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 commenter Carm.  Thanks Carm!

You Know You 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 remember 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 tobogganed 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 difference 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 Montebello 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…

358 thoughts on “You Know You Are From St Catharines When…”

  1. 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.

    1. 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.

      1. Hi Darren. Do you know where I can find any info and pictures of the old eatons store on st.paul st. in st.catharines. Thanks.

      2. Everything he said blew my mind but what about fishing in Martindale pond. And bowling at Parkway lanes, going to the old bars downtown (Montebello, the old Russell or Jerry’s hotel and the shoe tree out front every kid I knew got there first Bruce Jenners there. Watching the old steam engine train go

      3. I laughed SO HARD at your list- FACTS😉
        We were in choir together- I was one of two miner miners joined at the hip, LOL!!
        My diploma from Simcoe says “last of the Gators” & my fav memory was bowling on the gym floor before “Our Lady of the Hostile Takeover”

      4. Suzanne (Richard) Moore

        Sounds to me like some of this is after my time. I left in 1972. I went to Sir Windston Churchill high. Was a St. Catharines High Stepper and marched in Grape Festival Parade. The best activity was the roller rink on Ontario St. on Saturday night, roller skating till 10:00 and then a live band after; mostly 15 to 18 year olds. Cherry coke at Diana Sweets; watching St. Catharines Black Hawks play when Bobby Sheehan, Marcel Dionne, Brian MacKenzie, Dick Redmond, etc. great year I think 1967-1968. Going to Niagara Falls NY after game. I grew up on corner of Pelham Rd. the side that went to St Mary’s School. Have been living in Nova Scotia for past 48 years.

    2. You obviously haven’t been to Thorold lately! Thorold is the best kept secret in Niagara…you all really need to check out the beautiful downtown, great shops and restaurants…without “attitude”.Great neighbourhoods, beautiful heritage homes and wonderful people doing great things “where the ships climb the mountain!”
      It ain’t what you thought it was…actually it never was!

      1. Shirley (Winterford )Vaillancourt

        My mother June Munro and her husband Jim Munro lived in Thorold for many years

      2. Jennifer Swinson

        Thorold still isn’t quite there yet, everyone still sticks there noses up from people in the Thorold

    3. Barbara Abrams

      Boy you hit so many things right .Made me remember thing that I had forgotten. Thanks for the memories.

    4. Barbara Abrams

      Boy you hit so many things right .Made me remember thing that I had forgotten. Thanks for the memories. We also skated on the canal . I know because I fell thru. Lol

  2. 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…

  3. 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

  4. Debbie Mcpherson

    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.

      1. The old roller rink became a Canadian Tire, now it’s a World Gym. In the mid sixties I worked at the farm beside and behind it- hated listening to “Strawberry Fields Forever” while I was picking strawberry fields forever.

      2. canadian tire on ontario beside cullens car dealer ship across from harveys is where the rink was was the curling club

      3. The one on ontario was sold to Canadian tire the loft was the bar upstairs but the whole place was owned by Jack Johnson. Then they opened one on hartzel Rd can’t recall name tho believe something. Wheelies or Saints was a bar when I left
        19 yrs ago
        Miss home

        1. Barbara Sills Sacilot

          Thank you Kevin for the rink info. Ive had a few people correct me and tell me the bar was called The Hayloft! I was pretty sure it was The Loft. The rink was my home away from home in the 60’s

          1. As far as I know my cousin worked at the roller rink in 1974 and the bar above was called the hayloft

      4. There were 2. The first one was across the street from the Ontario St. K-Mart (1970’s). There was one on Hartzel Rd. (1980’s)

        1. YES!!! I also worked for Jack Johnson, cleaning in the Hayloft AND his banquet hall after weddings, etc …circa 1973-74…best desserts to bring home after an event…

      5. I haven’t been “home” in a very long time. But the original roller rink was on Ontario St. I think it’s a Canadian Tire now

    1. First crush at the roller rink on Ontario street , wheelies Tuseday night was adult skate followed up with coupons for that bar down the road on merritt street

      1. Whoo was that Paul moligian. Bill Bukiin. Jim reay cliff bush they were the chick magnets because they were best at crazy legs also my best friends

    2. Now you’re talk’in, can’t forget Norman Greenbaum’s, “….When I die and they lay me to rest…gonna go to the place that’s the best…!”

    1. Loved playing at the Castle with the rest of The Evil till Ronn closed the curtains and threw us off the stage (“Anna Got Knocked Up”). Played the Roller Rink the next week, then Ronn wanted us back. Gotta Miss Dippy and Dennis, eh.

    2. I was scrolling through these wondering why no one brought up the Root Beer River and also the tracks behind Wheelies. As kids we stole our parents players and would meet up on the tracks and smoke and choke lol

  5. 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.

    1. Do you remember the restaurant in the Fairview mall it’s where the dollarama is now , the entrance at the food court I do believe it was a sit down restaurant with round table and chairs, cloth napkins and a bar it was so dark in there, what was the name? Any help please!

        1. We use to stuff the phone coin return slot down stairs by men’s bathroom the 2 days later check it for coins then on the way out grab a handful of after dinner mints by till then head to pea in Lancaster pool first stopping a levers potato chips and bugging the workers for chipd right off the conveyor belt

    2. Monica (Ireland) morris

      I lived in St Catherine’s in 1964-1967 .I worked in the Right House in there beautiful hair salon Monica Ireland then ,married Jack morris from the Scotia bank Fairview mall .we had our wedding reception at an Italian hall ,cant remember the name .
      Have 3 children 4 grandchildren ,sadly to say Jack passed away 2007,I live in oshawa now ,but have fond memories of st Catherine’s.

