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My comments to the present status of the Niagara Region and recommendations for all of Ontario

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Preface:

The Niagara Regions has obviously gained the reputation to be a depressed area.
Tourism alone cannot bring the required change.
Please do not feel insulted about my open words. I am an almost 79 years old retired German engineer. I do not have any intentions to become a politician, a lawyer or a criminal. So please do not be afraid! My expire date is coming up and if I want to achieve my task to do something especially for Ontario I cannot waste more time with embellishment.
I admit that every political party has "good" and "bad" people. It is about time that the parties start doing something to get our province and especially the Niagara Region back into a good shape. This must be the highest priority not to gain in votes during elections based on ridiculous promises. Good and honest leadership is overdue!
In this web site I am talking specific only about Ontario. To serve our province and it's people should be the highest priority. To do that qualified politicians are needed who can archive that. When you work in the industry knowledge, skills and good work ethics are mandatory requirements. This should also be mandatory in politics without an excessive use of high paid consultants, ghost writers etc.
Speeches tailored to what the people want to hear and making false promises to potential voters are not a proof of qualification and good leadership. Once I made suggestions to one of our political multi talents and was told that he knows all that. When I asked hi "Why do you not do it then?" I did not get any response.
I am now a Canadian citizen and I always tried to offer all my experience as a volunteer to promote my new home country.
I came with a German company to Ontario and felt very fast in love with this country and most of the people I met or worked with.

Whenever I worked as an engineer teamwork was essential and mandatory to achieve the given tasks. To be efficient it is essential to have motivated people who are not afraid to say what they thinks. It was also mandatory to be innovative. As a director of engineering I did not follow the advise of a Canadian who told me hat I should not to speak to the people on the shop floor. My answer was that I am old enough to whom I want to talk and to whom not. We all became a team and we got important feed back from everybody. Very good ones from the shop floor!

I am not a person who wants to watch all day long TV or has the money for expensive traveling. (Better poor and happy than rich and unhappy)
Before retirement Elizabeth my Canadian born wife and I established our own small company. I did all the required web design by my own.

Comments related to attract industry to the Niagara Region:

Certainly you have read all the wonderful sounding statements about the Niagara Region - some of them related to new industry which established subsidiaries here.
I am also excited about that.
On the other hand you can find at least as many "success stories" about the fight against the so called "Green Industry". The political support to all the complainers by one party in order to get more votes and does not consider the devastating effects on job creation in this new field. Who will invest when the future is so uncertain?
So want do we want to create and secure well paid production jobs? Blablabla is not attracting any investor. We need those jobs now.
Please us the provided links to my suggestions why we need the "Green Industry". I am not denying the mistakes which had been made in the past. We should start to learn from other countries that could help to avoid some of them in the future.
We should also listen to the complainers and give them honest answers how most of their arguments have already been considered to make the "Green Industry" as save as possible. However, they should also be honest and recognize that everything what you do or what surrounds you can cause a hazard. Only when you are dead you are released of being afraid of everything.

Comments related to improve tourism to the Niagara Region:

