Dating old photo postcards

As the canals were dredged, the fill was used to form what is now Lakeside Park.

In the early part of the century until the 1950's, it served as a widely popular amusement park, complete with merry-go-round, baseball diamond, wooden water slide and dance pavilion. It is one of few of its kind still in use and was restored in the 1970's through the efforts of local residents.

This Gothic styled church was constructed between 18 from stones brought from Kingston as ballast on ships.

The original steeple, which was tall enough to be seen by ships on the lake, blew over during a storm on Easter morning, 1928.

Molded architectural detailing can be found throughout the building.

This building was constructed in 1845 as the Customs House for the Dominion Government of Canada. All ships passing through the canal had to stop and pay fines/duties here, day or night.

Built in 1862, this is one of the oldest buildings in the core area.In the summer of 1929 alone, Lakeside Park welcomed nearly 300,000 visitors traveling aboard the long serving passenger ships "Dalhousie City" and "Northumberland." This wooden merry-go-round was built in 1898 by the I. When the merry-go-round was turned over to the City of St.Catharines, it was on the understanding that a ride would cost a nickel in perpetuity.The piers were built as part of the construction of the Second Welland Canal in 1838, and provided a more direct entrance point to the locks than those serving the First Welland Canal which took an "L" shaped route under what is now Lakeside Park to the inner harbour. The outer lighthouse (built circa 1879) and the inner lighthouse (constructed circa 1898, to replace an earlier one which was destroyed by lightning) are both local landmarks closely associated with the development of the Welland Canals.Originally this land was the marshy mouth of Twelve Mile Creek.

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