Away from the tourist traps

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Along the Niagara Parkway

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.

at Queen's Royal Park on the lake front in NOTL
The town has managed to retain colonial architecture and flavor, even though there are no original buildings from that period. (at least i'm pretty sure...that's what I read anyway) The town is laid out in a neat grid system. Almost every other house is a bed and breakfast and they have a continual hourse-and-buggy service that gives tours of the town!

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!

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Along the Niagara Parkway
Along the Niagara Parkway
at Queens Royal Park on the lake …
at Queen's Royal Park on the lake…
Scott with Old Fort Niagara in the…
Scott with Old Fort Niagara in th…
Queens Royal Park
Queen's Royal Park
Hudson Taylor visisted Queens Roya…
Hudson Taylor visisted Queens Roy…
pretty houses in NOTL
pretty houses in NOTL
me at Queens Royal Park
me at Queen's Royal Park
City Hall in NOTL
City Hall in NOTL
I loved the ivy all over the build…
I loved the ivy all over the buil…
The Buttery, our dinner destinatio…
The Buttery, our dinner destinati…
We detoured to look at the Welland…
We detoured to look at the Wellan…
more of the Welland Canal, Lock 3
more of the Welland Canal, Lock 3
Scott just wanted to see a big boat
Scott just wanted to see a big boat
How far?
How far?
Pillitteri winery...hmmm...are the…
Pillitteri winery...hmmm...are th…
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photo by: Andy99