We saw also a huge market in the tourist sector and started - just to get some feed back - with an English Internet tourist guide for Bavaria and a German one for Ontario.
The response was very promising - even not German speaking visitors of our Ontario site called us to ask questions. They recommended creating an English variant. I believed for a long time that it should be an easy task for qualified Canadians to present their beautiful province in such a way that people want to come. The e-mail requests and phone calls continued asking for an English version.
We tried to go in a partnership with a government funded tourist organizations to promote Ontario to the large German speaking market but they were not interested. We made the same experience in Germany.
The only positive exception was the province of Newfoundland-Labrador. They provided advice, pictures and invited us even to a great dinner.
Only with a few regions and communities of Ontario teamwork was possible in the tourist business.
Empires had been built on taxpayers expenses and no control measures are in place to see the return of the spent money by the outcome. Outsiders are not welcome! Especially not when they ask for changes!
So I gave it up to waste my time with all these self acclaimed experts. When I made suggestions I was told "We know all that" but again - I did not get an answer to my question "Why did you not do that then?".
Remember: "Pride goes before a fall!"
People who are not aware of what they do not know think they are superior to all others and do not see any need for learning or to listen! Most of them never created anything good from scratch. An engineer must do that on a continuous basis.
Another point which caught my attention is that when somebody (not me) criticized certain decisions made by a town council or a certain group he got told to leave the town if he did not like what was proposed. Certainly this response was made because the person was angry and could write faster than think. I also cannot understand that any decent newspaper prints such statements but is suppressing very often other comments which may hurt one of their advertisers. Either we have freedom of speech or not.
The best would be that the press leaves all that up to the so called social media and informs us about news and upcoming events but not when they are already gone.
Everybody should keep his temper under control - including me! I know how difficult that can be and I failed several times!
I never would leave my hometown because of such a stupid remark. We have many good and smart people everywhere and using bullying is not the way how we should communicate with each other.
When I created my English Internet travel guide for Thuringia, Germany I received support from the health spas or the majors of the communities in which they were located in form of free passes to use them.
I asked majors and organizations in the Niagara Region for a similar support in order to show impressions of yearly events.
Cities like Port Colborne or Fort Erie did not even respond! Welland insulted me.
So far this kind of help for an event was only granted by the organizers of the "Marshville Heritage Festival". Naturally I prepared not only a web site in German and English but also added a video as a thank you. See the link below:

The Niagara Region, Ontario, Impressionen, impressions


The Marshville Heritage Festival, Ontario, Niagara Region


2. Situation of our manufacturing industry:

The well paid jobs which we lost by companies moving back to the USA, or to Mexico or other countries will not come back. This is also a proof that Canada's industry cannot survive as an extended work bench of international cooperation. We have to become qualified to do many things here under a good Canadian management.
The "Green Industry" can be an essential part of this task. The high transportation costs of the heavy components should help us to create good jobs in our area. Many new technologies are required to do this. They must be developed or transferred to our country. This can be a good and challenging chance for well educated young people.
To invest money to produce still more expensive electrical power in our country to create jobs makes much more sense to me than fighting wars all over the globe to ensure a safe supply of oil for a limited time.
However, it is important not to repeat mistakes already done world wide. We need high qualified people to deal with potential investors. Proper building laws and certification procedures must be in place.
Based on my experience with the Canadian aerospace industry DOT (Department of Transportation) could be one of the most qualified organizations to take care of all the required safety features which have very much in common with helicopters.
So far I do not believe that battery powered cars will replace very fast cars with combustion engines. I see much better chances and more befits by introduction of vehicles using natural gas.
The production of hydrogen is certainly an other promising way to store excessive produced electric power. One of the pioneers for fuel cells which use hydrogen to convert this gas into electrical power is a Canadian company.
A chemical process also allows to produce methane using carbon dioxide and hydrogen. This artificial methane can be added to the natural gas. This fuel can used in modified combustion engines. There are many challenges and possibilities to participate in international such research programs to secure our living standard in the future!
Naturally, the green power shall be produced close to where it is needed. This applies also for the related manufacturing industry. Transportation of the huge and heavy components is costly.
The Niagara Region and its surroundings are a good location for wind parks.
Experience from other countries must be used to avoid mistakes and adequate building codes must be in place.
All the people who are fighting this technology will not create well paid jobs and will not ensure future wealth and allow us to pay off all the debts which we made in the past.
In addition many of the people who fight wind power are also polluters of Lake Erie by using outdated septic systems and fighting against proper sewage treatments. If they talk about health hazards they should also look into their backyards. Do you remember how many "experts" were arguing against the first steam powered trains? I must certainly not go into details of the well known novel about Don Quixote written by Miguel de Cervantes.
All politicians should be aware of the need of "Green Energy" but they should argue about the best and most efficient way to attract the industry and built up the mandatory infrastructure. I propose to give grants only to companies who bring a proof of being willing to accept step by step a certain Canadian content in manufacturing.
Please use above links for more information!

