You Know You Are From St Catharines When…

I don’t recall where I first got these, but if you are from St. Catharines, Ontario and over 30 then you will probably nod feverishly to at least half of these.

If you know who created the list, let me know in the comments so I can give them proper credit.

Edit: It seems we may have identified the original creator of the list; Sam Burgio, brother of commentor Carm.  Thanks Carm!

You Know Your Are From St. Catharines if...

1. You played pool (at least once) at The Rack.
2. You remember the Bijou Arcade in Lincoln Mall. (If you actually played in there consider yourself a veteran!)
3. You always wondered if anyone went inside of that Blackbeard’s Barbershop at the corner of Geneva and Linwell.
4. You shopped at Food City, Towers, Woolco, and Food Terminal followed by their respective successors of IGA, Zellers, Walmart and Commisso’s.
5. You ate at all 37 different Fish and Chips franchises at the north corner of the Linwell Plaza.
6. You had your prescriptions filled at the Big V.
7. You ALWAYS refer to AVONDALE when speaking of a convenience store no matter where you are in the world).
8. You played with and probably cried over the Tiger-Cat toys at the front of Bargain Harold’s at the Lincoln Mall.
9. You remember that stuffed animal in a hot air balloon hanging from the ceiling inside the OLD Fairview Mall, or the live birds inside the big cage.
10. You won a Book-IT coupon from elementary school and you used it to buy a personal sized pepperoni pizza at Pizza Hut.
11. You attended at least one of the St. Alfred Italian Feasts even if you aren’t Italian.
12. You joyfully ran up and down the many brown tiled ramps that were inside the old Pen Centre.
13. You thought that Lincoln Mall Cinemas were the best in the city, even though the Town Cinemas on St. Paul St. were cooler.
14. You worked out at either the old Downtown or Grantham YMCA’s.
15. One of your parents or grandparents bought cold cut meats at the Italian Shop on Garnet St.
16. Your heart flutters with recognition whenever you see someone outside of the Niagara Region carrying a Commisso’s bag.
17. You went with your parents to buy plants on Ontario Street across from the K-Mart.
18. You were shit on at Happy Rolph’s more than once!
19. One of your parents misses Joe McCaffery
20. You played in the Queen Elizabeth community centre 15 yrs ago and you thought it was a dive even back then!
21. You point out to every out of towner that Victoria School was featured in the Christmas Story.
22. You bought velcro shoes, white underwear or socks at least once at each major Biway outlet in the city.
23. You saw a $2 movie at the Pendale Cinemas.
24. You went on a date to TropiGolf or caused shit there with one of your friends.
25. You had a Blue or Red Icee (aka liquid cocaine) at the Woolco Food Court.
26. You pissed in Lancaster Pool.
27. You hate getting caught at one of the bridges (if you understand this sentence you ARE a true St. Kitter!)
28. Your ice cream has dropped out of the cone at the Avondale Dairy Bar on Stewart Road.
29. Your ID was taken away at the Lakeside or Gord’s.
30. You know Pearson Park as the “Rocket ship park“.
31. You remeber the Word of Life church being an orchard.
32. You can drive through downtown without getting confused, park for free,and find your car at the end of the night.
33. The best place to get lunch downtown was at Diana Sweets.
34. You smoked pot or tobagganed at Jaycee Park.
35. You get confused in towns without Summer and Winter bars.
36. You’ve been on at least one date which included “walking the pier.
37. You know the differnce between Welland, Wellandport, and Port Weller.
38. You have a personal favourite Tim Hortons
39. You feel a certain smug superiority over everyone who’s from Thorold.
40. You hate Niagara Falls.
41. You got tricked at least once as a kid by the knife & tool sharpening truck, mistaking it for a Dikee-Dee.
42. You went to the front window of the Hobby Shop on St. Paul St. to put your hand on the glass and make the train go around the track.
43. You bought canned goods at Valdi’s.
44. You had a birthday pizza party as a kid at Julio’s, your name was put on the train, and a Polaroid picture of you was put on a button.
45. You went grocery shopping at either the Miracle Mart, Dominion, or Loblaws at the Pen, and then bought bottles of cream soda at the Pop Shoppe.
46. You were born at the Hotel Dieu Hospital.
47. You had a hard time deciding whether to go to the Friday night Falcons game, or wait until Saturday to see the Saints play.
48. Jack Gatecliff Arena will always be known to you as Garden City Arena.
49. Sergeant Harry Artinian visited your school with Elmer the Safety Elephant.
50. You slid down the big steel slide at Motebello Park.
51. You learned how to hit a golf ball on the driving range where Costco is now. Remember the big yellow tires?
52. A good place for ice cream was the Baskin Robbins on Geneva Street.
53. It used to seem like you were driving far out into the country when you went to Club Roma.
54. You slept out in at tent at Camp Wetaskiwin.
55. You’ve gotten really drunk at the Mansion House after the Grape & Wine Festival Parade.
56. You were in the Pied Piper Parade at some time during your childhood.
57. You hit a methane gas pole with your ball at the Municipal Golf Course.
58. You loved to explore the different departments (especially the toys upstairs) at Coy Brothers.
59. Before the Mandarin, there was Kim Court, and before there was Toys R Us there was Consumers Distributing – both at the Pendale Plaza.
60. You tell everyone around you that the song is about St. Catharines whenever you hear “Lakeside Park” by Rush being played on the radio