    3. My grandmother loooved shopping at “The Right House”! but I also remember (same Gramma) they had a ‘car bingo’ in the parking lot at Fairview Mall – 60’s to 70’s…ya – sooo many memories…

    4. Yes, I lived at 25 Terrace Hill growing up and we had that box on the side of our house that we could also access from inside. There was also a juice truck that came around and delivered juice to us in that box.

  6. 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.

    1. 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!!

  7. 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!

      1. i remember the sailors throwing change and beer and cigarttes tooo , which makes me think of those sand dunes or sand piles oh yeah i think make out point was there too!!!!!!

        1. OMG I haven’t thought about the sand piles in forever.. I was born in 77 in St Kitts and had young parents.. they would take my sister and I to play in the sand piles…lol

  8. 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.

    1. 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.

    2. 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.

        1. Mary Lynn Forrest

          I remember horse and buggy delivering milk to my grandparents house…117 South drive. We use to get the goose neck bottles of milk with the cream on top. I had forgotten about Silverwoods dairy.
          Elmer the Saftey Elephant was Mr. Landry who was also the dog catcher.

          1. Elmer the Safety Elephant was a routine safety thing in lower grades of public school even in the Niagara Township area where my home was –although I always considered myself from St. Kitt’s! I get a lot of “what was that?” even from my slightly younger brother who grew up in the same area, so the campaign must have wound down about the late 1950’s

      1. I lived at tope of Mountain Road and Silverwood’s delivered our milk in said goose neck bottles…..in a cart DRAWN by a HORSE!…I lived there (Leeson Street) from ’64 to ’74…

  9. 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?

    1. 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…

    2. Alright you guys are killing me now.. 😆 I remember being like 10 years old and my mom buying me a new shirt to go to club 404 for a dance

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

  11. 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

  12. 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.

    1. suicide hill, w/ telephone poles and sewer grates 1/2 way down, red fence at the bottom. i am trying to find a list of the lower level concerts that went on Sun nights. buses ended at 6 so you had to hitchhike home.
      Lighthouse, Joe Mendleson ???

    2. there was a residence at the top of Mountain Road, right around the corner from where I lived on Leeson Street – property went partway down the hill – is where we used to toboggan… talk about a ‘suicide hill’…many trees and of course there was the neighbour’s fence (to avoid) right at the bottom…my J.A. leader Barbara Newell lived there….. (J.A. = Junior Auxiliary – protestant version of Brownies at St. James church in Merritton)…

  13. 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.

    1. Yup, went to McArthur school back in the ’60’s….Lakeside Park, Lakeside zSailorettes baton group, the old Y downtown for swimming lessons all wintertime! Fun to read all the comments about the city…Pen Centre was a big deal when it was new!

    2. Sparky’s variety yes from 1969 to when they closed and become Maryland ceramics. How about buying chocolates at your Chuck’s chocolate at the corner of Welland avenue and Clark. My mom used to take us to kresge’s lunch counter and over to the campus coffee shop across from the st Catherine’s collegiate

  14. 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!

    1. 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

      1. i was born at hotel dieu too !!!1 when i moved too BC i was cutting hair and it just so happened the guy i was cutting hair for one day was born there too small world

      2. The A&W was mentioned, I worked there as a kid as well as Vito’s pizzeria on Lake.
        No one mentioned the PeterPan drive in (KFC) or McMurray both on Ontario st.
        My sister-in-law worked at the Red Barn! I am too old to have been born at the Hotel Dieu was born at the General! Move away a little over four years ago to be with children and grandchildren.
        Still miss it, but anyone who spells St. Catharines with two E’s instead of two A’s isn’t really from there!

      3. Remember Fast Freddie’s that had a massive salad bar (on the same side as the A&W, Markarians Steak House) & not far from Ponderosa Steak House.

    2. Whenever I mention the Red Barn fast food I get a blank stare from my St. Catharines friends and family. But now I know I was not hallucinating. We like their hamburgers

      1. There were two Red Barns in the city One on Hartzel the other on Welland Ave . Both places are still there and still look like Barns

  15. 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?

      1. Poncho Patricks was on Geneva St. He was my next door neighbour in the 60’s His wife owned the Maywood Motel where Toys R Us isnow

  16. 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;)

        1. 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

    1. Does any one remember the french fry hut that use to be on Michigan beach. The best ever if you could handle a bit of sand with them. Lincoln center was the name of the roller rink on Ontario st. Best all nighters. Their was also the lincoln theater on StPaul st.

      1. I go way back. Not Hotel Dieu but St. Catherine’s General, Though I was born there, We moved out West around 1960. I do remember going to Kreseges with my Mom & Some Dairy Store with Awesome ice cream! Attended Grade School at Sir Winston Churchill. I remember a Swimming Pool nearby, But Can’t recall the name? There was a place I recall some place(Not sure on spelling) But Burgoyne Woods or similar? And those milk chutes for sure. I learned to Ice skate in St. Catharines & Was just saying “Who or Where” Taught me? I ice skated for many years. I was back last year after many years & Niagara Falls with One of my Daugters & Seen a Friend, Who I must know Longer than Anyone else alive. Missed out on seeing my 2 different homes where I lived. I must Admit I was back at 16yrs. & Going across the Bridge to a Bar with Her & Her Friends. Unfortunately for Everyone There, I was So excited at getting into a Bar, I made a pig of myself & Ended up coming back with my head out the Window All the way back , Even Clearing Customs in That manner. I think I have said enough eh? LoL But, Thank You for the memories! There are a few more, I know.

  17. 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.

  18. 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

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

    1. Tim Horton dying not a good memory. I was a 5 year old kid and remember seeing the remnants of his Pantera all over the highway .

