Five ways to celebrate Victoria Day weekend

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The Victoria Day long weekend is always a sign that summer is around the corner! Here’s five ways to have a great long weekend and kick summer off at home.

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Explore outside

Take advantage of the nice weather and enjoy walks and two-wheel adventures with your family around the neighbourhood or exploring nearby parks and trails. St. Catharines is home to some of the best parkland and trail networks around. Get outside for a walk, run or spin.

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See the ships climb the escarpment along the Welland Canal path. Make a game for your youngsters by seeing who can spot where in the world the ships are coming from.

Shop Local from Home

Planning on firing up the grill this weekend? Bring home some sizzle from St. Catharines markets, butchers and grocers ready to help you stock your pantry with all the BBQ essentials for the first long weekend of summer.

Find fresh food for the grill and all the right flavours for a super summer home cookout at St. Catharines businesses on


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Stock up on the local bounty of fruit and vegetables, baked goods, meats, cheeses and more with a visit to the St. Catharines Farmers Market, open every Thursday and Saturday downtown at Market Square.

Feast on some takeout

Bring the vibe from your favourite St. Catharines patios to your own home and take the weekend off from behind the grill (and cleaning up after, too). All you’ll have to do is pull up a chair or roll out the picnic blanket in your backyard.

St. Catharines restaurants are open and have you and your family covered with individual and family meals available for takeout, curbside pickup and delivery. Find something tasty to treat the family with at

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Plan a backyard picnic: Henry of Pelham Estate Winery is ready to help you level up your long weekend with a picnic for two featuring poached salmon, baked pasta shells, salad, cookies wine and more.

Sip your way into summer

Working in the yard is a great way to spend time outside over the weekend. Quench your thirst with a refreshing cold one made right here in the Garden City.

St. Catharines craft breweries offer safe and convenient curbside pickup for when you’re ready to relax in your backyard. Find St. Catharines craft breweries, wineries and distilleries on

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Two things: Lock Street Brewing Co. now offers and hard seltzer, plus, Dragan Brewing and Wine, St. Catharines newest craft brewery and winery, is now open for online ordering and curbside pickup.

If the weather is not so nice

There’s still plenty to do inside should the weather not be too nice outside. Connect with St. Catharines businesses to order crafts to do as a family for curbside pickup or reuse and recycle things you find around the house on projects like bird feeders. Check out our event listings for virtual events and online activities. Plan to connect with family and friends virtually. Work together as a family to make some summery treats with local ingredients.

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In 2020 the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre launched #NiagaraPerforms, a free virtual livestreamed concert series that took place in artists’ living rooms, kitchens, hallways and even our own stages.

All 40 livestreamed events are available online so you can replay the local summer soundtrack over and over to start the season off on the right note.

Stay safe

Whatever you get up to this weekend remember to keep public health protocols in mind to help stop the spread. Limit celebrations to the people you live with, or with one additional household if you live alone. Wear a face covering when supporting local businesses and when physical distancing is a challenge. Wash / sanitize hands often and maintain physical distancing. Stay home if your are not feeling well.

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