Share With Your Friends… And Comment With Your Favorite St. Catharines Memory…

Darren Crawford

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kimcourtjester - 5 years ago

I hate that you have reminded me of so many fond memories of home. I miss the bridges… and avondales…. mansion house… haha thorold. theyll get there one day… sheeans… montebello park yeaa… and a moment of silence for choo choo charlies, beloved neighbor (to some degree) of Julios.

well done. tears of painful joy come streaming down my face.

    darren - 5 years ago

    After your comment I pulled up Google Maps and did the streetview of Port… looking at my old house. Pla Mor, Gracefield… all the places I kicked around as a kid.

    It has changed so much, but is really the same. I miss it too.

Gailking_1 - 4 years ago

Are you the Darren Crawford that used to bowl at Pla-Mor? I figure you must be you, I remember you living close to it. I am the mother of all the Stup boys. Wow so long ago, so it seems…

    darren - 4 years ago

    Hey! Yes I am the same one. Time flies – that is about 25 years ago. How are you all doing?

1971roxy - 3 years ago

Not only did I get my prescriptions filled at The Big V, I worked there the whole time they were there until they were bought out by Shoppers…Dianna sweets can now be found in Clare’s (Harley Davidsons)…..and Sargent Harry is still around he’s a customer of a pharmacy I worked at…..awe thanks for all the found memories

Charity Gilmore - 3 years ago

Darren, I love this!!! So true!!! ~Charity

Debbie Mcpherson - 3 years ago

I’ve lived in St. Catharines for 30 years, from Toronto, and love it here.  Many of these things I had forgotten about…. When was the Avondale Dairy on Reed Road…. I’ve only known it on Stewart Rd… both my kids worked there as teenagers.

Hope - 3 years ago

don’t forget the old ymca building downtown and attending dances there

Hope - 3 years ago

and the roller rink on Ontario St….skating to “Band on the Run” and the “Locomotion”

    Debbie - last year

    One of my favorite places too!

    denis - 7 months ago

    does anyone remember the address where the old roller rink was in st.catharines or what is there now?

      JuanitaM - 6 months ago

      Wheelies and Saints roller rink on Hartzel Road but there is a Food Basics there now

    Karen oatway(webb) - 6 months ago

    Skated there in 1963

Joel Pops Diacur - 3 years ago

The Root beer river flowing down Oakdale ave,the steam whistles from Domtar and Kimberly -Clark papermills and Colonel Saunders in the Merriton Labour day parade!!

Mike B. - 3 years ago

Thanks for the flash back. I remember when AVONDALE use to deliver milk to our house. We all had these metal boxes that where insulated with AVONDALE printed on the front ,and they would be next to our side doors. Got to be in the 60’s and early 70’s.
I remember the birdcages at the Fairview Mall, also remember a small war plane( I think it was) ,,hanging from the ceiling. I think it was around where the food court is now. I have a B&W picture of my father painting the metal parts of the big sign that said “Fairview Mall’ out front of the mall near ”The Right House”. Theres another store gone. Where Zehr.s stands now.
Do you remember Julios Plant one and Plant two,,,the train that went around the place,,and the Spaghetti Monster. lol The wife and I where just talking about plant one and two earlier this evening as we where driving back from Dairy Queen.
Well,,that was fun,,,I could go on and on. Alot of changes over the years.

Debbie Petch - 3 years ago

Sigh, still living here. Thanks for the memories though.

Peggy M - 3 years ago

The bird cage from Fairview Mall is at Vineland Antiques and the 30 ft Xmas Stocking from the roof of The Right House is lit up every Xmas on the side of the Vineland Antiques store at 4227 Victoria Ave in Vineland. It’s worth a trip out to see it.

    kandys m - a couple of years ago

    wow, just googled the address and there it is, sittin at the side of the road, looks a lot smaller when its not inside a mall….lol, then again I was smaller too so everything seemed bigger………..I can hear that bird whistling now!!

Carm - 3 years ago

Hi! My brother Sam Burgio actually started this hilarious list about 10 years ago!! He wrote the first 30 or so while in university. Others have obviously added to the list over the years. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw that his list was posted on Facebook!

