“It’s going to get very cold”, at least that’s what everyone tells me. As things settle down a little after midterms, and schedules start to clear up amongst friends, it’s a great time to enjoy the weather. I thought I’d share with you a few things I’ve found fun to do in the Niagara region, and the city of St. Catharines in particular.

Going to the Pen Centre:
You’ll often hear people talk about it, and it’s a fun place to be. It’s just minutes from campus, there’s plenty of nice stores and you’ll find a little bit of everything to make your stay better. Pro tip: if you’re not that good at cleaning, scented candles can help get smells go away, and the Pen Centre is the place to get them. Another pro tip: if you live off campus and have to walk a lot, but don’t want the hassle of a bicycle? Get a skateboard! It’s fun and you can carry it just about anywhere! Guess what? The Pen Centre is the place to get one, there’s a couple of skater shops with very, very, friendly staff.

Go to the movies:
The nearby movie theatre is also at the Pen Centre. It can be a bit pricey at times, but if you open a banking account with Scotiabank you get a nice discount and some free tickets. I can assure that in my time here, I’ve had my share of fun at the cinema with friends.

Going Fishing:
It’s salmon season! It’s a great time to head down to Port Dalhousie (a lakeside community in St. Catharines) and try your luck at fishing. I haven’t caught anything in the times I’ve gone, but my friends tell me they were able to catch more than a few salmon just around midnight, so if you’re up to it, that can be a great meal and an even better story.

Go to Niagara Falls:
If you haven’t already, then what are you doing in the Niagara region? It’s a jaw-dropping sight, especially if you get to see it from up high, like the Skylon Tower. Near the falls there are many fun things to do. There’s the Casino if you’d like to really try your luck, several restaurants and plenty of sightseeing to do. If you have an American Visa, you can just step to the U.S. and start a fun road-trip to Buffalo, where you can enjoy a day at the beach on Lake Erie.

Go to Toronto:
It’s not that far away, and there are buses that take you directly from Brock to Toronto. There’s always plenty of events happening, where you can catch concerts, go to restaurants, or go shopping at Eaton Centre. You could go to the CN Tower, where the sight of the skyline is truly unbeatable. Or perhaps, you could add some time to your drive and head to Canada’s Wonderland, a theme park with amazing rides and roller coasters that will rattle your bones.


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