Mary Ann grew up in the town of Pembroke, Ontario (Population, 13,882). She was a self proclaimed ‘shy girl’ and when it came to choosing where she would go to University, she gave herself two options: Stay close to home where she knew everyone and it was comfortable, or strike out on an adventure to a new city to meet new people and have new experiences. She chose door #2.
She enrolled at Brock University in St. Catharines after falling in love with the campus during a tour. She describes St. Catharines as a big city with a small town feel. She immediately started participating in a number of extra curricular activities (including joining a rowing club) where she quickly made new friends and broke out of her shell.
Flash forward 16 years and she is still living in Niagara (and loving it). She has a great job, an amazing circle of friends and is a short drive away to the best chip truck in the world (though she doesn’t want to reveal its secret location). “Simply put Niagara is a city but to me it’s more of a small town with the big city feeling – a great place for a small town girl.”
If you’re a small town girl (or boy) and seeking that big city feeling with the creature comforts of back home, Niagara is for you.