Dave MacDonald - 3 years ago

Pretty good list… #26, Lancaster Pool – I remember the Ice Cream there – it was a hard packed cylinder – they peeled the paper off and put it in the cone..oh ya, and I did pee in the pool. I spent about 35 of my 50 years there – still could not figure out downtown….The Pop Shoppe also had delivery trucks in the burbs – I still have a book I bought at Towers with the label on it…I think the engineers who designed the city did so after three weeks of continuous mind stimulants….and no ruler….Only in St. Catharines can you have the same street both parallel and perpendicular…And you would remember that Linwell didn’t always go all the way to Ontario…the old Landfill by the arena was there. They built Sheridan Park school on top of the landfill – as the first students there we got to watch the foundation crack and the trash start to come up through the soil…it was a great and probably toxic experience – but most of us survived. it. We all know someone who lived in either Gerry Cheever’s house on Grantham, or Doug Favell’s house, or Rick Hampton’s – and whenever we saw Wilf Paiement wearing #99 for the Leafs we told everyone that he was from St. Catharines. We always pretended that Thorold wasn’t part of St. Catharines, and Niagara on the Lake pretended they we weren’t part of them. And finally, for some of you, you will remember standing next to the canal while sailors from all different countries through foreign change down. One more finally – everyone who is really a St. Catharines native has a yellowed copy of the St. Catharines Standard that they have kept that has their name in it somewhere.

    chrisvantr - a couple of years ago

    We were on the front page twice. Once when the get a way car from the St. Davids bank robbery was found on our property and the other when our barn burnt on Jan. 7th , 77 and yes we still have the copy of the paper.

    Donna Parr - last year

    Those hard ice-cream were called mallow rolls and were exclusive to Sivlerwoods Dairy. It was on Welland Ave on the north side between Niagara and East streets. The dairy also had the goose neck bottles that allowed the cream to rise to the top. There was a special spoon that abled you to decant the cream without the milk mixing in. My dad used to be the head pasteurizer there.

Brad - 3 years ago

That was fun, but the Avondale is on Stewart Rd, not Reed Rd. And why did that Rocket Ship at Pearson Park always reek of pee? And why DID everyone always cause so much trouble at TropiGolf?

laurie - a couple of years ago

My friend started this list! It had since evolved!

Jenn - a couple of years ago

Club 404

    Laura - last year

    aha – yes Club404! We used to put old hairspray bottles filled with alcohol in our purses to sneek it in and drink in the bathroom…

DBailey - a couple of years ago

Simply awesome!

joanne - a couple of years ago

love it!! and don’t forget an awesome play date was going to the sandpiles and rolling down – whether you wanted to or not!!

David Wilson - a couple of years ago

and you know
that King Donuts on Bunting Road is the only licensed donut shop around; and remember bicycle trails near the sand piles along the water treatment plant and canal; and
Saturday In The Park at Montebello Park; and the two drive-in movie theatres at the Lakeshore and on the hill near Brock University

ammvdz - a couple of years ago

Mostly true… to bad (too bad) Avondale Dairy Bar is on Stewart Rd not Read Rd. (you also spelt (spelled) it wrong) and is in Niagara-on-the-Lake NOT St. Catharines.

M McLean - a couple of years ago

What about tobogganing down suicide hill?

Kelly Mawhinney - a couple of years ago

More stuff: you remember being at the Pen Centre before it was enclosed – it was first an open set of shops. You remember going to Lakeside park swimming pool and paying a dime to get in. You wore jesus sandals to go everywhere and Jesus Chris Super Star the song was playing on the radio. You helped raise money to save the carousel in the 60’s when it was under threat of being dismantled. You went to Sparky’s variety to buy your very first Tiger Beat magazine which cost 50 cents. You crossed the highway from behind Queen Mary school to get too the Fairview mall as a shortcut (not smart of course). You played down by the old Welland canal – and got into trouble if that was discovered. You hung out at the Welland canal to watch ships go through or your family made you do so. Trips to the big Avondale in the country to get massive ice creams and sit by the cows to eat them. Riding your bike from St. Kitts to Niagara on the Lake and thinking that it was really close to where you lived in St. Kitts. The first trip to Sam’s to get your very first record – usually a 45 because that’s what you could afford – and being so excited when they sealed your purchase in the plastic wrap.

Deb - a couple of years ago

No one said anything about the Red Barn on Hartzell Rd… as a kid in the 60’s & 70’s that was a big outing for dad and all 7 kids piled in the stationwagon, miilkshakes & fries at the Red Barn or cones at the Avondale then on to watch a couple boats go through the canal… ( I was always the one that dropped my ice cream in the back of the stationwagon but it was never my fault!!! ) Great childhood memories!

