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Lighter side of Niagara!

Added: Jan 24, 2016
Category: Stuff Eric & Janet Recommend

Lighter side of Niagara on the Lake, Ontario

After arriving in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, take time to orient yourself and discover that the town is situated for walking and biking. The east side of Niagara on the Lake, offers many bicycling and foot trails leading form town center to the outskirts where you may see what others often miss. Find the Upper Canada Heritage Trail head near the Pillar and Post Inn, and walk for about 30 minutes till you find yourself behind the Two Sisters Vineyard and Peller Estates winery. Looking from here, you should be able to see the mist of Niagara Falls as it raises over the Escarpment. I find early morning is best. You may even meet locals on a stroll, cycling or horseback riding.

If you are looking for a trail near the waterfront, make your way down the end of King Street to the mouth of the Niagara River where it empties in to Lake Ontario. Here you will find the famous Movie Gazebo in Queens Royal Park. After enjoying the view of Fort Niagara in New York State, head down Delatre Street, and turn left onto the foot path towards the water to Riverbeach Drive. There you can enjoy time along the river at two parks and also see the Jet Boats come in and out the docks beside the Niagara-on-the-Lake Marina.

If your dog is with you, make sure he/she visits the park lands known as the Commons, located south of Fort George, between the Niagara River Parkway and Johns Street. .   You both can run freely with local and other vacationing dogs. Walk from the heart of town, south on King Street, then turn left into Veterans Lane and walk to the back into the park areas. The town pool is also located there. Make sure to take advantage of the pool if you are visiting during summer months. The Commons offers open areas and wooded trails for you both. Don’t forget the poop bags. The Commons is owned and operated by Parks Canada and served as training grounds for Canada Troops back in the early to mid-1900. Boy Scout Gatherings, Historical Re-enactment, large outdoor concerts and sporting events are sometimes held here at this location.

If it is bicycling you want, cycle to the paved paths at the Commons or near Fort George and head towards Niagara Falls to ride between the Niagara River Parkway and the Niagara River. Stop for a picnic at one of the facilities managed by the Niagara Parks Commission or enjoy edibles from one of the local shops along the way. If you forgot your bike, rent one at one of the local bike rental shops. If you are a diehard cyclist, you can even take a ride all the way up to the Canadian side falls at Niagara Falls and return in less than a day. Just remember you will pass the Butterfly Gardens, the trail head of several trails that lead to the water in the Niagara Gorge, Golf Courses, the Whirlpool Aero Car, and many different Wineries and produce stands. If you decide to shorten your bicycle trip, you can visit the village of Queenston Heights. Stop on top of the escarpment where you can visit Brock’s Memorial and learn about the war between Canada and United States in the 1800s. This is also a great area to look across Lake Ontario and see Toronto on a clear day. Visit the restaurant here if you can, but you will need to call ahead.

A visit to Niagara on the Lake can offer singles, couples and families the chance to enjoy the shops and charm of a small historical town. Make sure you take time to enjoy the free to low cost adventures offered just outside the town limits. Walking and biking are some of the best adventures that many take for granted. Get out and find the adventure and leave the car parked.

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