  20. 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…

  21. 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.

  22. 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…

  23. 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

    1. Pam (nee)Thurston

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

  24. 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!

  25. 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.

  26. 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

  27. 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.

  28. 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

  29. Geraldine (Fishleigh) Kelter

    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.

  30. 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.

  31. gent.william@gmail.com

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

  32. 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.

  33. David Christiansen

    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.

    1. David Christiansen

      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

    2. And no bridges across the qew stop signs were there on the side streets . Martindale, Ontario, lake , Geneva and Niagara had stop signs at the qe

  34. 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.

    1. 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.)

      1. 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.

      2. The area has changed, loving everyone’s memories. My Mom and Dad, Hilda and Dave McGeachy built the store across from the Club Henley (now Angel’s Diner) about 1940. They added on, was an Avondale, now a Timmy’s. My older sister Sheila and I walked up the QEW and crossed over the highway when the traffic thinned out (no traffic lights at Johnson Street and QEW) to go to Maywood School. No snow days ever, if a blizzard our parents sometimes gave us 10 cents for fries and 15 cents for a hotdog to eat at Simpson’s store. That was special. Not the same spelling as McGeachie who I think owned concessions at Lakeside Park. I met my husband Jim Waldeck (Sr.) while roller skating at Lincoln Curling, also the Roller Skating Rink on Ontario Street, April 26, 1964 just a few weeks after it opened for roller skating. We drove across the road to McMurray’s Drive In for a coke . Married 54 years, 3 sons and family, great memories.

      3. The Golden pheasant was there . We used to go there in the summer to watch the GM workers running there for lunch to make sure they got a seat

    2. Markarians had the best pizza, my Dad took us every Friday night so he could see all the hot cars in St.Catharines. He had a 54 Cadillac Elderado convertible. Harvey’s oh Ontario St used to have hot cars too. Used to go there after the Roller Rink on Fridays too in the early 70,s Great times!

  35. 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)

    1. David Christiansen

      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.

      1. It was called Grantham. Township at one time because my old public school was called Grantham township no. 5. Later named grapeview public school. It closed in 1982 . The school and annex building were torn down and a new grapeview was built on the same site.

  36. 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”????

    1. Yes along the tracks, which is all been removed recently for townhouse development. That was the coolest hangout minus my mom finding me with my first boyfriend.

  37. 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!

    1. 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

    2. The Park and The Centre Theatres. It was at the Park that I first went to a movie on my own. I was about 7 and already a die-hard movie fan. I just took off one morning, caught a bus downtown, checked out The Lincoln, The Palace, The Capital, the Centre and finally The Park, where the movie playing was The Scarlet Pirate, starring Burt Lancaster. I think I paid 15 cents to get in. There were hundreds of kids. When I got into the theatre, I tossed my ticket, but found out at intermission that they were drawing for bicycles and calling the ticket numbers. SAD! In later days the Palace became the place to spend Saturday afternoons watching Hammer horror movies and drinking pop from a machine while trying to meet girls. Then to the Di.

  38. 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

  39. Linda Hallett nee Honsberger,Delgaty

    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.

  40. 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!

    1. Remember CHSC contest about 1972 when John Laroque would call your house in the morning and if you answered “I listen to CHSC.” you would win $100 CHUM-AM did that contest also.

  41. 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.

  42. 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

  43. 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.

  44. David Wright (and Jacqueline Wright)

    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.

  45. 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!

    1. 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.

      1. Can anybody tell me if they captured a picture of Suicide hill? I cameras were expensive then but I figuredsomebody must of took some pics for the concerts held down there

      1. Remember sitting there on Suicide Hill and watching the Trinidad Steel Bands just after seeingThe Grape and Wine Festival Parade?

      2. Used to watch the Trinidad Steel Bands sitting on Suicide Hill after watching the Grape & Wine Festival Parade.

    2. both my (young) uncles attended Maplewood and Grantham…now 63 and 68 – Ted and Brian Benner…perhaps you know them(?)

  46. 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.

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  48. terry larocque thompson

    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

    1. Pete’s Market (surf & turf)
      The PressBox (their steaks, salads and porterhouse steaks were amazing & cheap)
      The Late Show
      The Bakery
      Uncle Sam’s ( also Canadian one on Lundy’s Lane)

    2. Also
      The Press Box ( loved their porterhouse steaks and Pittsburgers)
      Pete’s Market
      The Late Show
      The Bakery
      Uncle Sam’s ( and Canadian version on Lundy’s Lane

  49. 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

    1. Hello

      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 ?

  50. 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)

  51. 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…..it’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.

    1. My friends (who do not like the Chicago Black Hawks since we live near another NHL team!) cannot believe that I am a Black Hawks fan since their Junior A farm club was in my home town–the Jr. Black Hawks. They are not aware of this history even though some great NHL greats played there during my young days.

      Ironically I never learned to play hockey and barely skated.

  52. 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.

  53. 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.

  54. 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.

  55. 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.

  56. 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

  57. 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 🙂

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

    1. Lorraine Hemphill

      I remember this Italian vegetable grocer who drove a big navy blue van and would walk right into the house with your order, calling your name first. And they had a guy who would drive down Wolseley Ave. ringing a bell who sharpened your knives! And of course the ice cream truck playing music to get you to come out and look! Fun times…

      1. I remember Tony the grocer. I bought stuff from him when I moved out on my own. That man loved his job and his customers.

  59. Robert Williamson

    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….

    1. My parents bought us tobagons called ‘ Snow Wings’ made by Daisy… you know the BB gun company. Take you’re mother’s floor wax paste and polish the metal bottom and you ready are ready for a scary ride.

