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Overview of St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada

Manufacturing is St. Catharines dominant industry. General Motors operates two plants in the city and up until recently was the city`s largest employer, an honour now held by the District School Board of Niagara. Foster-Wheeler and TRW also operate plants in the city, though in recent years employment has shifted from heavy industry and manufacturing to services. St. Catharines lies on one of the main telecommunications backbones between Canada and the United States, and as a result a number of call centres operate in the city. Combined, call centres employ the largest percentage of St. Catharines residents. NuComm International, a Canadian call centre operator, is headquartered in downtown St. Catharines.

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  • Population: 129, 170
  • Population Density: 1,330.2/km²
  • Area: 97.11 km²
  • Weather: See forecast
  • Elevation: 98 m. above sea level
  • Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time
  • Language: English
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History of St. Catharines, Ontario

St. Catharines was first settled by Loyalists in the 1780s. The first business, a goods storehouse owned by Robert Hamilton, was established around 1783. The first mill, Crown Mills, was opened in 1786. The surrounding land was surveyed, and townships created, between 1787 and 1789. The small settlement was known at the time as 'The Twelve'. In 1797, the first inn was built by Thomas Adams, located on the east side of Ontario Street next to what is now St. Paul Street. It became a community meeting place and stagecoach rest stop. In 1798, 'The Twelve' became known as 'Shipman`s Corners', after the inn`s new owner, Paul Shipman. The Town of St. Catharines was incorporated in 1845. St. Catharines was incorporated as a city in 1876.

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St. Catharines's Demographics

The largest ethnic groups in St. Catharines metropolitan area include: British Isles: 45.7%, German: 13.3%, French: 12.9%, Italian: 12.0%, and Dutch: 6.4%. The Greater St. Catharines area also has many people of Slavic and other southern European origins.

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St. Catharines's Climate

St. Catharines enjoys a unique climate because of the moderating influence of the two Great Lakes: Erie and Ontario. As a result, the city has a large number of frost-free days in the Winter. The summer season is predominately hot and humid, with the average temperature peaking at 27°C (81°F) in July, but can feel closer to 40°C (104°F) with the humidex factor.

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Education in St. Catharines, Ontario

St. Catharines is home to Brock University a modern comprehensive university located on the Niagara Escarpment. Ridley College, in the Western Hill neighbourhood near the city`s downtown core is a distinguished co-educational boarding and day school. St. Catharines also has many great elementary and secondary schools as well.

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Transportation around St. Catharines, Ontario

Public transportation is served by the St. Catharines Transit Commission which operates bus routes throughout the city and neighbouring Thorold. All major routes converge at the St. Catharines Bus Terminal, which is located downtown.

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Tourism and Attractions of St. Catharines

St. Catharines is home to many tourist attractions, including art galleries, The St. Catharines Museum, Garden City Productions which puts on theatre productions throughout the year, and great shopping centres to name a few.

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Surrounding Communities

  • St. Catharines
  • Beamsville
  • Port Dalhousie
  • Jordon Station
  • Thorald
  • Port Weller
  • Vineland
  • McNab
  • Jordan Harbour
  • Homer
  • Rockway
  • Power Glen
  • Virgil
  • Fenwick

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Geography of St. Catharines, Ontario

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St. Catharines's Government

St. Catharines is governed by a mayor and city council of twelve city councillors, with two councillors representing each of the six municipal wards in the city.

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St. Catharines's Economy and Industry

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St. Catharines's Culture and Significant Events

St. Catharines hosts many festivals throughout the year such as, the Folk Art Festival, Niagara Grape and Wine Festival and the SCENE Music Festival to name a few.

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Sports in St. Catharines, Ontario

The city`s Junior `B` Hockey team, The St. Catharines Falcons, play out of Jack Gatecliff Arena. The St. Catharines Saints served as the farm team for the Toronto Maple Leafs, and today are known as the Toronto Marlies. St. Catharines trail system offers over 90 kilometres of accessible pathways that are suitable for walking, jogging, cycling, hiking and cross-country skiing.

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Media of St. Catharines

Ontario's St. Catharines is home to many successful newspapers, including the St. Catharines Standard and the Niagara News as well as many AM and FM radio stations like AM 610 and local rock station FM 97.7.

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