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Jaycees Easter Egg Hunt

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Top left: Meet the Easter Bunny; Top right: Sparky the Fire Dog; Bottom left: Getting ready for the hunt; Bottom right: We can be bunnies too! (Photos provided by Brian Ceschin)

 

 

General Information

Sorry folks, this one is for the kids! This annual easter egg hunt is put on by the community of St. Catharines, and welcomes children from ages 1 through 10 to join the celebration. The Jaycees Annual Easter Egg Hunt is held on the Saturday of Easter weekend, and attracts many members of the community, including the mayor, local MPP's, local media, and emergency service personnel. There are usually a number of hunt times during the day, and each hunt is divided into age categories (i.e. ages 4 - 6 at 10:30 am) . Please check the St. Catharines Jaycees website for time slots.

 

All children are welcome, and it is a great, fun-filled family event. This is a great outdoor, recreational activity for the entire family. With over 50,000 eggs to find, it is sure to keep the kids busy and active.

 

They will be collecting non-perishable food items to donate to Community Care of St. Catharines and Thorold to help families in need. This is a not-for-profit event, and accept cash donations at the gate, which is also donated to Community Care. Easter Egg Hunts are a great Canadian tradition, and this is a great opportunity to support the community.

Hours of Operation

The Jaycees Annual Easter Egg Hunt will take place on the Saturday of Easter weekend, beginning early morning and into the afternoon. Please check the St. Catharines Jaycees website for specific times.

 

Directions

Jaycee Gardens is located on Ontario Street between Linwell Road and Ziraldo Road. There is a Hakim Optical nearby as a landmark.

 

TO JAYCEE GARDENS: Take QEW, exit 47 for Ontario Street. Head North on Ontario Street toward Lake Ontario for about 1 km. Jaycee Gardens should be on the left side.

 

To catch the free shuttle that leaves from Lakeside Park the morning of the event, continue up Ontario Street, and make a left on Lakeport Road. You will be entering Port Dalhousie, and make a right at lights onto a one-way entrance to Lakeside Park.

 

Cultural

This spring egg hunt is to provide children and families with entertainment and fun, and everyone is welcome. The easter egg hunt is a Canadian tradition, and this event is religion-neutral. It is a great social activity, and a nice way to begin the spring season.

 

Ecological

This event is held at Jaycee Gargens, St. Catharines' largest horticulture park, and provides a large recreational area. The land was initially used as a landfill site, however the property was later rezoned as a green belt area and is now 21 acres of landscaped grounds. The property overlooks Martindale Pond, and during the warmer months is recognized as one of St. Catharines most aesthetically appealing gardens.

 

Adjacent Land Uses

Jaycee Gardens has many acres for you to explore. If you have missed this event, it is still a very nice area to visit any time of year. It is the site of St. Catharines' largest single planting of perrenials and annuals, and magnificent during the summer months.

 

Less than 5 minutes away is Port Dalhousie, a major tourist area for the shops, restaurants, the beach, recreational area, an for boating and water activity. There is a pier to walk down on either side of the waterway, volleyball areas, a carousel at 5 cents per ride, and great picnic area. This is also where the free shuttle to Jaycees Easter Egg Hunt departs/returns.

 

Further Information

 

St. Catharines Jaycees- http://jcistcatharines.ca

www.facebook.com/jcistcatharines

 

Facilities

Public portable toilets at park. Parking is free at Lakeside Park in port Dalhousie, with a free shuttle service running back and forth to the park the morning of the event. The park has paved sidewalks and walkways so those on a wheel chairs should be able to get into the park.

They run a BBQ at the event each year. (Pricing of items is determined by the committee running the event. In previous years they have seld hamburgers and hotdogs $2-3 ea. Also beverages such as pop and water are available around $1 ea.)

Admission Fee

$1 per child, or 1 non-perishable food item per child.

Address

Jaycees Easter Egg Hunt
Jaycee Gardens, Ontario Street
St. Catharines, Ontario
Municipality St. Catharines

Telephone

(905) 685-1979

GPS Co-ordinates

Latitude 43.190707
Longitude -79.262044

Administration

St. Catharines Jaycees
198 Pelham Road
St. Catharines, ON
L2S 1W7
Tel (905) 685-1979
Email info@stcatharinesjaycees.org
Website www.stcatharinesjaycees.org

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