3. Situation of our tourist industry:

Please visit the official web site Tourism Niagara - Official Web Site to measure and compare it with my recommendations! Thank you!

3.1 General

I am still convinced that unqualified people wasted too much of tax payers money already and that they cannot deliver any proof that most of the investments will be amortized in a reasonable time or at all.
To built "state-of-the-art" tourist information centers will not bring more tourists to the Niagara Region. Who will come just to visit a tourist center? There are better ways to attract them and we already have nice tourist information offices.
We already have so many good things here and sometimes not very much is needed to improve them or make them better known.
Important is also to extend the tourist season by making everything what we have more attractive.
Obviously there is a severe lack in coordination and teamwork. I see too many duplications of printed and online information.
To change this will lower the expenses for advertising. I consider the Niagara Region more or less as one unity which should have one administration using only people with a good track record to promote it to the world.
There is also no need that all the towns compete against each other by building similar facilities. However, this does not mean that our infrastructure shall not be improved everywhere when required.

3.2 My proposal how to improve tourism to the Niagara Region and all of Ontario:

Luckily at least Ontario is now promoting tourism in various languages. However, they missed badly to consider the knowledge of potential visitors about our province as well as to meet their expectations in the official web site.
Do we not have any statistical data available to target our presentations? Europeans have often a different taste to Americans or Oriental visitors. You must consider that!
Just one example: "Do you know all the cantons of Switzerland, their location and which major towns you will find in them?":.
Having lived most of my life in Germany I tailored my Internet presence to the large group of German speaking travelers.

I will continue to approach the tourist business directly. But I cannot spend any longer our own money to promote events. I will ask again only for free access. I have an international press card because of my extensive work to promote tourism!
It is important to know the different expectations of potential visitors. It is mandatory to use this knowledge when trying to attract them either to Canada or Europe. My main task is still to attract German speaking tourists to Canada.
I do not want to miss to thank the government from Newfoundland-Labrador who helped me with good advise and even a free dinner in St. John's.

Task
How to do it
Benefit
Better Internet presentation
Web site must not contain not mandatory and useless text

Maps including Google Maps shall be used

Larger eye catching pictures must be used


Videos and slides hows must be used with little text or talking. Don't use scary music. Teenagers are not the target group!





Simple navigation. Especially elderly user of the Internet can easily be getting lost. They are interested in information and not in what a web master uses to impress them.

Make web site easy to print
My experience is that especially North Americans don't read everything.

Maps are essential. Not everybody knows the Niagara Region or Ontario

They are more convincing and trustful than big mouthed statements and clip art

YouTube is one of the best ways to do this. I have visitors from all over the world. People love to watch videos and slides hows. These presentations should be self explaining so that they can be understood by most visitors with little or no knowledge of the English language.

Elderly Internet users stay on the web site and enjoy it without feeling stupid!




Unfortunately I did not do that and now it is too late. I had several requests. It can save money by reducing sending out brochures.

Create an easy to use data base and allow advertising.

Avoid that people use search terms and nothing will be found. Use categories similar to what I did and avoid that you get lost in the navigation.

If properly made only a few clicks are needed to see the result. It is a great help for visitors and for advertisers.


Business has to be convinced to place advertising in this database as well as in the web site.

The links must not go to a street address but directly to an informative web site. We should not compete against the "Yellow Pages".

Reasonable pricing should help the business.

Wining and dining. Nobody comes to Ontario or the Niagara Region because we have restaurants. They are a necessity and everybody is aware that we have many of them.

Each descent restaurant should have a web site. None of them should rely only on the in the Internet posted reviews.


The web site must contain sound information which are essential to make customers to come. Important is a map which shows the location, pictures of the actual place (no clip art!), the menu with prices and pictures of the dish (in Japan many restaurants display real looking mock-ups made out of wax.) Lots of words and promises without any real content would never attract me.




