List of people from St. Catharines

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The following people were born in, residents of, or are otherwise closely connected to the city of St. Catharines, Ontario


  • Supermodel Linda Evangelista, was born and raised in St. Catharines. Her family still lives there. The breast screening centre at St. Catharines General Hospital is named after her and singer Bryan Adams.


  • Edward Burtynsky, internationally recognized and critically acclaimed photographer
  • Ralston Crawford, was a critically acclaimed painter, printmaker, and photographer
  • Marie Elyse St. George (born 1929), artist, poet
  • David Rokeby, critically acclaimed videographer spent his formative years in St. Catharines. His father was the Minister at St. Columba Anglican Church

Film, television, and media[edit]







War Heroes[edit]

  • Frederick Fisher, St. Catharines born recipient of the Victoria Cross for actions during the Second Battle of Ypres in the First World War
  • Air Commodore Leonard Birchall, CM, OBE, DFC, O.Ont, CD, Pilot Royal Canadian Air Force, Second World War, "The Saviour of Ceylon". Birchall was St. Catharines born and raised, attending St. Catharines Collegiate and later the Royal Military College of Canada. While flying a patrol in a Catalina PBY Birchall spotted a large Japanese invasion fleet heading to Ceylon. He managed to radio a warning before being attacked and subsequently shot down by 6 Japanese fighters from the carrier Hiryu. Birchall survived his downing, but was captured by the Japanese. During his captivity he became an ardent defender of his fellow prisoners and was regularly beaten for his efforts.


  • Karla Homolka, female serial rapist and serial killer who lived in St. Catharines committed her crimes along with her romantic partner at the time Paul Bernardo. Their first murder victim was Tammy Homolka (died in 1990) who was the younger sister of Karla. Their second murder victim was Leslie Mahaffy (died in 1991) and third and final murder victim was Kristen French (died in 1992). The crimes committed by Karla and Paul received a lot of media coverage in Canada and foreign media such as the United States throughout the 1990s.