When you visit St. Catharines, make sure to stop to smell the roses in Montebello Park. More than 1,300 bushes and 25 varieties are showcased in this magnificent public space, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted who designed New York City’s Central Park.

You can also enjoy the more than 55 miles of accessible trails, including the Bruce Trail, one of Canada’s longest and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Or take a scenic horseback ride past stunning cascade waterfalls in Short Hills Provincial Park, where you might also spot white-tailed deer and rare plants like paw-paw and sweet chestnut.

This underrated city plays host to many annual festivals, including the Folk Arts Festival that has been running for more than 35 years and the world-class rowing event, the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta, since 1903. If you’re a wine connoisseur, you’ll want to time your visit for the Niagara Grape and Wine Festival, but you can enjoy an idyllic afternoon of wine-tasting year-round at one of the region’s countless world-class vineyards.

Looking for a little more information on the history of the area? Learn about the city’s role in helping black slaves escape the United States for freedom at the terminus for the Underground Railway. Or stroll through the Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame and Museum for a tour of the Canadian national sport that dates back hundreds of years.

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