  60. Lived in St Kitts during the early 60’s. Lived on South Drive went to Sir Winston Churchill. I remember about 1/2 the things that are mentioned. I tried to find out about my Best Man Art Rishea that also lived on South Drive. He died a few years ago but I can’t get any info. Dated a few girls, Holly, Pam, Gale Parslow. Thinking of visiting, living in South Carolina now. Did I jog any memories?

    1. Coy Brothers on James Street was a great hardware store. But I think they also carried die cast metal cars and trucks.

  61. I grew up in St Catharines (Weller Park) since early 60s, my grandfather Lloyd Smith had a lawnmower repair business on 2nd Ave..It was a fantastic place to grow up. As time went on I went to Lakeport Secondary, found the best hotel in the area with great burgers and memories ,the Embassy. Barb & Peter were the owners and at the time a fellow known by the name of Moon was bartender and Sonny was one of the waiters . They were memories.

  62. Hello,

    Does anyone here have any of the Coin Cards that used to come in bags of Lever Potato Chips as a giveaway? Please let me know as I am interested in buying them.


    1. I have a really old cracker jacks card I found in a baseboard in or Robinson it was an old school house it was built in 1875

      1. I remember them and they came out with the different color plastic coins with hockey players and baseball players on them

  63. Who remembers the Reece’s Piggery in the late 50′ s and early 60’s on Geneva Street beside the property that is now the Farview Mall? I will never forget the smell that would occasionally drift down Geneva Street northward to our neighbourhood! I also remember actually visiting the piggery with my Dad as a little girl, don’t remember why we were there, but the smell was sickening!!!!

    1. The Resse boy John was a giant to me when I was small remember nanny the goat had a thing about head butting remember it like yesterday would watch kids grab donuts and eat them

    2. Hi Wendy,
      I remember the smell, when the wind blew south, toward our house. Remember you too and hope all’s well. Mike Cline

    3. Hi Wendy,
      I remember the smell, when the wind blew south, toward our house. Remember you too and hope all’s well. Mike Cline

  64. Pakistani store at lock one, ice rinks with boards at grantham park, stone pyramid drinking fountains in parks and behind schools, tobagoning down suicide hill, lifeguards at the beach, the library at the pen and the double n across from the arcade at the Lincoln mall not to mention 99 cent Monday beef on a bun at eddys place… good times

  65. My first job was at Towers Department Store. As kids we would watch the Donut making machine at Food City as our parents shopped for groceries (both on Bunting Rd at the corner of Carlton Street). More often than not, we would get a bag of them to take home.
    PS. We never did feel superior to people from Thorold nor did we hate Niagara Falls.

  66. Marion Mac Donald

    I rollerskated almost every sat & sun , allnighters included at Jack Johnsons rink on Ontario Street. Meet many good friends and loved the rink rats Joe Reynolds & Mike Boychuck 2 cuties ♡♡ Also meet my first love Terry there while trying to keep up with a few good skaters Anna ,Carol Reynolds , Nezzizon twins Kim , Kelly . Then skated at wheelies on hartzel rd but wasnt the same only the cute Mike was there lol Im quite a bit older but on my bucket list to lace up once again. ♡♡

  67. For us that are older, how about Ryderville post office and variety store on Scott St between Grantham and Niagara? The Cullen brothers (NHL) on Winston Rd.? How about playing in the storm sewer culvert that ran from behind the Grantham Plaza to the north side of Scott St.? So many fond memories were rekindled while reading the comments. Thanks for posting.

  68. How about Cook’s Curiosity Shop, the Park Theatre, metal horse troughs (the last one I remember was on Queenstown St.) They were converted to flower planters. The Saturday Odeon Club at the Palace Theatre. The big green electric sign atop the Leonard Hotel or the bridge that was replaced by the “Glen ridge fill” to join it to St. Paul Street. The St. Catharines Teepees with Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita, Rex Stimers of CKTB and Jack Gate cliff sports writer for the Standard. The Scottish Shop next to the Capital Theatre (I always wondered how they stayed in business, since I never saw anyone going in or out of the place). Before there was a Pop Shoppe there was Moran’s Beverages making deliveries around town. Characters around the city like Dougie Dundas, Pegleg Annie ( she couldn’t put her lipstick on and stay inside the lines) Clarence Piper and Peter the Clown, who was a fixture in all local parades in the early to mid 50s. He scared the crap out of me. The fire that all but destroyed St. Paul St. United church next to the Lincoln Theatre. Speaking of the Lincoln Theatre, they had a gold fish tank built into the lobby and a picture of a clown at the very top of the outside sign. There was Russ Moser’s Sporting Goods. Mostly guns and related hunting items. The annual soapbox derby and Jack’Army & Navy store. To mention a few.
    Somebody mentioned the municipal golf course. I remember when it was the city dump and a lot more fun than golf.

  69. How about joining the militia and spending the summer marching around Lake st Armory? The Lincoln and Welland Regiment ran a training course which ran through all of July and August and also allowed us, as 17 year olds, to return to school in September. 40 years ago i was having the time of my life. One day I committed some faux pas or other and my punishment was to mow the lawn on my lunch break where the adjacent buildings now stand. i don’t get back to the old town much anymore but whenever I drive past the old armory I’m always reminded of pushing that freakin’ mower around out in the hot sun and feeling seriously sorry for myself! Wonderful summer with some great guys and a great regiment! Links and Winks forever!

