St Catharines museums, rec centres and more open on Friday

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Published July 14, 2021 at 3:53 pm


The City of St Catharines announced today that the Kiwanis Aquatics Centre, museum, community centres, older adult centres and other recreational amenities will reopen to the public on July 16 as Ontario enters Step 3 of its Roadmap to Reopen.

“With a focus on balancing public health, community impact and feasibility more City of St. Catharines facilities will reopen with expanded program offerings,” said the City in a release.

They cautioned that the public is reminded that “COVID-19 continues to pose a threat to the health of the community and as such masks should continue to be worn alongside the continuation of hand washing and physical distancing.”

Mask and screening requirements remain in effect for those entering City facilities and many traditionally drop-in programs will require advanced registration. Program details are still being developed and will be posted to the City website as they become available.

St. Catharines Kiwanis Aquatics Centre: The centre opens for lane and leisure swimming Friday, July 16. Advanced reservation required. For more information visit:

Lakeside Park Carousel: The carousel, built in 1903, will be open daily, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., starting July 16. Intermittent stoppages will take place for enhanced cleaning. Masks are required for all users aged over 10. Admission by donation. For more information visit:

Russell Avenue and Port Weller Community Centres: Community centres open July 16, with hours dependent on programming. Registration or reservation required for all programs. For more information visit

St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre: The museum opens Friday, July 16. The facility will be open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., seven days a week. Admission by donation. Reservations recommended. For more information visit

Morningstar Mill buildings: Historic buildings reopen on July 17. The buildings will be open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Admission by donation. For more information visit

Seymour-Hannah Sports and Entertainment Centre: The City is currently working to reinstate ice on rinks two and three and will open once ice is ready. Reservations will be required for public skating. Rental inquiries can be directed to [email protected] For more information visit

Community rentals: City facilities such as parks, pavilions and community rooms will return. Rental application forms and more information can be found at

(Photo courtesy of the Friends of Lakeside Park Carousel)

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