As already stated it should become a general business practice to post the full menu outside of the place.

A low cost web site and using the proposed web presentation in addition for advertising will help to gain new customers if what they offer meets the expectations of customers.

I had to use the hard way to find places which I like. None of them has a fancy interior. But the food was reasonable priced and very often much better than in high priced places. Also the service and the atmosphere is very important to me. I learned that many places gained local customers just through the word of mouth. The web site helped as well as published positive reviews to attract people from everywhere. Please be aware the best web site cannot make the food tasting better or accepting ridiculous prices.

This will attract guests who are not willing to take a chance and can reduces frustration on both sides.

Attractions

Nature is one attraction which can be enjoyed all year long. For example - many people love the falls in winter. Large pictures in the web site or a video or slideshow should show impressions of this season.

To improve tourism it is essential to make many other attractions accessible for a longer time. This can certainly not be done in one step, but it is mandatory.

The following are some examples which we learned by having visitors from Germany: Forts were not open in April. During summer they expected to find close or inside of Fort Erie a restaurant which has the past history as theme including live entertainment. They only found bingo halls and strip joints. During an event at Old Fort Erie I was told by the owner of the previous fast food place there to go to McDonald's after I became hungry seeing and smelling the mouth watering food of all the actors. He closed his place exactly at dinner time.

Will help to attract nature lovers and bring additional business.

Events: Events always attract visitors. I got this confirmed also by creating our German Internet travel guides.

Events should not only be listed. It is important to present past events as an important reference to show people what to expect. Year ago I wanted to visit a wine fest. I left after I had opened the door and saw too late how it was done.

Not only events which interest a younger crowd shall be shown. I saw a serious lack of local visitors when our native people presented their culture in powwows, drum nights etc. Cultural events must also be shown in an appealing way.

This will help to draw new visitors to these events which were unknown to them. I did this in my Internet travel guides but had to stop to spend my own money for the fees charged to make free advertising.

The Marshville Heritage Festival, a Powwow in Fort Erie, events at Old Fort Erie, a Dinner theater in Newfoundland are only a few examples for events which I consider that they are tailored for families or people interested in culture. I included those in my travel guides.


See our web site

Allows also elderly users of the Internet to navigate easily through the large site

Simple and error free html coding and ensuring that web site loads fast and will be found

Just use English key words in google.ca or German ones in google.de for a proof

Most of our web sites, slide shows or videos show up on the first page of Google or YouTube

We offer web design services for a moderate price in the languages German and English.

Keeping our overhead and operating costs low.

They will find your business in a properly designed and attractive travel guide. This is similar as advertising in a glossy travel magazine but for little costs and exposure to much more readers.

3.3 Some very harsh critic on the presentation of the Niagara Region and the tourist business:

Unfortunately all the high paid experts miss to give any free advise to the tourism business what to do to get more visitors in our area. They are good in finding excuses for the not too good performance and they are also great in blaming others for that.
Years ago I read some marketing studies prepared for the performance of Ontario with respect to tourism from Germany. It had been prepared by so called "experts". The blamed the poor economy in Germany for a decline of visitors from this country but stated that Australia and New Zealand had a nice increase from German travelers.
Very often I had given free advise already in my travel guide. But when you do not read it, you will never learn!
Unfortunately, I see now a new trend in web sites which should especially promote our Niagara Region. These experts use stupid lies such as:
• Welland - "The Green capital of Canada"

• Welland - "The Flatwater Capital of Canada"

• The Niagara Region - "The Cultural Capital of Canada"

• Niagara-on-the-Lake - "may be the most beautiful small city in Canada"

3.3.1 My comments:

These statements are a proof that the inventors of these slogans have absolute no knowledge of our county and are getting paid and eventually awarded for that.
• Welland has luckily got some small companies which assemble or manufacture components which are considered as a part of the Green Industry. It is also a good move to replace existing street lights by energy saving LED-lights. But all the polemic against "green technology" which is supported by the opposition and the poor reputation which it gained by over spending by the minority government does not promise a sound future. This despite the fact that we need green technology badly. I hope that the manufacturer of rotor blades for wind turbines will not become an other victim of provincial politics.

