Heritage

Well before its official incorporation as a city in 1876, St. Catharines has had a rich history worth exploring and diving into. 

Spend an afternoon at the St. Catharines Museum & Welland Canal Centre @ Lock 3 and see  visiting ships from all corners of the world.  You’ll observe these giants climb the escarpment as they travel between Lake Ontario and Lake Erie.

The Morning Star Mill provides a rare glimpse back in time to when moving water provided power to mechanically grind grain into flour. It features a working gristmill built in 1872, a turbine shed, sawmill, a blacksmith and carpentry shop.

St. Catharines was the final terminus on the Underground Railroad for hundreds of slaves in the 1820s. The Underground Railroad and Niagara’s Freedom Trail was a network of people who hid and guided black slaves as they fled the United States and headed north to Canada to seek freedom.

The railroad began at the “The Crossing,” which is located along the Niagara River by historic Fort Erie and ends at the British Methodist Episcopal Church, Salem Chapel. Harriet Tubman, an important Underground Railroad conductor and abolitionist attended this chapel which became an important space for early abolitionist activity in British North America. Tubman remained in St. Catharines for 10 years where she worked as an abolitionist and helped former enslaved people adjust to their new life.

 

 

The Brown Homestead

The Brown Homestead

 1317 Pelham Rd, St. Catharines, ON L2R 6P7, St. Catharines,
 905.328.1646
 info@thebrownhomestead.ca

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Niagara Folk Arts Multicultural Centre

Niagara Folk Arts Multicultural Centre

 85 Church Street, St. Catharines
 905-685-6589
 generalenquiries@folk-arts.ca

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Rodman Hall Art Centre

Rodman Hall Art Centre

 109 St. Paul Crescent, St. Catharines
 905-684-2925

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The Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame

The Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame

 Lock 3, 1932 Welland Canals Parkway, St. Catharines, Ontario, L2R 7C2
 905.984.8880

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British Methodist Episcopal Church, Salem Church

British Methodist Episcopal Church, Salem Church

 92 Geneva Street, St. Catharines, Ontario Canada ​L2R 4N2
 ​905-682-0993

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St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre

St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre

 1932 Welland Canals Parkway, St. Catharines
 905.984.8880
 museum@stcatharines.ca

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