Things to do in St Catharines

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St Catharines: Welland Canal Segway Tour

1. St Catharines: Welland Canal Segway Tour

Glide along the Welland Canal, discovering its triumph of engineering and the history of the Niagara region. Taking a Segway tour is the perfect family activity. They are super easy to learn, no one is left behind, and everybody is having fun. You start with individual training, where each participant is allowed to get comfortable before starting the tour. You then travel along the canal on a dedicated and peaceful path, where you learn about the 3 previous canals, and why they got built in the first place. You will observe the Glendale Bridge, and learn how it works and operates. You then head to the main control center and find yourself at the bottom of the Niagara Escarpment. You will climb the escarpment before taking a break and then discover the Twin/Flight Locks. Your guides will give you some interesting information about this Welland Canal, explain how the boats are lifted in, as well as how much time it takes to do so. You then travel to Lock 5 and 6, turn back and then glide along all the way back to the museum, letting you enjoy the Segway ride. You will travel around the Museum and visit the Fallen Workers Memorial, dedicated to the 137 people who lost their lives building this 4th Canal.  Continue onto Lock 7, for the longest Segway tour available in the region. This is the only tour along the Welland Canal, it uses an easy path perfect for beginners. With its 5 or 9 kilometer length, you will be a pro on a Segway by the end the tour, and also possess impressive knowledge about the Welland Canal.

Niagara Falls, Canada: Underground Railroad & History Tour

2. Niagara Falls, Canada: Underground Railroad & History Tour

On this tour, you learn about the history of the Niagara Falls, Canada, while also visiting viewpoints for the Falls. Learn about the second leg of the Underground Railroad and truly understand the destination you are visiting.  You will meet your guide, dressed in 19th-century attire, in the lobby of your hotel.  Relax in the comfortable bus that offers air-conditioning, and travel through the city of Niagara Falls, Canada. Stop at Niagara-On-The-Lake, a town known for its wineries, to sample some local wines. See the picturesque village of the town as you make your way along the scenic parkway.  Arrive in St. Catharines where Harriet Tubman first set up her abolitionist stronghold and place of worship. Visit the British Methodist Episcopal Church, formerly Salem Chapel, as well as the cemetery for former slaves and the historic Suspension Bridge that Tubman used to cross into Canada.

Ontario: Winter Segway Tour at Henry of Pelham Winery

3. Ontario: Winter Segway Tour at Henry of Pelham Winery

Everyone will meet in the main parking lot of the Henry of Pelham Family Estate Winery in St Catharines. Each person receives an individual training on how to ride a Segway and enough time to practice. Once everybody feels comfortable you will start the tour. There is a lot to learn about the rich history of the Pelham family and it can be traced back to the revolutionary war. The first stop is along raws of Cabernet Sauvignon to learn why winegrowers used to put rose bushes in their vineyards. The family cemetery is another stop to discover the graveyards of Henry and Catharine Smith and learn how they are still celebrated in today's wines. The Niagara escarpment is a tremendous part of what defines Niagara, this tour explains how it impacts the climate and how it helps make it the first winery region in Canada and produces some of the best wines in the world. There is also a description of the modern growing techniques and how the terroir has a major effect on the wine. On the way back, there will be a pause to talk about the native animals of the region, Niagara is home of 300 species of birds, some of them staying all year long.The world renowned ice wine is a big part of the Niagara Region, this tours details how it is produced and why the Niagara region is the perfect place for it. Last but not least: the wine tasting. The Wine shop, originally a tavern built in 1842 by Henry of Pelham, is where a tasting of three different wines of your choice takes place, including their signature Baco Noir and their ice wine. So if you are looking for fun things to do near Niagara Falls this winter, look no further.

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Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 19 reviews

Guillaume , Thanks for making the Segway ride down Welland Canal an awesome experience. You gave us enough time to get used to the Segway at the start and always kept an eye on us all the time as we rode up and down the pathway next to the canal. My wife and me both loved the experience and would strongly recommend it to our friends and family and to any one else reading this review online.

A fabulous tour with unbelievable recital and historical knowledge from Kevin. Wonderful places visited, Niagara on the Lake is lovely, visited Inniskillen Winery for wine tasting, which we thought was in with the tour, but came at an extra cost to us. Fuel surcharge for pick up/drop off of $20 was additional.

Unique experience - we all got to learn a new skill and also learn about the locks and history of the surrounding area. A fairly relaxing way to spend an afternoon.

Our guide was extremely knowledgeable about everything and was extremely pleasant and helpful. I would highly recommend him to you

We really enjoyed the tour. Guillaume was a wonderdul guide for our 1st time. We would definitely recommend!