There are a lot of things to do and see while in town, including historical sites, architecture from different eras, and arts of all kinds. Just be sure to leave the barrel at home when you go to see Niagara Falls.
When to Visit St. Catharines, ON
St. Catharines experiences a short, hot summer, with the rest of the months experiencing cool to very cold temperatures. The warm season starts in early June and lasts until mid to late September. The average daily high is a little over 70 degrees Fahrenheit, but temperatures in the 80s are not unheard of. The warm weather starts to ease off towards the end of September and the slide down the scale continues until around the end of January. Average temperatures in the winter are below 40 degrees, with the coldest days seeing an average high of 31 degrees.
There's always a chance of rain in St. Catharines, with an average of 24 percent chance of precipitation from late March to mid-December. The odds of wet weather decreases between December to March. It never hurts to bring a jacket along, even when the weather is supposed to be warm. Staying dry is far preferable to running for cover when a rainstorm comes on unexpectedly. And be sure to pack warm clothes if you're in town during the winter.
Below is a chart of the current pricing seasonality of hotels and motels in St. Catharines, ON:
St. Catharines by Star Rating
Below are 3 charts demonstrating mean rate trends by star rating class in St. Catharines, ON. You can use these charts to calculate the most cost effective time to stay in St. Catharines throughout the year.
Luxury Hotel Options in St. Catharines, ON
4 Star Average Prices: $339.00
There aren't any hotels in St. Catharines that qualify as luxury, which means driving 10 miles to Niagara Falls to get rooms with luxury appointments at the Hilton Niagara Falls/Fallsview Hotel and Suites. Rooms here feature a flat-screen TV with cable channels, WiFi (charges may apply), coffee maker, hairdryer, branded toiletries in the bathroom, and Jacuzzi tub. You can request a room with views of Niagara Falls on the U.S. or Canadian side. The hotel has an indoor pool and fitness center, four restaurants, coffee shop, two bars, and is connected to a casino for easy access to some fun.
The Best Western Plus Cairn Croft Hotel is a 3-star property with a unique feature in the form of an indoor pool and two hot tubs in a tropical courtyard setting. Rooms feature amenities that include a flat-screen TV with cable programming, an alarm clock with MP3 connectivity, data ports for Internet connections, and a mini-refrigerator. There's a coffee shop on-site, as well as a cocktail lounge and bistro for bites to eat.
Affordable Hotel Options in St. Catharines, ON
3 Star Average Prices: $114.63
You're looking for amenities, but you don't want to go all-out on a luxury hotel. The Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites St. Catharines Conference Center fits your needs perfectly. It's a modern hotel full of quality amenities at prices that make your wallet happy. You'll enjoy in-room amenities that include a flat-screen TV with cable and premium channels, a work desk with electrical outlets at desk level, a mini-refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, and complimentary supplies to make tea and coffee. The bathroom features quality soaps and amenities, a whirlpool/spa bathtub, and a separate walk-in shower.
The Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites St. Catharines also features an indoor pool with heated whirlpool, a 40-lane bowling alley and entertainment center with video games, interactive games, and food and drinks. There's also an indoor trampoline park adjacent to the hotel. A business center is available 24 hours a day, and there's a fitness center available throughout the day.
Another hotel that offers a lot for your dollar is the Four Points by Sheraton St. Catharines Niagara Suites. This pet-friendly hotel features spacious rooms and suites that come outfitted with two queen or one king-sized bed fitted with branded bedding and mattresses, desk with office chair, flat-screen TV with cable channels, free bottled water and coffee, free high-speed WiFi, and sofa with pull-out bed. The hotel features an indoor heated pool, fitness center, an on-site restaurant and wine bar, and it showcases local craft beer on a rotating basis.