It's a small trip with a big payoff. The St. Catharines Museum is about 45 minutes north of Buffalo and well worth the visit. There are a couple classic cars here, one is an REO built right here in St. Catharines in 1912. Inside the museum you'll discover a great display about the underground railroad highlighting one of the city's most recognizable citizens, Harriet Tubman.
There is a comprehensive display on St. Catherines' involvement in World War One. Curator Kathleen Powell points out that many Americans slipped over the border into Canada to join the war effort early on, saying "so they get get involved from the start, the Americans joined the war a little later than the Canadians did."
Outside the museum is Lock #3 of The Welland Canal a popular attraction. "You are almost within touching distance of some of the lakers that come in here" the curator points out.
It's a chance to see sky scraper sized ships carefully maneuver through the man-made engineering feat. There is a special walkway that allows picture takers to get up close and even an updated schedule board inside the museum that will let visitors know when the next ship will be going through.
The St. Catharines Museum is open daily 9-5 and admission is always by donation. More information is available at their website.