    Donna Parr - last year

    No one mentioned the A&W drive in on Ontario St. with car hops and the great big brown bottles of root beer that you could purchase there. It later was a Frank Vetieres Pizzeria and is now Jack Asstors

john - a couple of years ago

This is pretty funny. I was looking for something completely different on line and stumbled across this site. Born at the Hotel Dieu, it all sound very familiar. What about racing around Victoria Lawn Cemetary after coming back from over the river on the weekends?

Joe - a couple of years ago

You had your skates sharpend at Bob Patricks, on St. Paul Street

Jen_is - a couple of years ago

This!!! It was at Zellers on Bunting rd!

Jan Bentley - a couple of years ago

I remember seeing alice cooper at the old arena

    Natalie M - a couple of years ago

    I still have a poster torn off a hydro pole for that concert

Chadd Parker - a couple of years ago

I remember lots of stuff i could write a book lol I miss the old dount dinner at the plaza on Welland Av ,and the people that would meet there! I worked for the City for 7-8 years and witness them wreck ever good thing they had there and waste more money then you care to know! And took a lot of good people down to protect themselves, I hear they contract out everything now days still to the management / supervisor’s that own there own company’s ! And it’s still is one VERY Corrupt place run by self feeders form the cops to city hall one big boy’s club of weak ass sheep. it’s nothing but a shit hole now, best thing is i moved form there in 08-09 My best friends live there still hope they can find a way to escape;)

Donnie Messervey - a couple of years ago

Kresgee’s on St.Paul st…the facer street fish store…pogo’s at Woolco

    Karen - last year

    Wallases on St.Paul, great store!

      Twila Steiger - last year

      Wallaces not with an s.

        Don wilson - last year

        Hi Twila, Very long time no see. I hope everything is fine with you and Frank.
        How many children?
        Wow it has been a long time

        cheers David (Don) Wilson previously 23 Mildred ave

Maggie May - a couple of years ago

Can anyone tell me the name of the Roller rink on Ontario st? Not Wheelies on Hartzel, the OLD one…. lol ??????

Dawn McLean - a couple of years ago

I can tell you for a fact people went into Blackbeards because my Aunt owned it lol!!!

Jeff Folkersen - last year

Thanks for the trip down memory lane. Left St. Kits Early ’70’s. Nice memories. Met my true love there, and now we are expats down in sunny St. Petersburg FL. Not bad for a coupla st. kits kids.

Sandra Sawyer - last year

I remember Wallace’s downtown with the walkway leading to the kid’s dept., Vito’s pizza at the corner of Lake and Dufferin, Smokie’s shoe repair on Taylor Ave…I could go on. Thanks for the walk down memory lane

Jon Shaw - last year

But no mention of the Trews song “montebello park” or the death of tim horton at the QEW / lake street overpass??

Ryan Brown - last year

Thanks so much for these great memories. it’s a shame that St. Catharines is so different now, but I’m sure that’s what everyone says about their hometown as the years go by. You’re definitely from St. Catharines if you know to spell it with an “a” and not an “e”! I’ll add a memory as well. Being from the north end area near Scott and Geneva I remember the ” bike” trails” in the wooded area behind Fairview mall. Before the YMCA and the box stores were built. I spent hours there with my friends on bmx bikes. I’m sure it must have been a party place for teenagers as well. As a skateboarder I also remember when Sud Skates was on Bond St. Ahhhh the memories…

Emma - last year

I am currently on a month and a half long journey in Australia, every time I get drunk and run out of smokes I ask people “do you know where the closest Avondale is?” To which they stare at me blankly or just laugh because it’s so very apparent I’m not a local lol awww I miss st kitts.

Katie - last year

Did anyone else have nightmares from that terrifying mural on the antique store wall on Welland Ave (or if not Welland Ave, somewhere near downtown)? That creepy staring baby…

    Dom - last year

    It is still there at Welland & Geneva. My kids point out “Mickey Mouse” every time we go by.

Kelly Campbell - last year

Does anyone remember the big sand piles?? Our parents used to take us to Avondale Dairy for ice cream then to go run up and down the sandpiles. My mom would brush us off before getting back into car. Lol

    Pam (nee)Thurston - 10 months ago

    Sand piles were at Port Weller/entry of the Canal., Lock one . Municiple Beach, Sand piles and then Avondale
    Life was wonderful.

    Amber - 6 months ago

    I used to do that too! I was going to mention it until I saw your comment!

Carli - last year

Enchanted antiques!!! Haha, that mural has been there forever!! Born and raised in St. Catharines…attended Alexandra which I believe was the first public school in the region, and spent a few ‘breaks’ huddled in Pearson Park during the Laura Secord years! It’s been awesome reading everyone’s comments and memories! Lot’s of changes around here, but that’s life. I loved taking my son to the hobby shop window to put his little hand on the window hand and seeing what must have been my same expression when I was his age on his face when that train came round. Good times, good times!

