Away from the tourist traps
Niagara-on-the-Lake Travel Blog› entry 6 of 10 › view all entries
We escaped from the touristy stuff at the falls and drove down the lovely Niagara Parkway to Niagara-on-the-Lake (NOTL). It is situated on Lake Ontario, and the GPS put us right on the lakefront at Queen's Royal Park. It's a very small park, with a gazebo and a few picnic tables, but you can see across the mouth of the river to Old Fort Niagara. It was a clear day, so we could see a few skyscrapers of Toronto across the lake!
After the park, we went "downtown" NOTL. The main street has lots of little shops and restaurants. It is very quaint! The town has been in existance since colonial times. During the war of 1812, the town was pretty much leveled by American forces, but they were very intentional in rebuilding efforts.
We shopped a little and decided where to eat dinner. We freshened up back at the inn and came back to eat at The Buttery in NOTL. THe Buttery is an English pub, decorated all in chintz and Windsor chairs. The food was good, Scott had a meat pie and I hada savory crepe with chicken and white wine sauce. We tried a local wine, and it was fair for a table wine, as long as you are not looking for something to pair specifically with your meal. In the tourist season, The Buttery has a mideaval dinner theatre featuring King Henry and the Merry Wives of Windsor. Looked interesting....too bad we missed it!
Before dinner, we drove around the wine country of Niagara, We didn't do a tour, but we did stop at Pillitteri Estates. Wonder if they are related to Mr. P. here??? We took a picture to show Chris and Mr. P....
We also stopped at the Welland Canal Lock 3 to look at the locks and learn a little about the Welland Canals. Apparently the canal is one of the oldest in North America. They used to pull ships through with teams of donkeys! Obviously the technology has improved, but it takes a ship a whole day to go through all the locks!