• Three installed outhouses are not enough to claim the title of a "The Flatwater Capital of Canada". St, Catharines has much more already in place and I doubt that any major investments will ever be amortized. Learn from Greece and Spain what not to do! We should work together in our small Niagara Region and not duplicate things which are already in place and are well known.

• All these statements are a sound proof that the creators do not know anything about our country or that they lie purposely. Have they ever traveled beyond the borders of our region? Have they never visited cities like Toronto, Montreal, Quebec City, St. John's? Or do they thinks the readers are all insane? I believe many people will not believe anything anymore what they say or write - even not the truth!

• Don't make false statements as shown above! Nobody believes you and when people do not trust you they may not come.

• Support of restaurants and similar places who praised some of these crazy ideas and had to close a few weeks later are a proof for my concerns.

• I prepared free web sites for many places which attract people. Examples are: Byng Island in Dunnvile, and Happy Rolph's in St. Catharines. I receive all the time phone calls from people who want to book something. (I stated clearly: "web site prepared by international trading company") I also put contact information in my site but obviously nobody is answering. That is a very poor business practice.

• Spend money to attract visitors wisely and consider all aspects, especially an aging population. Always have the benefits of the community, the region and the local people in mind! Don't listen to "managers" of associations who have a track record of having already run down businesses.

• We have so many things already in place which are good. Lets use them and do mandatory improvements if possible. Much can be done without spending and arm and a leg to improve tourism. This should be done by teamwork of the interested business. If grants are available let us use those for this purpose and not to pay consultants or people who see a chance to make big bucks in a high position. We can learn from those who failed and from those who are successful. Being almost 78 years old I am still not ashamed to learn. Certainly many other seniors are willing to volunteer to do something for the Niagara Region. Who has built up this country?

3.4 The expectations of German speaking visitors from Europe visiting Canada what I did not to disappoint them:

These expectations are very often different to those from people from the USA. Canada is still not too well known to many travelers.
Watching North American TV shows and news will not give them the right picture but it can help to attract people and catch their attention.
Even being now a real Canadian I still know what they want to experience in our country. I am also aware what kind of basic information are mandatory. None of the "official" web sites meets these simple requirements.
Because of my German Internet travel guide for Ontario I received requests from many countries to provide an English variant. I started with that and will proceed as money allows.

My concept
How I did it
Benefit to visitors

Provide essential information

Using many maps

Essential basic information
I use the old tourist regions from Ontario which show towns (The maps of the new tourist regions are useless!)

Important information about traffic laws, what to and what not to do etc.

Special web site

Laws are different in Europe
Avoids cultural shock and frustration

Following the old tourist regions in my Internet travel guide

See my web site. (The new tourist regions have been created without having proper maps!)

Visitors should miss as little as possible when traveling

Include as searchable data base in the German language

Different categories allow an easy overview and search

Contains many essential information including those of business which advertises with us.

Include slides hows and videos

I am using YouTube with little text. I had to purchase a new camera and other equipment to improve these presentations in the future,

These presentations are very much self explaining and can be understood by most visitors

Honest presentation of interesting places

Using many large images as a proof

Visitors trust my presentation

Simple navigation

See our web site

Allows also elderly users of the Internet to navigate easily through the large site

Simple and error free html coding and ensuring that web site loads fast and will be found

Just use English key words in google.ca or German ones in google.de for a proof

Most of our web sites, slide shows or videos show up on the first page of Google or YouTube

We offer web design services for a moderate price in the languages German and English.

Keeping our overhead and operating costs low.

They will find your business in a properly designed and attractive travel guide. This is similar as advertising in a glossy travel magazine but for little costs and exposure to much more readers.

