• Aimee Wesson


Updated: Jan 8, 2019

Glistening Lake Ontario, Inviting Parks and Beautiful Homes - Living in North End St. Catharines.

St Catharines - The Garden City

Welcome to St Catharines.

A city of lush parks and gardens, thriving businesses and gorgeous lakeside beaches.

The North-End of St Catharines is home also to a gorgeous section of Lake Ontario, many nature-filled trails, heritage areas and mature tree-lined neighbourhoods. One of the many reasons St Catharines has been aptly names - The Garden City. To keep it simple, we've categorized the main neighbourhoods into their geographical locations:

North End Neighbourhoods

Lakeshore - No matter what street you buy on in this neighbourhood, you will be within walking distance to lovely Lake Ontario. Known for its large homes with large lots and award winning lake front estates the lakeport neighbourhood is an excellent choice for those looking to retire or buy a family home by the lake.

Port Dalhousie - Ah! Port. A gorgeous little section of St Catharines with some of the most stunning waterfront and heritage homes in the province. Over the last few years home prices have shot up as "Port" has become a much sought after locale to call home. And how could it not be - with the boutique stores, charming pubs, the easy access to the QEW and of course the popular Lakeside Park Beach.

Martindale Pond - This neighbourhood is often included as being part of Port Dalhousie. I don't think it should be, especially when you compare real estate prices to those in Port. It is lovely in its own right, a popular spot for fishermen and kayakers and home to some beautiful residences. Another ideal location for commuters.

Port Weller - This area can be sectioned into two distinct neighbourhoods; East and West - divided by the Welland Canal. A great north end retirement location where house prices are still affordable. Home also to Sunset Beach. There are only a couple of direct roads into Port Weller East which can be cause for delay when ships pass through the Canal and the bridges go up. At the beginning it is relaxing to watch the ships go by but when you are in a rush can be frustrating. For bridge status check https://canalstatus.com/.

Lakeport - Another north-end favourite for families, investors, commuters and retirees. Bordering the Port Dalhousie, Martindale and Lakeshore neighbourhoods. Lakeport is perfectly situated just a short drive to beautiful views, excellent restaurants and superbs walking trails. And still the real estate prices are great!

Grantham - A large family neighbourhood bordering a large section of the historic Welland Canal. Another neighbourhood within driving distance to the lake and waterfront walking trails. Grantham is another great area for families and investors alike.

Carlton/Bunting - This neighbourhood could be included as part of Grantham but for location simplicity let's give it its own section. Also bordering on the Welland Canal, this area has a mix of older home but is also seeing a lot of new-builds. An affordable north-end location for families and investors.

Fairview - A good north-end location with lovely homes and some new-build condominiums. This neighbourhood is close also to the QEW and Downtown St Catharines. Home to the Fairview Mall offering good shopping, grocery stores, the LCBO and also the current bus stop for Go Trasit taking people to Burlington and Niagara Falls.

Facer - A good north-end area with convenient and quick access to the QEW highway. A favorite european settlement neighbourhood. The fun European Festival is held in this area but even more influencing I would say is the St. Joseph's Bakery - a delectable European grocery store and bakery that makes THE MOST DELICIOUS sweet treats!

It is well known that North End St Catharines is one of the best neighbourhoods in Niagara to own a home. Always a short drive to shopping, restaurants, the lake and excellent schools.

This wonderful area of St Catharines also offers an abundance of options for those wanting to live a healthy and happy lifestyle with the many walking and biking trails, boating, kayaking and beaches to enjoy and appreciate nature.

Whether it be for family homes, investors or retirees, the North End has something for everyone.

For more information on St. Catharines, visit the City's website.

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