Rona - last year

How about shopping at Meatland on Bunting Road.,The Stompers and the Virgel Stampede!

Rick Smith - last year

The Pen Center was an outdoor mall. The Lincoln and the Palace Theaters downtown. The Lakeshore Drive In. I remember the Haig Bowl when it was an outdoor rink. Coming home this summer.

Joanna - last year

Fabulous memories and a ton of laughs. I moved away 20 years ago but continue to visit my folks from time to time. The city has definitely changed, but this list helps me to remember the beautiful garden city that I called home not what it is now.

Thank you

Al Wight - last year

Going to Charlie Chans in the Pendale Plaza, or the Welland House. As a kid going to Peter Pans drive in restaurant on Ontario St. After Peter Pans it became a Mr.Subs.

    Nicky - last year

    Uncle Al- the port Dalhousie carnival with late night fireworks

Al Wight - last year

As mayor Joe would say, its a fine fine city. Oh and lets not forget Scruff Connors from 97.7 htzFm…….

Cathy - last year

Roller skating at Wheelies on Hartzel Rd…..
Buffalo chips at Casey’s restaurant at the pen
When there was still an A & W on Ontario street that brought trays out and clipped them on your window in the late 70’s
The awesome mini-put with died blue water at the Lincoln Mall for date nights

Cathy - last year

Oh…and I forgot Mothers Pizzareria on Geneva Street
Mayor Roy Adams, such an awesome man

Geraldine (Fishleigh) Kelter - last year

Sundays at Port on the rides and playing all the clip-games. Never forget the Carousel – still there thanks to the Friends of the Carousel.

Dom - last year

How many of you learned to drive at Foster’s, with Mr Foster who looked like he drove the first car in the city. “STOP does not mean, Skid Tires On Pavement” I also remember a time when the 406 ended downtown. And the “new” Walmart was way out in the west end.

Reply - last year

Remember driving to work downtown in winter and my car sliding down the unsanded hill to the parking lot where the arena now stands

Raymond Peters - last year

I remember having my first cig in Secord Woods behind Ferndale School. Also the Rush Jam House on St. Paul Street. I left St. Kitts in 1976 to relocate in Saskatoon.

David Christiansen - last year

I can claim to have memories of just about all.
#17 in particular. Grantham Open Air Market owned by John and Alice Moukperian. I started working there when i was 14.
Tears me up to walk Ontario Street now. John and Alice were the best people I could have worked for. I obtained my love for growing things from them.
I remember walking across the highway(QEW) to the fairview mall. No fences and no traffic. wow, am I really that old.

    David Christiansen - last year

    IRoller skating at the rink on Ontario st. Fishing at Martindale pond and camping out overnight with my brothers. You can’t do stuff like that anymore. Police would stop by and tell us we weren’t supposed to be there but never made us leave or put out our camp fires. Camping at Shangrila could fill in for Weraskiwin I believe. Sigh. Such fun times

Wendy Cullen - last year

How about Lever’s potato chips off Carlton Street just behind the Dairy Queen. Chips came in a box and had a picture of a Majorette in full uniform on the front.
And Cozy Restaurant on Lake Street. Started when I was a kid as a small little diner sort of place..It is still there, only much bigger, and serves the best Chinese Food in the City. Still owned by the Wong family too.
Markarians Steak House on Ontario Street (where the Wildfire is now). The steak house eventually expended to offer the first take out pizza in town.

    Twila Steiger - last year

    Twila Steiger
    How about Homestead Donuts on Lake St long before Tim Hortons ever existed .the best still!
    Now on Wright St off the south service Rd.
    That was Truckers Haven !
    Across the road was the cement plant.
    As kids at Maywood School on Johnson St ,we crossed the highway to get to McGeachies for a snack!
    How about Simpsons towing and restaurant on the corner of Johnson St?(now Haig St.)

      Mark Cripps - 10 months ago

      You made a reference to the Mcgeachie’s and I was wondering if you would elaborate. William McGeachie Sr. the ship captain was my 3rd great grandfather.

Debra - last year

Burgeoning Woods Pool
The Grantham 5 and 10
MacKinnon’s (before it was GM) Mac Baseball Team
Woolworth’s at the Fairview Mall – lunch counter
Harvey’s on Ontario Street with the huge bags of fresh potatoes for French Fries
Submarine Races at the canal (anyone remember these)

    David Christiansen - last year

    the potato chip place was a fav,, was always a truck left unlocked with some chips left in it.

    tobogganing on suicide hill was always a desirable risk.

ang - last year

Loved that club 404 and what’s with naming streets “Louth” out past Martindale? Is That even a Word?

