St Catharines is a vibrant and friendly Canadian city, situated some 32 miles south of Ontario and 12 miles from the United States border. The Welland Canal, part of the St Lawrence Seaway, is a feature of St Catharines, allowing oceangoing vessels to pass through the city. Shipping may be observed from the viewing platform at Lock 3, which is part of the St Catharines Museum. Montebello Park, with its commemorative rose gardens and bandstand, is just one of the city parks which, together with recreational trails cover some 55 miles around the city, and are ideal for walking and cycling in the summer and cross country skiing in the winter. As such, St Catharines truly deserves the nickname of "the Garden City". Expats living in St Catharines may join InterNations, the global community of expatriates, to network and make contact with others living in St Catharines and beyond. InterNations members include leading lights from a wide variety of professions, and the platform offers friendly contact and support to fellow expats.
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The St Catharines Niagara District Airport is situated to the east of the city in neighboring Niagara-on-the-Lake; however, for scheduled, commercial flights nearby international airports in Ontario and the United States will need to be used. Two major freeways cross the city, and AMTRAK and Via Rail link St Catharines with Toronto and New York City, whilst Greyhound and Coach Canada buses operate from St Catharines. The local bus service and automobiles are the main means of city transport. Relocation to a new country can often be stressful and isolating, but as an InterNations member, any expat moving to St Catharines can forge new business and social contacts in the area by using the forums and private communication services on the InterNations website. InterNations member are often able to help resolve specific problems a fellow expatriate may encounter during relocation to Canada, and offer useful tips and advice, but for more general queries, the InterNations Expat Magazine contains a wide variety of expatriation as well as repatriation related topics.
St Catharines is a city of commerce and trade, and its strategic location between the Greater Toronto Region and the Fort Erie - United States border, makes St Catharines an important telecommunications link between Canada and the US, with a number of major call centers in the city. Brock University, the Concordia Seminary and the McMaster University Medical School all have campuses in St Catharines, giving the city a large student population. InterNations membership allows expatriates working in St Catharines to locate and meet with others to enjoy the facilities on offer in the city, ranging from fine dining to boating on the nearby Great Lakes. There is, after all, more to life as an expat in St Catharines than simply working abroad.