Please be aware that we can only keep our travel guide up to date when we have the money to travel. We already have spent much of our own money and many hours of work to create what you will find in our web sites.

Advertise in our Internet travel guide


3.5 What Ontario could do to make vacations for visitors from overseas more attractive:

The following are only a few examples of what I recommend:
• improve the maps of the new tourist regions. I will change my travel guide after they are useful. A map which shows all the regions mandatory and the maps of the various tourist regions must be at least as food ad those which I am still using.
• clean up the cities. Charge fines for littering, ask business to clean up their store fronts and parking lots. Learn from Newfoundland. They also have contests and award towns when they are pretty.
• again make it a law that restaurants must post their menus with prices on the outside that people are not afraid to go in.
• convince restaurant owners to improve the cooking skills of their chefs and to offer a wider variety of dishes. The amount of food can be reduces but the quality must be improved. A pork chop which is so though that your hand hurts when you cut it is not a good reputations. Unfortunately, many places which I liked went out of business because the owners retired.
• make better use of the historic places which attract visitors from Europe. Have a restaurants attached - many in the style of the past. I could not believe how poorly certain events of general interest are promoted, such as the "Siege of Forte Erie". After seeing all the volunteers preparing their meals and going together I became hungry, but the so called "restaurant" closed for dinner and I was recommended to do go to McDonald's. I am still not sure wether the new reception building there is really an improvement.
• allow visitors to get the charged HST easily back. Include eventually the HST on fuel. Many European countries sold coupons for cheaper gas to attract visitors about 30 years ago.
• promote nature and wilderness, involve the native people and their culture, involve the French after they find back to their roots. A baguette which you can wrap around your arm is disgusting!
• concentrate on target groups and their expectations. You should have the statistics and can act accordingly. I think this will be older people who will definitely stay longer.
• have essential information also available in other languages than English and French. When I was told that all visitors from Germany speak English I was amazed about so much stupidity. How can you expect that they go fishing if they can nor read and understand the regulations?

4. How we work:

We do not charge anything for preparing and updating our Internet tourist guides for Ontario and Newfoundland-Labrador.
However we will charge for advertising and promotions.
It is our responsibility to present Ontario in such a way that people from the German speaking countries in Europe are aware what to see and what to do. We also want to prevent disappointing experiences. In order to do that I us my knowledge of the differences in culture and customs as well as their expectations.
Europeans are different to Americans - at least in many things.
German is the mother tongue of most people in Western Europe and many people learn it as a second language. To ignore this market and to make false statements such as "Everybody in Germany speaks English" demonstrate that those people know absolute nothing.
It is a fact that people who come from overseas will stay longer and spend also more money. It is a necessity that they need transportation, food and accommodation. They also want to go shopping for things which they do not get at home or for more money.
But nobody will book such along trip because we have hotels, restaurants and souvenir shops. Ontario is not a first class paradise for people born to shop!
One of our main tasks is also to make sure that our web sites can be handled by elderly people. They are a major group of visitors and they want to learn about the country and not fight with all the bells and whistles which you can use for web design. We are will help to get the urgently needed visitors to our province. For that reason our different approach.
A web site which can not be found is also useless. We always check our work and do improvements to make sure that this is being achieved when you use proper key words.
We also believe that it is mandatory to inform potential customers always in their mother tongue. We do not like to mix English and German web sites in our travel guides, We try to stick to one language.
As already said - we want to attract different people from Europe to Ontario by showing them as much as possible about our beautiful province.
We do this without getting affected by any business interests, but we gladly listen to advice if we forgot something or if we made a mistake.
Last not least: not the hits that a web site gets is important, important is how many customers you get through it. We include everything which we learned with our own business in our web sites.
A special feature which we included for the convenience of our visitors is a searchable data base. It is easy to handle and I will keep it always up to date.
We will not spread lies. If something what a customer wants is obviously not true - we will reject the job.
We deleted our guest book, because it was too much work to delete daily all the spam.
Please use the above link about our web design business to get more information and to see some of my work.

