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Jaycee Gardens Park

Left: Great place to sit and relax while enjoying natural beauty. Top right: Welcome message at the entrance of Jaycee Park. Bottom right: A memorial dedicated to Kristen French, in the middle of the park. (Umar Syed)



Jaycee park is one of St.Catharine's largest parks, and contains many beautiful landscaped flowers, grass and trees. This park is a great place for families and individuals alike to go and relax. There are long footpaths where people can enjoy long walks, while admiring the stunning natural beauty of the park. There are many benches dedicated to individuals and provide stunning views of Martindale Pond and other landscapes. To one side is a play area, where kids can enjoy swings and slides. The park follows the path of the third Welland Canal that cut diagonally across the city between 1886 and 1932. The location has ample space for people to come and enjoy picnics, walks or any outdoor activities they enjoy. Towards the end of the park is along bridge that spans over Martindale Pond. The bridge, which was constructed in 2011, connects Jaycee Park to Port Dalhousie. This park provides a great location for holding small scale events like picnics and even formal large scale events like weddings. It also plays host to an annual egg hunt on the Saturday of Easter weekend, where through out the day numerous egg hunts are held for children up to the age of 10.



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Survey Tour of Natural Picnic Areas



Hours of Operation

Open 24 hours 


From Toronto:
Head south on Bay street towards Albert Street. 200 m

Turn right to stay on Bay Street. 1 km

Turn right onto Lake Shore Blvd West

Take the Gardiner Expressway West ramp and go on for 450 m

Merge onto Gardiner Expressway West and drive for 32 km

Merge onto QEW/ 403 W towards Niagara and drive for 73.2 km

Take the Ontario Street exit

Turn left onto Ontario Street and drive for 1.3 km

Destination will be on the left hand side.

From Niagara:

Head north on Stanley Avenue towards Spring Street. Drive for 750 m

Turn left onto Highway 420 West. Drive for 1.9 km

Keep left and merge onto QEW Highway towards Toronto. Drive for 17.6 km

Take the Ontario Street South exit. Drive for 350 m

Merge onto Henley Drive

After 65 m turn left onto Ontario Street. 

Drive for 1 km

Destination will be on the left hand side



Jaycee park contains a beautifully decorated memorial in the memory of Kristen French, who was tortured and murdered in 1992. The park itself is located on the land that once played host to the Third Welland Canal. The canal was filled in within the park but the location can still be seen along the path of the shrub bed located on the south side of the park. The west end of the park, close to Martindale Pond, contains the exposed remnants of one of the stone locks of the canal. 


Jaycee Gardens park is St. Catharines' largest horticultural park. It consists of about 8 hectares of stunning landscapes of many different flowers, trees and lush green grass. The park has gone a long way to beautify the community of St. Catharines and provide a positive experience for the park's visitors.


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Admission Fee



Wheelchair accessible


543 Ontario Street
St. Catharines, Ontario
L2N 4N4

GPS Co-ordinates

Latitude 43.191520
Longitude -79.265821
UTM easting 640911.6569318584
UTM northing 4783542.918544625

Walking time 

20-25 mins

Jogging time 

10-15 mins

Cycling time 

5-10 mins

Surface features 


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