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Rennie Park - St. Catharines


Left: The Heavy 8 Scultures commemmorating the volunteers who restored the surrounding ecology . Top right: A scenic view of Martindale Pond. Bottom right: A flock of geese enjoying life in the park.Photos: [Umar Syed].



Located at the entrance to Port Dalhousie from Lakeport Road, this park is an interesting place to visit. It directly connects to Jaycee Gardens by the Michael Rennie Park Bridge and thus visitors can visit both parks at once. There’s a scenic view of Martindale Pond and a large expanse of grass to have a picnic or take a stroll around the park. Many historical monuments dot the park including the Spirit of St. Catharines and the Heavy Eight scultures. Animals such as geese have also made a home at this park, allowing visitors to see them up close.




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Survey Tour of Natural Picnic Areas.


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From Toronto:
Take the Garndiner 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 74km
Take exit Regional Road 42 (Ontario Street) and travel 350 m. 
Turn left onto Ontario Street and travel for 2 km
Turn right onto Lakeport Road travel 750 m
The destination is on the left

From Niagara:

Take ON-420 W and drive for 1.9km
Keep left and connect with the QEW. Drive for 17.6 km
Take exit 47 (Ontario Street) and drive 350 m
Connect onto Henley Drive and drive 64 m.
Turn right onto Ontario Street and drive 1.7 km
Turn left onto Lakeport Road and drive 750 m
The destination is on the left



The Martindale Pond Bridge was built in 2011 that connected Jaycee Park to Michael Rennie Park. It was built by Rankin Construction Inc for the use for the World Rowing Championships. The Heavy Eight scultures can be found in the center of the park. They were erected to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of volunteers who helped to restore the ecolgoy surrounding Martindale Pond. The heavy erosion and sedimentation within the water affected the ability for competitions to occur at the Henley Regatta. This prevented the Henley Rowing course from losing its competition eligibility.


Near the picnic tables visitors can find the monument the story of the Muir Family.The Muir family were originally from Scotland. The six Muir brothers moved to Port Dalhousie and operated a fleet of wooden ships that transported goods between England and Port Dalhousie. The Muir Family was a prominent family in the area between 1839 -1948. Another monument can be found near the parking lot. Surrounded by planted flowers, this momument commemorates the first women rowing crew to finish the Henley Regatta in 1948.



The park has 3.6 hectares of green space that allows for picnicking, walking, or jogging. The park includes a variety of planted trees and planted flowers.


Further Information






Ownership & Management

City of St. Catharines

Admission Fee



partially accessible


60 Lakeport Road
St. Catharines, Ontario
L2N 4P5 Municipality Niagara Region


9056885601 with ext.

GPS Co-ordinates

Latitude 43.199999
Longitude -79.266631
UTM easting 640826.333231705
UTM northing 4784483.193660023


Recreational and Community Services
50 Church Street
St. Catharines, Ontario
L2R 7C2
Tel 9056885601 with ext.

Surface features 

Grass and paved concrete

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