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Henley Island 2

Left:  A flock of geese line the docks. Top right:  A shady area to have a bite outdoors. Bottom right: The bottom area of the Island.Photos: [Umar Syed].



Henley Island is a place to enjoy the sport of rowing or enjoy a day of relaxation. The Island is separated by a couple sections the Club Area and the Shell Area. The Club Area has green space for families to bring their kids or pets outdoors. There's room for picnicking and enough shade from the sun. Theres a path that heads even closer to Martindale Pond where rowing boats can be seen. The Shell Area leads to the rowing facilities


The grassy field next to it is available to anyone. Visitors can bring loved ones, children or pets, and have a family picnic. There is lots of shade created by the large trees and grass to have an outdoor meal. There are some logs that can be used for seating. This is a great place to enjoy some outdoor sports like soccer, kite flying, or running. East of the grassy field is a small small dirt path. Walk along the narrow path and follow the stairs down. This leads to a field of grass lower down. You are now right near Martindale Pond. This is the rowing area for competitions. This area is slightly larger but there is less shade. This is another spot for playing or picnicking.  The only sounds you will hear is the water and the various birds flying around the area.

During rowing season you will see rowing practices. The gravel path that goes north is to the rowing centre. If you have an interest in the sport you can register for the numerous leagues such as the recreational rowing league. There is also a training program for young children to learn to row..



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Survey Tour of Natural Picnic Areas.


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From Toronto:
Take the Gardiner Expressway W ramp

Merge onto the Gardiner Expressway and continue travelling until it connects to the QEW (Queen Elizabeth Way) in 14.8 km

Merge onto QEW/ON-403 W and travel for 70.4 km

Take exit 51 onto Regionaal Road 34/ Seventh Street. Drive for 750 m.

Turn left onto Seventh Street Louth and travel for 700 m

Turn right onto Lakeshore Road and travel 1.8 km until Main Street

Travel 750 m and turn right on Henley Island Drive.

You are now at the destination

From Niagara:

Take ON-420 W and drive for 1.9km

Keep left and connect with the QEW. Drive for 18.5 km

Take exit 48 (Martindale Road) and drive 1.5 km

Turn right onto Main Street and drive 600m.

Turn right on Henley Island Drive

You are now at the destination



Rowing is a  popular sport in the City of St. Catharines. There is a rich history of the sport.  The Henley Regatta is a yearly tradition at Martindale Pond. This Rowing event has been going on for 135 years. It has been called the “top amateur rowing event in North America.” Over 3500 people come to visit St. Catharines to see the spectacle. The long stretch of water that is 1200 metres long, is perfect for rowing competitions.




Geese have also made a home near the water and standing on the docks. Various other species of birds can be seen. Various types of trees line the grassy areas.


Further Information









Ownership & Management

City of St. Catharines


A area with picnic tables is available for rental. Rowing centre.

Admission Fee



partially accessible


72 Henley Island Drive
St. Catharines, Ontario
Municipality Niagara Region


9056885601 with ext.

GPS Co-ordinates

Latitude 43.191485
Longitude -79.274009
UTM easting 640246.4036516006
UTM northing 4783525.276887176


Recreational and Community Services
50 Church Street
St. Catharines, ON
Tel 9056885601 with ext.

Walking time 

30 minutes

Jogging time 

15 minutes

Surface features 

paved roads, grass

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