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NS&T Port Weller Spur

While the rail and the ties on this portion of a once region-wide transit system have been removed, the old NS&T (Niagara, St. Catharines, and Toronto) line has found a new use as a recreational path in a series of quiet residential areas parallel and in close proximity to the present Welland Canal.  This trail was actually known as a section of the Lake Shore Division of the NS&T Electric railway system.  From 1913 to 1931, passengers were carried between St. Catharines and Niagara-on- the-Lake along its route, including numerous Canadian Soldiers on route to a Niagara-on-the-Lake military camp during the First World War.  The rail line was taken over by Canadian National Railway in 1960 for dieselized freight service.   

During the 1950-1960s growth of residential neighbourhoods in the once-agricultural region that surrounded the NS & T Port Weller Spur, some of the favourite past times of youth included squashing pennies on the rail, feeling the vibrations of oncoming trains with their ears,  and using the track as a short-cut, claims local baby-boomer.

Historical

This greenway was once a portion of the Lake Shore Division of the NS&T (Niagara, St. Catharines, and Toronto) electric railway system. From 1913 to 1931, passengers were carried between St. Catharines and Niagara-on- the-Lake along its route. During the First World War, numerous Canadian soldiers travelled the rail line to reach a military camp in Niagara-on-the-Lake. For many years before its eventual construction, the citizens of Niagara-on-the-Lake vigorously pushed for electric rail passenger service-- even offering the NS&T company 20 years exemption from taxes. The rail line was taken over by Canadian National Railway in 1960 for dieselized freight service.

Recreational

Malcomson Park, Seaway Gardens, Grantham Lions Park, Roehampton Park.

Recreational Uses

Walking, Jogging, Cycling

Adjacent Land Uses

Schools, Residential, Roehampton Park, Mary Malcolmson Eco-Park

Further Information

Niagara Greenway Network: http://www.brocku.ca/epi/gwaylist.htm Niagara Region Bicycling Map 2nd Edition

Ownership & Management

City of St. Catharines Parks and Recreation Department

Address

St. Catharines, Ontario

Administration

City of St. Catharines
Parks and Recreation Department
St. Catharines, Ontario

Trail length 

approx. 4-5 km

Surface features 

Gravel Pathway

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