Downtown Street Closure

Photo from 2019.
Currently, physical distancing between tables is in place.

Weekend Road Closures in Downtown St. Catharines

A segment of St. Paul Street, between William Street and Carlisle Street, will be closed to vehicular traffic this weekend to allow restaurant patios to open onto the sidewalks and for the street itself to become a pedestrian walkway. Outdoor patios are open at a number of restaurants throughout the core beyond the St. Paul Street road closure area, and now restaurants may offer indoor seating with appropriate safety measures in place.

Downtown retailers and services are also open to welcome you into their unique businesses. Click here for a list of downtown businesses that are open and ready to serve you. On Sunday, there are market vendors on St. Paul Street (near James Street). You’ll find live music downtown at patios on the weekend, including the South St. Paul Beer Garden (St. Paul Street near William) on Sunday afternoons. The new St. Paul & James Wine Garden has picnic tables where you can enjoy take-out food from any downtown restaurant, and catch live music on Friday and Saturday evenings brought to you by the Niagara Grape & Wine Festival.

Street closure hours and location of street closure are subject to change:
Friday September 18: 3:00pm to 11:00pm
Saturday September 19: 10:00am to 11:00pm
Sunday September 20: 10:00am to 9:00pm

To avoid towing, do not park on St. Paul Street between William and Carlisle during the times of the street closure. Free parking is available weekday evenings after 6pm and all day on weekends at meters throughout downtown, municipal parking lots and two downtown parking garages. Residents and businesses in the closure area can use the City’s Meridian Centre and David S. Howes parking lots.

As physical distancing continues to be recommended as an important way to contain COVID-19, the road closure will continue on weekends throughout the summer and possibly into the fall (end date to be determined). As you visit the shops and restaurants in Downtown St. Catharines, remember to:

– observe each establishment’s requirements for safety. The City’s Mandatory Mask By-Law is now in effect, so you will be required to wear a face mask if you go indoors at public places of business. 

– respect physical distancing as you walk on the road allowance

– give space to other customers on outdoor patios and in retail stores

– be kind and generous with your wait staff or store employees

A regularly updated list of all of our downtown businesses that are open can be found at Support Downtown Businesses

Please read the joint news release from the City of St. Catharines and the St. Catharines Downtown Association regarding the street closure.

Curbside Pick Up

To make it easier for those picking up take-out orders and making quick shopping stops at St. Paul Street businesses, there are Curbside Pick Up zones on St. Paul Street, Queen Street and James Street. Also, the St. Catharines Downtown Association has secured a number of spots on weekends in the parking lot located at 135 St. Paul Street, accessible by Summer Street (between Pizza Pizza and Daisy Duke’s), to serve as a place for free short-term (15 minute) parking. Look for these signs:

During regular office hours, you may contact us by email at, or by phone 905-685-8424. 

Thanks to Giant Shoe Creative Agency for our downtown photography.