serviced daily by bus include Niagara Falls, Burlington, London, Toronto, Buffalo, New York, Boston, Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Washington. Downtown terminal is at 70 Carlisle Street.

t. 905.682.9206

w. greyhound.ca

w. coachcanada.com

Arrive By Train

Via Rail and Amtrak

Via Rail and Amtrak offer a combined service to St. Catharines – one train from Toronto, New York City and Cleveland through Niagara Falls each day. Station opens 30 minutes prior to train arrival times and closes 30 minutes after departure. Tickets must be pre-purchased. No ticket sales available at station. Reservations and tickets can be purchased online or by phone. E-boarding passes can be printed using self-service kiosk inside the station. Call 1.888.842.7245 48 hours in advance for wheelchair lift requests. Checked baggage service not offered, visit viarail.ca for more information on carry-on baggage. Located on Great Western Street off St. Paul Street West.

t. 1.888.842.7245

w. viarail.ca

Arrive By Plane

Closest commercial airports

Hamilton International Airport, Pearson International Airport (Toronto), and Buffalo International Airport (Buffalo, NY) are the closest commercial airports. Niagara District Airport in Niagara-on-the-Lake is primarily for private and charter aircraft. Airbus and taxi service are available from all airports. Visit www.flygta.com for information on how to easily fly into or out of Niagara!

w. www.flygta.com

Arrive By Boat

St. Catharines has multiple marinas

If you are boating or sailing into St. Catharines, the city has many marinas offering transient docking and repair facilities.

Transient dockage available.
Dalhousie Yacht Club
t. 905.934.8325 ext. 24

80 Lighthouse Road St. Catharines
t. 905.646.5515

200 Broadway Avenue St. Catharines
t. 905.935.5522

Visitors to Canada

Border crossings

There are 4 border crossings entering from the U.S. to Niagara. For more information: visit cbsa-asfc.gc.ca or call toll-free 1.800.461.9999. For American customs information: visit travel.state.gov or cbp.gov.

t. 1.800.461.9999

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