  70. The Roller Rink, (before construction, walked on a tree bridge over a creek, off Linwell Avenue and Lakeport Road and from there I don’t remember. The Hayloft over the the Roller Rink, (Ontario Street) (snuck in so many times absolutely stoned out my eyeballs) McDonalds when it first opened on Ontario Street. Hamburger.25 cents…Cheeseburger……35 cents. Everyone went there after the roller rink. The tunnel beside Beatties Stationary on St. Paul Street leading down to the parking lot. Had lots of little nooks and crannies. I’m sure someone remembers. It was by Suicide Hill and Party Central during the summer. Rides, Pot Smoking and loads of concerts, Diana Sweets (best sundaes in the city), Zellers (best hot chocolate), Montebello Inn, (so much fun, dancing, Satan’s Choice were there all the time and it didn’t matter). Mansion House, The Legion, Montebello Park, Hagerty’s Garage corner of Lake and Wellend during Grape and Wine. Only place to drink legally without being charged. The Lions, The Port Mansion. Over the River. Tabini’s (over the river). The Canal, waiting for the boats when you were young and waving at the sailors and then waiting for the boats when you grew up and being really pissed off and driving like a deranged lunatic to the next dock to beat the boat over the next dock. I have so many memories and I could go on. Do you want more???

  71. Thanks so much for sharing – an awesome trip down memory lane. I really feel fortunate to have grown up here. 🙂

  72. Wow.
    Grew up in St C, left in ’55 ……. still in radio and Tv (65 years next year) after being part of Collegiate in the Air on CKTB while in high school.
    Went to Maywood School … remember principal was WW1 vet who had been gassed and was kind of shaky
    Lived on Perry Street in Grantham Township.
    Loved reading all these memories.

    1. Hey, Ernie Courtney of CKTB lived next door on Albert St and brought home promo copies of some band with a goofy name… wish I had those Beatles 45s now.

  73. Does anyone remember the child care centre in the Pen Centre? I think it was up stairs? I remember going underground? then going upstairs…. I know for sure it was at the Pen Centre. 😛

  74. There was 2 bmp forests one beside the old driving range where Costco’s was there was a little Forest there and there was one called Dorothy trails behind Toys R Us or Elma Street in the back and there was a halfpipe behind cozy Grill on Lake Street

  75. I remember a lot more than the things mentioned. The Howard Johnson’s at Lake and the Highway, The various rides and concession stands at Lakeside Park. School field Day at Lakeside Park. Actually swimming in Lake Ontario BEFORE any warning signs or lifeguard chairs on the beaches. Going to Pruddem’s (spelling?) Landing. The Water slide at Pruddem’s. Camping at Charles Daley Park. Fishing in the 12 mile creek by Wellandvale Campus, below the rapids. Diving off of the pier by the old ladder. Fishing in “eel corner”. Swimming across the canal, between the piers at Port Dalhousie. Playing in the Haig Bowl Park. Searching for tadpoles in the ponds behind the Fairview Mall. These are but a few things worth adding.

  76. I forgot a few of those but while reading this I thought a few of my own.
    Playtime Stores on Queenston/St Paul.
    Teen dances at St. Alfred’s and I think it was called the Electric Ballroom on Carlile St.
    Mr Donuts and the spinning donuts.

  77. Thick fries & gravy at the Double N at the Pen. The T-shirt printing booth right outside of Robinson’s at the Pen. Free cheese samples at Miracle Mart as soon as you came in the turn style. Hot dogs at the A&W on GlenRidge for lunch. Brock’s campus (low yellow building) at the bottom of ‘Brock Hill’. On GlenRidge. The FREEZING cold water for early morning swim lessons at Burgoyne Woods – and the awesome round red spinning playground equipment “thing” with 20 kids on it. Bright’s wine store at the Pen, where just about anybody could buy some Moody Blue.

  78. Thank you for posting these!Tears of all these sweet and crazy memories! Been in California for 40 years and miss St. Catharines. I share the memory of when the ships on the canal would blast their horns we would all say “ your mothers calling you!”

  79. Across from the collegiate. Kreke’s lunch counter. Run by Mrs. K., who looked about 90 years old but didn’t take lip from anyone and knew everyone’s name. French fries and coke for lunch. Only the seniors got to sit in the booths by the front window. Juke box. Great songs. And the Henley Hotel. Ontario and the North service road. Favourite band, Fat Rabbit, favourite song Smoke on the Water. Back side was the restaurant and tavern. A tray of draught beer for $5.00. Pickled eggs in a jar. Shuffle board and good times. Reading all these posts I’d forgotten how much I rembered
    Been away in Hamilton for 40 years. Coming back when I retire.

    1. My immigrant mother worked as a dishwasher at the old Henley Hotel on Ontario at QEW. Anyone know anyone with a picture?

      Also, fell out of a Mason’s Dairy Divco milk delivery truck. Anyone know anyone with a picture?

      Also Waterworks Park up near Decew Falls–great place for group pictures, not off limits.

      Left my home area in 1970, visited family last week (October 2-6, 2018). Lots of changes. Lots of memories

      Didn’t have time this time to get to Avondale — still worth a stop, though no longer owned by the Stewart family — still brag about it though living 800 miles away

      1. I met Bob Stewart who ran Avondale and my foster father was the milk truck driver who picked up milk from the farms to take to Avondale. I walked upstairs over the store where Bob’s office was and at the top of the stairs was a tall mirror which I couldn’t see at first and I said “hello” to myself thinking there was someone else there LOL HA! and Bob heard me and when I turned left to go into his office he was roaring with laughter. I’m sure he put that mirror there on purpose to get so many laughs. A great guy!