5. What we need:

Naturally we need money to continue with our work by improving the existing travel guides and to be able to include the very important northern part of Ontario which we could not visit so far.
The needed money should come from advertising in the German and English language travel guides in the respective languages and from designing web sites, which we do gladly in German as well as in English.
This is a big money saving for our customers even when the text is slightly different, because a strict translation of the text is in most cases not a good solution.
We also need free access to attractions or events and the permission to take pictures. We achieved this already in many places in Thuringia, Germany.

However, very important is also that you use the related links in our web site and respond to us. Please note:
• I cannot hear any longer, but I want to listen
• others can hear very well, but they do not want to listen
so please contact me by e-mail or snail mail. Thanks!

Welland, Ontario, Slide Show


Dain City, Welland, impressions, slide show


Niagara Parkway, Kanada, Canada Tourismus, tourism


Impressionen einer Tour entlang dem Welland Canal. Impressions of a tour along the Welland Canal.


Portfolio of a few English Web Sites
searchable database for Ontario
Visit the province of Ontario in Canada
Visit and explore Newfoundland-Labrador
Visit Thuringia in Germany
Beautiful housekeeping cottages close to Bruce Mines in Algoma Country
Christian Camp Kahquah of the BIC church
See the Christmas  drive through at the BIC church in Welland, Ontario
Happy Rolph's bird sanctuary and petting farm
Balls Falls, still a hidden treasure in the Niagara Region
Point Pelee, National Park
Rock Point Provincial Park on the shores of Lake Erie
Byng Island, conservation area, Dunnville, Grand River, outdoor pool, camping, fishing, boating
Selkirk Provincial Park on Lake Erie
Visit the Heritage Festival in Marshville, Wainfleet, Ontario
Canal days in Port Colborne, Don't miss this event!
dragon boat regatta, event
little adventurse at the Niagara River, Whirlpool aero car, hiking in the Niagara Glen Nature Reserve
follow us on a tour along the scenic Niagara Parkway
A sightseeing tour along the Grand River
a tour along the northern shore of Lake Erie
Lily's cuisine, Chinese and Canadian food, Welland, Ontario
Café Amalia, Welland, Italian coffee shop, gelato, sndwiches and much more
annual Rose Parade in Welland, Ontario
Meister's Sweets, German pastry and coffee shop in Crystal Beach
our sugar bush adventure
Susan's Villa, b & b, Niagara falls, Ontario, Canada, close to Falls, suites
Susan's retreat, efficiency units, apartment, suite, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
Military Museum in Brantford, Ontario, Canada, Tourism
Fort George, Niagara on the Lake
The siege of Fort Erie, don't miss this spectacular event
Old Fort Erie, tourism, travel guide
butterfly conservatory in Niagara Falls Canada
Powwow, Pow Wow, Fort Erie, Ontario, native people, event
Springerle cookie molds, our Swiss made molds are on sale to make room for our new collection
Ken Hamilton, the Springerle baker
ice fishing in Ontario
Huronia Museum and Huron Ouendat Village
Discovery Harbour in Penetanguishene
Sainte-Marie among the Hurons
Shopping tips
wine tasting at Pittilleri in Niagara-on-the-Lake
events, celebration in Ontario
Memorial Place Point Alpha, a hot spot during the Cold War
don't miss to participate in a guided tour through this cave in Thuringia
a beautiful spa in Masserberg, Thuringia
Keltenbad, Celtic bath, spa, Bad Salzungen
treetop path in the national park Hainich
Thüringentherme, Mühlhausen, Thuringia, spa, indoor, outdoor pools, sauna and more
A great spa,  Avenida Therne in Thuringia
spa in Suhl
Heinrichser Maifest a medieval event in Suhl
Father's day celebration in Thuringia
Medieval feast in Eisenach
vehicle museum in Suhl, Thuringia