Blogs from Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario, Canada, North America


North America » Canada » Ontario » Niagara-On-The-Lake June 23rd 2018

Had a wine tasting tour in Niagara on the Lake booked today, including a visit to a lavender farm and a ginseng tea shop. Weather forecast was awful, so set off with rain jackets and umbrellas to the pick up point (which was the hotel next door). Ended up with a group of eight, in a small bus, a mother & daughter from Michigan, two couples from Orlando, Florida and us! First stop was Neob Lavender (were a little concerned when the guide/driver said we were going to a lavender shop, but there was more to it). They have a lavender field, a greenhouse where they grow different sorts of lavender and other essential oil producing plants and a distillery for the essential oils. Had a tour of all of this, very interesting, then into the ... read more
Neob Lavender greenhouse
Ginseng Tea Shop
Lakeview winery

North America » Canada » Ontario » Niagara-On-The-Lake March 27th 2016

I decided hike the Bruce Trail this year. To hike the entire trail (800KM) would take 30 days straight. I can't take that much time off at the same time so I will hike the trail each weekend until I get the number down to hike the last few hundred KM straight. So early morning I drove down to Niagara on the Lake to the Queenston Heights Park with the Brock memorial overlooking. After touching the plaque signifying the start of the trail I went to the other side of the park and started hiking. The first few KM is easy hiking through the park. After that you reach the top of the escarpment and have to descend down. It was muddy and slippery and the incline is quite steep. If you stay on the trail ... read more

North America » Canada » Ontario » Niagara-On-The-Lake February 17th 2014

I have written this many times before and will probably write it many more times going forward. We love our central location in Stamford, CT. Flights are easy to most places and there are a lot of really cool things that's pretty drivable. This weekend was no exception. I have blogged before about our first encounter with ICEWINE in the NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE region of Canada and how we were fascinated by it ( Well that fascination has continued ever since and we are "ice-wine believers". The couple times when we were there before everyone just kept talking about the NIAGARA ICEWINE FESTIVAL in the dead middle of winter - early to mid-January. You got to be crazy to go to Niagara that time of year right? Well - the icewine festival pull and mystique was too much ... read more
NY Driving
NY State
Anchor Bar

North America » Canada » Ontario » Niagara-On-The-Lake July 11th 2013

This highly recommended town at the mouth of the Niagara River on Lake Ontario deserves its lovely reputation. Within an easy (less than 30 minute) drive from Niagara Falls, this Victorian village of upscale boutiques, great restaurants, historic touches, and incredible streetscape plantings make it a visual and culinary delight for all ages. History buffs can bone up on their War of 1912. Oenophiles can sip away at the many nearby vineyards. Theatre buffs will love the GBS Festival. Thrill-seekers can get real wet on a jet boat ride into the rapids of the Niagara River. The concierge at the Radisson in Niagara Falls recommended Corks for lunch while we were visiting Niagara on the Lake. I was perfect for the family; pubby clubby atmosphere, tasty food, great service. There is a pretty, enclosed patio; but ... read more
Centrally Located Corks For Lunch
Viv With the NY Regimentals
Beth at Sweet Shop

North America » Canada » Ontario » Niagara-On-The-Lake May 18th 2012

The integrity of my blog has been questioned! Fortunately a neutral third party review found in my favour. And from the talk this weekend, no one wants to be featured in the blog! Guess I shouldn’t be surprised. But to suggest that I exaggerate? Or lie? Come on! You know me better than that. Complete honesty. I’m actually editing the real crazy stuff out! Why do weird things always happen to me as soon as I start travelling? Tbag to Niagara. Air Canada. World’s smoothest check in! On the plane, waiting to go. Everyone is on, waiting. Then a family of seven gets on. Of course they are all dragging suitcases. Two little kids get on first and start heading down the aisle. Then the dad gets on. He has a big beard, so already one ... read more
Gorilla Cheese
Gourmet Bitches

North America » Canada » Ontario » Niagara-On-The-Lake July 11th 2011

There is a certain romance to the road trip. Family members packed into a van travelling through small towns and countryside where you may never travel to again. Mixed in with the mandatory food and bathroom breaks there is a quality to a road trip that is difficult to define. Currently Jo and I are travelling through Ontario with a final destination of Ottawa with her family and all of their significant others. It’s not like you have a choice of your travel companions when travelling with family but the road trip was almost made for people closest to you. The people that you can road trip with are ones that you can stay in close proximity with (usually in a minivan) for a long period of time. I think I have been so used to ... read more
Jo and Penny

North America » Canada » Ontario » Niagara-On-The-Lake March 24th 2011

On our Ontario tour we stopped to spend a little time in Niagara on the Lake. It is a very picturesque and scenic town.... read more

North America » Canada » Ontario » Niagara-On-The-Lake August 2nd 2010

Hello again! Just got back from another great weekend! Biking, wine-touring/tasting, great food and fantastic friends! The weather was amazing just to top it all off! Enjoy the pics. Oh and take note of Tommy's new colour.... read more
Come Dine with Us!
Cute Couple!
The Gang at the Gorge

North America » Canada » Ontario » Niagara-On-The-Lake August 1st 2010

Getting married likely deserves an entry of it's own. After all, the journey of a life together, is likely the most epic trip, barring child rearing, that one takes in life. However, for the purposes of brevity and in holding true to the central character of travel this entry will focus mainly on the events that took place following the festivities. Once the quilts were folded up and put into storage, and the bicycles stuffed hastily into our shed, after the hangovers had faded, and the dancing shoes peeled off our sore and sweaty feet. Once the presents had been opened and the cake eaten, we began a journey East that would take us to Toronto, Montreal, Quebec city, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and New York City. The itinerary was ambitious and ... read more
A little traditional dancing
The ladies
The Gentlemen

North America » Canada » Ontario » Niagara-On-The-Lake July 3rd 2010

Next stop is Niagara-on-the-Lakes, by way of Toronto. I mentioned the G8 and G20 Summits being conducted in Toronto at this time. Well, apparently as we were driving the bypass, there were some major riots going on in downtown Toronto. Once again we are very fortunate to take the road less travelled and stay on the peaceful side of the streets. All roads are not without some challenges. As we drove towards Niagara, we had cars passing us, honking, and yelling that our wheel looked loose. We pulled over, and saw that the rim was bent; the tire tube developed a bubble, and the illusion of a wobble. We pull over to a funeral home, and they generously offer the use of their garage to change the tire. In less than an hour we are off ... read more
Walas Funeral Home
Warning signs for the Toronto G8 and G20 Summits
Country Willows B&B

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