    2. I remember Kreke’s – and your name also looks familiar (from Collegiate?) …remembering also the Waterfront at the bottom of Geneva (or I guess it’s the ‘top’ on that side of the lake) – saw Rush, Bullrush & Mahogany Rush there…I’m gone too (1977) to Toronto…funny thing – one of my close friend’s (here) sister retired to St. Catharines…and happened to live right around the corner from my last dwelling there…can’t say it will be my choice…

  80. Charlie Gadula

    Summer’s at Municipal beach in Weller Park, all day every day. Evening walk from beach to drive in at foot of Geneva street, camping on east side of canal in caves in Thorold. A goldmine of good times for boys. A burger at the Valley Inn on Arthur street before it became an Italian go to place

    1. Walking out Port Weller pier to the Williamson home (lighthouse) and back. Climbing the sand piles, Parking your car on the tie up wall below lock 1 and smelt fishing between the approaching ships. And attending Port Weller School.

  81. Great List, many great memories of growing up in what I now described to associates as the Canadian “Mayberry”. I haven’t heard the reference to Rocket Ship Park forever. Moved to the states about 40 years ago, but still think of St.Catharines as my home. FYI, the Queen Elizabeth Community Center was a dump ever 40 + years ago. I would only add jumping off the upper falls at Balls Falls. Thanks for sharing

  82. Remember in Port Dalhousie they use to have what they called “Negro Nights”? That’s when only black people were allowed there. Usually a big crowd of black people from the States and Toronto would go. I would say that would have ended in the mid to late 50″s. I can just barely remember it as I was only like 4 or 5 then. I don’t think Lakeside was was segregated then….sure hope not. I think it was just some kind of promotional thing they put on…….sure hope so. Hope the youngsters had as much fun there as I use to. Very different times hey!!!!!

  83. You really nailed it! The arcade…everything. Sigh…Baskin Robbins on Geneva. My dad and I must’ve ate up all their stock of chocolate almond cuz, sadly, they don’t even make it anymore. 🙁

  84. How about Kiwanis Horse Shows…first on Queenston Street out toward Victoria Lawn Cemetery and later at the Garden City Raceway (horse track)

  85. thank you so much i remember most of the things you mentioned brings back great memories.I even remeber going into the old woolworths downtown and they had that restaraunt in the middle of the store and you could get a milk shake ,they would even give you the steel cup that they made it in ….so cool swimming at port dalhousie even with the dead fish on the beach, i remember going too the rocket ship park alot had so much fun just now i remeber the boys bumper hitching too school dangerous and not too smart but with all the ice on the roads i guess they got too school faster. Oh and i hate niagara falls because propbally like everyone else when we had visitors especially in the summer we all had too pile into my dads monte carlo and drive in the heat just too see the water falls again and again…….still i do love the memories.

  86. How about when the TP’s won their series and we all went over to Max Kaminski’s bar in Niagara Falls New York and partied all night fun time
    On good Friday we would hike to Effingham Hill from the Pelham Rd area
    the trip was worth as we roasted hot dogs when we got there
    Port Dalhousie dances were the best
    Western hill gang went to Grantham High school from Rykert St on before Rykert St they went to the Collegiate, one side if Rykert st went to Powerglen public and the other side went to Edith Cavell
    My mom was the cook at the Convent at the corner of Church and James for many years. We lived in an apt on Hames St where they recently discovered a cement wry had been and we were living on top of it.
    I used to walk over the High Level bridge to go to work every day who walks to work that distance today.
    I love St Catharines it will always be home to me no matter where I live, still have lots of friends there from childhood.

  87. How about when the TP’s won their series and we all went over to Niagara Falls NY and partied all night at Max Kaminiskys bar fun time.
    All our trips to Lakewood at Lewiston NY where some from Grantham High met their future husbands (Bev). for one.
    All the guys we met from Penn. we would go every wk end and Wed night how did we do it.
    I would walk to work from James St to the west end over the High Level bridge. We lived in an apt where they recently discovered a cemetery that had been build over we were living over numerous graves.
    No matter where I am living St Catharines will be my home.
    Any convenience store is referred to as Avondale I just said that the other day to someone in the Ottawa area when it should have been Beckers.

    1. I also walked to work – over the ‘high level bridge’ – lived in Western Hill on Hamilton Street and worked at the “Coffee Shop” in the Leonard Hotel on St. Paul Street…11pm-7am shift! Hated all the drunks coming in from the Montebello after close…did, however love being one of them on my nights off…

  88. Thanks for those memories. The Grantham Open Air Market was my Mom and Dad’s. My cousin, Rick, and I walked to Maywood School and then as teenagers, walked to the Collegiate.
    Through the summer my brother, Glenn, and I worked on the farm; Glenn mainly on the farm, and I, mainly in the store.

  89. Remember the Footlong Hot Dog and Fries at Potter and Shaw in the Penn, after bowling at the Penn Centre Lanes on Saturday morning or afternoon, as a kid. Then worked at the lanes from 16 years on, until the RCMP closed us down, looking for the Owner who was wanted in 3 Countries in Europe. A month later the Bowling Alley was a By-way.

  90. I remember mammies bread masons dairy delivered by horse and cart i remember Richardson’s bread i rember. One cent candy store on Barton st in martingale heights I rember grapeview school and the old railway station also Rex stimers annoucing ( he just shot the apple in the basket .iwas born in the old hotel due hospital in 1941 and can still remember the band stand ,outdoor rinks ,fishing for silver bass on the Welland canal long time away st called home left when I was nine now seventy seven still remember buddy Boone hank cecla of the tp,s love St. Catharines always will Thank for bringing back some good memories.

    1. With all due respect, Roger, I think Rex said “put the biscuit in the basket.” I used to listen to the TeePees with my mom on Albert St.