Tyler B - last year

All these bring back so many memories!!! Yes! Club 404! Amazing! And don’t forget Raham’s on St. Paul, The Hideaway…and was anyone else into BMX and go to a spot referred to as “bicycle forest”????

C.R. - last year

I still refer to plastic shopping bags as “A&P” bags.

Sandy's - last year

How about the yearly walk-a-thon for the “Crippled Children’s Centre”?

Twila Steiger - last year

Remember Masons Dairy Bar at the Spilt in the road for Carlton St and the South Service Rd.I met my husband there.
How about the elephants walking down Geneva St to the circus grounds ( now where Fairview Mall exists)
How about the Centre Theatre and the Park theatre on James St?
We went to the Garden Centre Arena ,then to the Park theatre for good old Action movies and popcorn all for 25cents.
I am adding years to all this commentary ! Love it!

    Don wilson - last year

    Twila, don’t forget the bridge over the 12 mile creek on the QEW we used to slide down the hole from the top of the bridge just under the lions ,down to the bottom of the concrete. until some one used it to defecate in then we didn’t do that anymore. lol

gail - last year

Walking to show saw more than a show walking home with diane ,across the river ever weekend to Wayne bar, riding the old horses across canal fell off a lot, going to canal guys throwing money to us, first smoke at canal ridin. bike with no seat playing nicky nack nine doors laughing all the way, helping Whitty with papers loved that boy.Mildred ave best place to live 4 of us in one room move bed to get in closet was that not fun. NEVER happen today ice box and coal pot belly stove trap door to basement

Linda Hallett nee Honsberger,Delgaty - last year

Thanks for all the wonderful memories ! But the best time of my life was spent at the UAW hall on Carlisle St.
For the dances on Friday night ,Saturday afternoon,and back again on Saturday night ! Our parents knew where we were every weekend ! Dancing to the 50’s and 60’s music.

Leo - last year

So-o-ooo many wonderful memories come flooding back! flirting with the roller skating carhops at the A&W on Ontario St, playing pool at Tim & Mac Billiards on St. Paul St. and Kares on Pleasant Ave (and then walking over to the “Duck” – Golden Pheasant for ‘refreshments’), the Lakeport Annex (forerunner to Lakeport Secondary School) across from the Ontario St A&W, Sgt. Harry Artinian visiting Maywood with Elmer to raise the green triangular Safety flag for no accidents, playing lacrosse on gravel in the summer in the open air Haig Bowl and in the Lions Bowl in Pt. Dalhousie, helping sand and paint the damaged horses in the Port Carousel, wandering the Book Fair in Fairview Mall for school supplies, paying 35 cents for a double feature at the Centre Theater on James St., my parents listening to CKTB and then John Larocque on CHSC while I kept bugging them to turn the car radio to CHUM 1050. Great, great memories!

Joan - last year

I remember mailing letters at the post office at the corner of Queen and King Streets. Walked up the stairs, mailed the letters and down the other side Also Glasses (linen and towel store) on James or Queen. Eatons that took up the block from Ontario Street to Williams Street on St. Paul Street and the bus stops opposite on the other side of St. Paul Street. Also remember being told about the horses drinking trough at the delta where Queenston St and Church Street come together. A service garage was there also which is now stores. I remember the Horse shows at the park on Queenston Street every summer which now have homes built there and a baseball diamond beside. Also remember Bissonette and Joys a haberdasher store near Diane Sweets. I remember going to the So-Ed (Social and Education) dances at the YMCA on Queen Street and the beautiful wooden staircase in the foyer of the Y. Also the swimming pool. at the Y. I still think of the beautiful windows in that building every time I am in that area. Also remember the band concerts at Montobello Park where we’d go to meet boys.

Tim Minke - last year

Ahh st. Kits my life long home. New outlet mall on the outskirts and the new looks to everything. I still remember a&p and still call metro a&p even tho I worked there for a couple of months. I may only be 19 but I remember a lot of these and I miss a lot of old things of this now …lacking. City.. Will always be my home but its not as great as it used to be

gail - last year

going to Iland were Towers and house,s used to be building raft falling in water remember Gary andKen alot of us fool,s had a ball. of course Diane was there wish i new were she was now her last name was if i spell it right was Brullett she had 2 brothers one WAS Tommy a sister 2 but do not remember names she lived ofPatricia dr.

David Wright (and Jacqueline Wright) - last year

Wow. This was really great to see. I have so many good memories of St. Catharines when my late wife and I lived there
from 1998 until 2006, when she passed away. We had so many great friends and there was so much to do in the region.
Thanks for sharing this.

JJ - last year

Hey, were any of you guys at that show when Wally Wemnant played at Jerry’s Alley?

