Up until 4:30 yesterday afternoon my plan for today’s blog was to write about the Welland Canal, which connects Lake Erie to Lake Ontario. We spent most of yesterday wandering through the museum and visitor center at Lock 3 on the canal and watching the White Fish Bay traverse through the lock.

However after our time at the lock we drove into Niagara-on-the-Lake and I knew that I had to write about that beautiful city instead of another lock 🙂

Driving into the historic district.

The town looks and feels like a 19th century village and I would love to live there, or at the very least visit it in December with the snow falling and all the Christmas decorations out. I can picture carolers on the street and people doing their Christmas shopping or stopping on the corner for a little neighbourly conversation.

Niagara-on-the-Lake was the first capital of Upper Canada, now known as Ontario, from 1792 to 1796. During the War of 1812, the capitol was moved to York, which was later renamed Toronto, so that it would be farther from the areas of combat.

The town was destroyed in the War of 1812 but the townspeople rebuilt it mainly in British classical architecture. Starting in the 1950’s residents began restoring old structures and many of the buildings remain on their original lots, close to the street.

We enjoyed dinner at one of the many restaurants and then spent some time wandering the main street.


It just seems natural that there would be horse and buggies on the side of the street!

Most of the buildings are from the late 1800’s and have been beautifully restored and maintained.

And of course, since it’s Niagara-on-the-Lake, I had to take some lake pictures 🙂

Lake Ontario, even though it looks like an ocean!

Toronto in the distance.

Until next time …


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