  91. Alice Cooper, one of my first big concerts! plus Rush, Bullrush, Mahogany Rush
    did you go to the lower level concerts?
    great school dances also w/ Edward Bear, Crowbar

    1. YES!!! Alice Cooper at Garden City Arena – my first concert! (age 16) …and I also saw the Rush, Bullrush, Mahogany Rush show – at the Waterfront on Geneva Street

  92. Does anyone remember the appliance/vacuum repair store near the corner of Ontario & St. Paul circa 70’s – early 80’s maybe Roy’s repairs or Daniels repairs? I can’t find any old pictures of that area and all the old stores down there from those times or listings of the stores that were there, any suggestions where to find them, is it possible?

    1. My parents bought us tobagons called ‘ Snow Wings’ made by Daisy… you know the BB gun company. Take you’re mother’s floor wax paste and polish the metal bottom and you ready are ready for a scary ride. My grandmother Ruby McEwan worked there too. I loved that evaltor. Maybe your aunt was there at that time.

  93. Don’t forget roller skating on that place on Ontario Street, later turned into a Canadian Tire, if I’m not mistaken… not sure what it is now.

  94. OK., 2 more: Buying 8-track tapes (and selling them back used ones) at Muntz car audio on Hartzell Rd., The totem pole at Davis Lumber (next to the old Homestead Donuts) on S. Service Rd. along QEW. (it is now at Aboriginal Centre in Virgil area).

  95. oh yeah, Orange Crush’s ancient World War One brick building where Ontario, Lake and Lakeshore converge… near Singer’s Auto Body (great fries!). We dug as kids in the buried Orange Crush foundation and found wooden cases of their brand of ginger ale. Cook’s Curiosity Shop on Queenston Street – he treat us to magic tricks and we got started as coin collectors by him, buying old Canadian pennies and ancient worn out coins he told us to soak in vinegar to bring back to life lol… down the street where the THai restaurant is once stood his competitor… what was his name, L something. Back towards St. Paul by Herzogs was Harold’s Bakery (past Queenston Bakery – great sugar donut) where the best out of this world donut with sugar icing and chocolate “beads”, all encased onto a large European-like donut was to DIE FOR!!!! (Timmy’s near Brock had a vague knock-off till recently – the only one to have it). Don’t forget Tasty Treat across from the radio station on Queenston – Home of the Foot Long!!!!

  96. Does anyone remember the Victoria candy kitchen? Or the Victoria department store? If you do you are older than dirt! Lol! Yes ( sigh) yes sad to say…I’m older than dirt. Ok another memory how about over Peninsula Press in the early 70’s they had a drop in center for teens. They had scraps of leather or suede..and beads. You could make a headband with beads and a matching belt. Of course all were long and fringed. There’s my trip..literally down memory lane!

    1. The Orange Crush Building’s lot became the northern terminal for the city buses. Now it’s the continuation of Lakeshore Road to Ontario St. Who remembers Dorian’s Pizza beside the Duck? Best pizza ever! I remember hunting pheasants in the woods on Michigan side of Port Dalhousie.

  97. I remember a lot of these memories people have had of the City over the years, and all I can say is: There is NO place like HOME. Cheers to all who have commented and shared their memories of this Fine Fine City

    1. This is going way back. I remember going swimming and bowling with St. George’s cubs back in the mid 60’s. Then the place caught on fire and the Prudhommes family decided not to rebuild. Sad.

  98. Does anyone remember the name of The restaurant that was across from the Pen Center where the TD Bank now stands. I believe it was a Keg but was it another restaurant as well? If anyone could help with that would be great.

  99. Thanks a bunch for all the memories everyone! It’s sure been a blast from the past! LOL so much fun reading everyone’s blog. Thank you, and thank you too Darren who started this space here. And Darren are you any relation to Wayne Crawford from Port Weller? A bunch of us would hang out down there and someone had a cottage at Jones Beach and we’d hold seances and I’d go home and not sleep for two nights LOL HA! scared the b-jasus outta me HA! Tons of fun though.
    I have many fond memories too, when I was about 9, coming down to visit my Aunt Reta who had a women’s corset & lingerie shop on Mary Street, which no longer exists, meaning the shop or the street. The government buildings downtown cover Mary Street now. Her shop was sssoooo beautiful full of lace and satin and beautiful white frilly curtains in the store window, and she lived in the back of the store.
    I remember too the parking on St. Paul Street was slanted diagonally and looked so awesome, and yes I remember the old stores on St. Paul Street. A&P, and Herzog’s when it took up almost the whole block LOL
    And wow! the flowers in the summer – everywhere! ssooo beautiful. No wonder they called it the Garden City. And the flower clock when we’d drive into St. Catharines.
    We ended up moving down there from Toronto in 1959 and I lived on Fitzgerald Street and a couple years later we moved over to St. Patrick Street.
    Thx again for so many great memories everyone.

    1. I too spent summers at Jones beach at family cottage. I also knew Wayne Crawford pretty well. I wonder if we knew knew each other.

  100. Does anyone remember the bakery in the old fairview mall that had cookies and meat pies? In the 80s. It was in the front entrance right side.

    1. I remember taking a face plant trying to ride my bike down that sand pile. I believe the bakery was called National Bakeries.

  101. Lynda Harendorf

    I was born and raised in St Catharines . Attended Denis Morris High School. In 1967 I was Miss St Catharines for Centennial Year. My grandfather owned Garden City Motors on St Paul St . I presently live in Richmond Hill. I really loved living in St Catharines. It was a city , people were friendly.Good schools , friendly people. Beats Toronto . I miss the small town friendly attitude and people. Lynda Harendorf nee Sorbara

  102. Having not lived in St. Catharines for about 20 years now, this list brought back so many fond memories! My favourites on this list were 12, 23, 39 and 42! Thorold will always be known as the armpit of St. Catharines! One thing that could’ve been added to this list is that if you are from there you ALWAYS remember that it’s spelled with an A!
    Also, it still blows my mind that St. Paul St is now a 2 way street and you can drive straight through onto Ontario St from Westchester. Whenever I’m there I still want to turn right and then turn left where RHCP used to be and left on King to get to Ontario.

