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Everybody who has visited us went to Niagara-on-the-Lake on a sightseeing tour and was excited.
The reason is not only the blessed location at the mouth of the Niagara River on Lake Ontario - it is mainly of the city itself. A smart administration which is obviously supported by the citizen and the local business introduced strict guide lines an bylaws which still improve the character if this town.
Many of the things which make many North American cities look so similar are not allowed. Historical buildings are protected and well maintained and not torn down with the excused that they pose a safety hazard or don't comply any longer to the demands of the public.
The historical court house
Niagara-on-the-Lake, earlier known as Newark, was the capital of former "Upper Canada", which is now Ontario.
Interesting stores attract shoppers
Beautiful parks on Lake Ontario
We had a temperature of 30 °C but nobody enjoyed the water. Why?
To stroll through the town is a pleasure. Not only the historical buildings, but also all the unique stores, boutiques, galleries etc. Niagara-on-the Lake attracts a different crowd than most of the other tourist centers. It is even difficult for us to go there without spending some money.
If you come between April and November check the actual performances of the "Shaw Festival Theatre". Visit their web site by searching the Internet. (We had originally a link installed in our German site but we where not informed about a change of address and we do not like to have dead links in our site. For that reason please search - their site is excellent!)
This ongoing "Shaw Festival" is one of the major attractions of Niagara-on-the-Lake.
We e came to this place with our German guests and tried local wine and purchased also
It is a problem to find parking
Beautiful sight to the USA
Walk through the historical downtown and through the parks. Our visitors always found some souvenirs or gifts to take home.
Make a short trip to Fort George, and see some military demonstrations if you are lucky. Don't forget wine tasting in one of the local wineries and check the schedule of the Shaw theater.
Performances are between April and October.
One of the many good restaurants
There are numerous good restaurants and normally they are all busy. Also a great variety of accommodations is available. All of them are higher class. Just check at the tourist office or the advertising. If it is too pricey -check in the surrounding villages or towns.
Niagara-on-the-Lake is often called the loveliest town in Ontario and I must agree - at least for the Niagara Region.
For North America it has a long and interesting history. Just check the official web site of the town or collect information for your visit.
Don't miss to visit "Fort George" which is located near by.
As I already said, everybody from Europe loved this town and its flair. One friend purchased antiques which he took back to Germany. Also the galleries were of interest. They also had little funny encounters which made European guests laugh. One example: in an ice cream parlor everybody ordered a variety of different flavors and the sales staff became confused. Obviously this is not common in Canada - no "gelato misto" or "gemischtes Eis".
If you want to spoil yourself hire a horse drawn coach and relax while touring beautiful Niagara-on-the-Lake. You hardly can relax when driving your car in this town.
For adventurous types we recommend a tour on the Niagara River with a jet boat.
These "Jetboats" start not only in Niagara-on-the-Lake
Ask for ongoing events and please drive the Niagara Parkway along the river. Browse through our special web site to get an idea what to expect.
On your way you will see Fort George. Again - please stop there.
The original fort was built between 1796 and 1799. It was the headquarter of General Brock.
In 1813 during the war against America it was conquered by the American troops, but was taken back later by the British. As a result of all the fighting it was so seriously damaged - except the powder magazine. It was abounded in 1815.
The fort which you see today was reconstructed in the years 1837 to 1940.
In high season you can see military demonstrations at the fort or even watch a battle between the Americans and the British defenders. Luckily this time all the participants have lots of fun and nobody is killed.
This picture was taken in March when no activities take place and the fort is still closed - what a shame!
The canon was made in England
Niagara on the Lake is also attractive during winter - Christmas lights
Please visit also Virgil which becomes more attractive every year, Stop at one of the wineries.
Preserve memories of loved ones - for Lizzie and her mom with love
Save our wetlands and support the activists!
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