Rosie - last year

There were carpeted ramps at the pen too and a Consumers in the plaza at Scott and Vine where Firestone is

Christine - last year

don’t forget suicide hill behind the old haircloth factory for sledding. they also had a carnival there every summer too. remember the “right(sp?)house” at the fairview.
when pen centre was open air, playing in the sandpiles at the canal, being able to catch frogs and tadpoles in the creek running behind dalewood school, now its dead from pollution or filled in in some spots. remember maplewood school, grantham high.
goodness there are just so many!

    John Tracey - last year

    There was a big bump on Suicide Hill, if memory serves me correct. We called it Frankenstein’s Tomb. I remember going over that on those metal saucers that were big in the 1970s.

    Steve - 6 months ago

    Concerts on the hill after the carnivals. Saw lighthouse there…

Patti - last year

Still more stuff: Merritton pool was free, even the lessons.
The lobster man truck parked on Lincoln Ave, competed with KFC for your nose, before KFC moved across the street.
Dairy Queen did not have doors, and had hanging bananas.
Somebody, usually mom, would say “watch out for that sand plant hill” if you were driving to the Falls.
You got your ears pierced at the Right House.
There was a wading pool behind Sears.
You skipped school at Aunt Mary’s (and waited out a few snowstorms when the buses stopped)
The lower level parking lot carnival.

vacation breeze - last year

However, there are some strategic things that we can do to
still have the vacation of our dreams. Like everything else I considered important in my life (i.

Hotels in Kingston take regular trips to the beaches
from surround areas like Hellshire Beach, Fort Clarence
Beach, Naggo Head Beach, and Lime Cay Beach which is situated on a small island on the
fringes of Kingston and is reached by boat from Morgan’s Harbor in Port

terry larocque thompson - last year

wow this brings back so many great memories. I remember going to Ricki’s tavern. Going over the river to party and shop. The good old days

John Tracey - last year

Lots of awesome memories there. Going to the drive-ins (Can-view, Lake Street), carb-loading with a huge plate of Frado’s rigatoni, tobogganing at Burgoyne Woods Park, early morning hockey practices at Rex Stimers, steel drum bands from Trinidad at the Grape & Wine parade….the list goes on

    Diana Kiteley - 8 months ago


    This was a great trip down memory lane. Why did you mention earlier about Diane Mason ? She and I were best friends during public school ?

Diana E Kiteley - 8 months ago

Hi Darren ,

I was Diana Mason’s girlfriend when we were in public school I met her and Judy Richardson at Connaught public and her Dad owned Mason’s dairy, we would go there to get ice cream cones and banana splits. Diane and I went to Brownies and guides together. We both went to Sir Winston Churchill Secondary when it first opened. Jack Theal and Jim Rose went to school there also. I saw Jack Theal about 7 months ago as he was out here in BC visiting his son Kevin. Of Jim Rose passed away so long ago , such a sad loss. I really at this late time in life that my parents had not moved away from this area as it was the happiest time of my life

Sincerely Diana
Diana E Macneil (nee Kiteley)

Bev - 6 months ago

I remember a lot of things listed above. I was born in the Hotel Deui, and I’m still living here. I grew up more in the south end, where we were only 1 of 4 homes and surrounded by fields for awhile. Would always see the wildlife. Now…’s full of homes.
But I remember as a six yr old, seeing the now Keg building on Glendale as a huge fire when we lived off of Burliegh Hill.
The Pen Centre was just a stri mall, no 406 and rows of traffic lights.
How about, for hockey games at the arena, it was the St. Catharines Black Hawks with a very young Marcel Dion playing. Even have a book on the city he and the others signed.
I’ve come across old photos of downtown,plus one of the old library,which they had to tear down for a courthouse.
Also, when we had Markarians Steak house. You could go to the outdoor drive in and actually get a foot long hotdog. Same as the A&Ws, they’d come up to your car with your order.
That’s just of few memories I have, the others here were good reminders.

Steve MacGregor - 6 months ago

Wow so many memories, getting chuckles as I read them. Both my wife and I are from the Secord Woods area and I remember the motorcycle hills before all the houses and the sneaking of grapes off “old man Secords” vines. Just a couple but there are so many more I could go on for a while.

Fred Smythe - 6 months ago

I remember a very young Marcel Dionne living on Albert Street , #95 to be exact, and playing goalie as he took a few slap shots by my head, got out of that net real fast…we all knew he was going to be a superstar , and living 5 houses away from him very cool. Came back many times to the RCA store on Lake street , after his career took off, always remembered where he came from , and how well liked he was here.