  103. Grew up on Lakeshore Road, west of Port. My dad started Hollydean Farm Market on the Lakeshore. Rowed for St. Catharines for several years. Got drunk for the first time on Henley Island after winning the Junior 155 eights. Ran the sand piles down by the lake while training for the many regatta. Gilmore’s Sports, Jack Dempsey Men’s Wear, Coy Brothers Hardware. Went to school with Joey Dempsey. Lew Gilmore and Jim Coy. I worked in news department at CHSC for two years. Markarian’s for pizza before they changed everything.

    1. Hi Jim, Hope you are well. I guess you have retired from teaching by now. Did you get drunk on any of your shifts while working at CHSC? I don’t remember. But I sure remember you. Radio has sure changed from the good old days. I think the last time I saw you was at Hillebrand Wines many years ago.
      Best regards Jim Marino

  104. …if you remember when:

    The only movie theaters were The Capital,The Lincoln (not Lincoln Mall), and The Palace,all on St.Paul Street.
    You sat on Santa’s lap at The Fairview Mall, and touched the ice-covered pole.
    You saw Andre the Giant wrestle at Garden City Arena.
    The drive-ins would show 5 movies in-a-row, from dusk-to-dawn.
    On Saturdays, The Standard newspaper came with a separate comics section.
    You attended the old Lakeport or Grantham high schools, Queen Mary or Victoria elementary schools.

  105. It’s been 53 years since I live in St Catharines on Louisa St. Two doors down from Victor Teal St Catharines Junior Hockey icon. I met many hockey players that billeted at his home at that time I remember trains coming right up the middle of our street from GM back in the day.

  106. Skating at the Haig Bowl outdoor rink. Many great St Catharines lacrosse games their on Friday nights in the summer. Great memories

  107. I havent been home for 30yrs but hearing you speak about Frifay night Falcons games I remember sneaking in also the Saints games also hanging around at the Penn Center and the Fairveiw mall drinking wine and getting super hammered and then sick at the Grape and Wine. Havent thought about home in a long time. Thanks

  108. Man, I miss home so badly. I’d add illegal bush parties in Burgoyne Woods!

    Or pointing out to anyone from out of town that the old Salem Baptist Church on Geneva St. was a terminus for Harriet Tubman and the underground railroad!

  109. Partying at the damn at de q falls, roller skating at Saints rink, summer at Montebello park,Ice cream at the Avondale dairy on Stewart rd, fishing in 12 mile crick

    1. Kelly Storey ( Stones)

      OMG!!! Memories. How about going to the Blue Jays corner store to get penny candy, going to the grape and wine parade every year as a child. Best memories tobogganing down suicide hill, before the highway was built. I used to go to Diana sweets for lunch when I worked At Stokes seeds. There was a great deli on St. Paul Street near Diana sweets. Don’t remember the name. How about driving over the “ lock” bridges with your parents, scared to death the bridge would fall down on you before you could cross the canal. Going to watch the boats go through the canal and catching coins thrown by the men on the ships. Sitting outside on the swing set in the evening on a Sunday summer night with the family, while listening to the roosters and cows moo.
      Seeing Max Webster for the first time at a high school dance. Going to the dances at St. Alfreds church……..

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  111. I dream of the delicious squares from National Bakery with the white icing. Does anyone know of that recipe? Sometimes the icing was pink and or blue. I know it sounds crazy.

  112. I remember when the plaza of stores at Carlton and Lake Street was an asparagus field.
    I rode with Abby the milkman on his last dairy milk run using a horse .
    I was born at St.Catharines General hospital. It always bugs me when people spell it St. Catherine’s
    I remember us calling a taxi to come to a neighbour’s place and watching it arrive.
    I remember us being on a party line on the phone
    We used to call friends incognito and ask if their refrigerator was running. When they said “yes” we said “
    you better go catch it”
    Ten year old silliness
    I remember nine of us at around 17 , piling in a car, driving over railway tracks, car bottomed out. We had to call our parents to come and get us.
    This in the 50s
    Now living in Barrie Enjoyed reading about the good old days.

  113. Grew up in St Kitts and remember almost all the stuff people have mentioned. We used to go to Harvey’s on Ontario St when it was only takeout and crossed the road to A&W for root beers and then left our Harvey’s wrappers on the A&W trays. Does anyone remember the Red Lion sports bar at the back of the Holiday Inn? Only for males until it became politically incorrect and then it closed. Best draft beer and pickled eggs. BTW Why is Carlton St concrete slabs and not asphalt like all other roads?

  114. Did anyone mention the Crystal restaurant and Christophers smoke shop on James st?
    OR the Lakeshore and Canadian driveinns??

  115. Remember when trains used to drive down the middle of Welland Ave? You could jump on the side of one and hitch a ride down the street.

  116. You are from St. Catharines ( port Dalhousie) if you knew Lola walking down the street all day. A little nod to your late aunt 😉

  117. I remember a pizza place called Pizza Delight on Lakeshore Rd, near old Lakeport school. They supplied pizza for the Lakeport cafeteria. Best damned pizza I ever had. Place is closed now (been 45 years).

    William Shatner – Captain Kirk was the Marshall guest of honour at one of the Grape and Wine festival parades. Back in the 70’s.

    The Penn Centre, Grantham library, the hobby shops, the sand piles, fishing at the peer.

    I remember laying in bed at night with the window open – and you could hear the fog horn in Port Dalhousie.

    The lovely summer breezes blowing off the lake.

    I miss the place.

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