Larry O - 6 months ago

Here are some additional memories I have of St. Catharines:

– Potter & Shaw drugstores.
– The Satan’s Choice clubhouse across from Montebello Park where the “hippies” got their supplies.
– Choice president Garnet “Mother” McEwen proprietor of Garnet’s Head Shop
– Annual soap box derby races down the Downing St. hill.
– Cook’s Curiosity Shop on Queenston Ave.
– The Castle (Lake St. & Welland Ave.), the place to be on Friday nights to see live bands in the 60’s like the British Modbeats or the Lincoln Curling Centre on Ontario St. to see the same. P.S.: to see an excellent portrayal of the Niagara rock music scene in St. Kitts in the 60’s check out the four-part series on Youtube entitled “The Big Story of Small Potatoes” (excellent).
– The big Woodstock-like rock concert at Brock University (Brock Music Festival 1970) featuring The Guess Who.
– my favourite place to eat subs in the ’70’s was no other than Toad’s Subs across the street from the Mansion House.

Jamie Cook - a few months ago

You saw Max Webster at Brock University and The Montebello Inn. Every day, you saw the “big guy” driving the red St. Catharines Standard truck around the city. Looking at the Field and Stream Magazines (ya’ right) at Christopher’s Smoke Shop and The Book Mart. And always wondered, who lived in that house half way up Glenridge Avenue on the escarpment. And had to think for a moment, which is north, south, east and west St. Catharines. Every Lancer Restaurant had the best banquet burger and fries with gravy, no matter which one you went to (there are 3). Records on Wheels was the coolest place to buy records. And your first Koho hockey stick was bought in the basement sporting goods department at Raham’s. And lastly, staring at the Fender and Gibson guitars at Walter Ostanek’s Music Studio on Geneva Street.

Darren Collard - a few months ago

Funny so Manny memories so long since I he been home remember spinning records for everyone at Wheelie’s I was there youngest DJ till they closed had a blast miss the faces miss my town hope there’s a wheelies reunion Darren C

Maria - a few months ago

Any one remember the old garden city race track where the new outlet collection mall is??? Spent many a weekend there with my friend Angela riding the swings and gathering old tickets people threw on the ground, while our dads watched the races 🙂

angel bisson - a few months ago

anyone remember the StAlfred dances on friday nights i always remember having a great time those. made so many friends

Robert Williamson - a few months ago

Getting old… I remember when there were no Q.E.W. overpasses for Ontario, Lake, Geneva and Niagara Streets. They had stoplights for the highway. And later… walking up to the top of the unfinished Garden City Skyway bridge. Rides on the horse that pulled the milkman’s wagon in our area around Wolseley Avenue. Growing up in the old Gardiner home on Russell Ave. between Kernahan and Geneva Streets..

My dad took me for my first airplane ride out at the small local airport….. this is all back in the 1950’s….

Going to the fair at Lakeside Park many, many times s I grew up.. at Port Dalhousie for the rides, cotton candy…. the games, that had fireworks certain times of the year… like Victoria Day… ……. especially the airplane ride, and also the Merry Go Round …. and walk the piers…

I was at recess with the other kids at Victoria Elementary School on Niagara Street when some other kids started saying that John F. Kennedy had been shot. Three days later, watching TV, I saw Oswald get shot on live TV…. No cutting away from the action in those days..

Stayed up and watched Armstrong step down on to the surface of the moon……..

That a long time ago… yes… I remember the old roller rink on Ontario Street…. at one point it had a private club upstairs where you could listen and dance to live bands and buy drinks. You had to prove your age and have a membership card. Used to know the business man who owned it. Can’t remember his his name now.

Ahh… Avondale out on Stewart Road…. . for a bit extra money, you could get your milkshake malted… and one or two raw eggs added to your milkshake. Delicious….. they don’t do that anymore.

Downtown…. the Palace, Lincoln, Capital, and Centre Theatres…. go for the matinee in the afternoon… buttered popcorn of course… the old bowling alley on Ontario Street, close to St. Paul

Yes, I also remember when the Pen Centre was an outdoor mall…. Only the stores had roofs…. no roof over the walking area between the stores…

Drinking at the great old Mansion House with my pals as I got older…. and lots of beer and shuffleboard at the old Red Lion at the back of the Holiday Inn close to the Fairview Mall. (No…NOT the same as the Lion’s Tavern in Port Dalhousie.)

Oh yes… Suicide Hill behind St. Paul Street… lots of tobogganing and sleigh rides down the hill. Watch out for the poles. Apparently they started calling it Suicide Hill because at least one kid got killed there over the years by hitting one of the telephone poles lower down on the hill. If you got a good speed… you would go right under the wire ropes and across the street by the parking lot below the back of St. Paul Street… You had to have a very slick and fast toboggan to do that.. 🙂

I remember the “Hobo Jungle” and also the story of the killer “Hatchet Sam” that used to scare us kids…

So much of that all long gone now….. . memories…

Now… I like to fly to see other places in the world… while I am still healthy and strong enough to carry a max carry-on size backpack. Time is limited now….


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