Friday, July 13, 2012

Road Trip - Day Three

As part of our planning for this trip, I saw that nearby was a very quaint and picturesque waterfront town called Niagara-On-The-Lake, the lake being one of the Great Lakes, Lake Ontario. This may well be one of the prettiest towns I've ever visited, if not the prettiest! It has a lovely historic district filled with lots of unique shops. But the best past for me was all the flowers! Everywhere you looked, the town was just dripping with flowers! The sidewalks were lined with large beds, the shops had potted flowers flanking their doors, buildings had window boxes full and porches sported hanging baskets. It was a version of heaven, for sure!

This is how it looked, everywhere!

What an appropriate name for this hotel as a spot to pose my Welsh Corgis!

This town was SO classy, even the dog water/treats were served on a Silver Platter! Really!

Some of the sidewalks looked like this........Hmmmm, what could a maple leaf stand for?

Both liquor stores I saw, here in Niagara-On-The-Lake, and in Niagara Falls, had this cute sign in their windows ......

There's that maple leaf again!

It was a very warm day (but still much nicer than home temps!), so after finishing up on the main street, we headed to a park right on the lake. There was a small beach area where the boys were able to cool off. They promptly found a stick and did a few rounds of fetch. I think you've all seem enough "swimming with a stick" pictures to last you a lifetime so I'll spare you those :-)

Here are a few posed shots after the swim.The lake is a gorgeous blue! That's Fort Niagara on the American side in the background (or so I was told).

Enjoying the shade and watching the seagulls.

We took the QEW (Queen Elizabeth Way) highway to get here, and took the Niagara Parkway on the ride back. It winds though endless wineries and along the banks of the Niagara River. Here's another example of the beautiful water....

The wires are for a tram ride, but it wasn't running at the time.

We headed back to the room. The dogs were exhausted, we needed showers and a break before heading out to see 4th of July fireworks.

Here's the end of the evening, the American Falls as dusk was falling around 10PM.

This last picture made me smile. Look at the sign of our times....So many people holding up their smart phones to record the fireworks.....

I see little white phone orbs everywhere!

We got up early the next morning and bugged out! It was a short but very sweet trip! The ride home consisted of an hour (!) stopover at the duty free shop (with me baby-sitting the boys, a very long hour indeed)  at the border,  followed by a long line through customs, followed by missing our exit in Buffalo and taking the l-o-n-g way through the area.

As the sign in the liquor store said: I Heart Maple Leaves! .....I Love Canada! It was a great trip!

Have a great weekend, everyone!


  1. What a pretty little town! That sidewalk is adorable!

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  3. Wow! Ontario looks a bit like the French Quarter in New Orleans and it also looks like France! I've heard it was beautiful up there but never read a post about it so I'm going to have to save up some money and go there soon! Glad you are having fun!
    Love the silver platters of treats too!

    1. LOL. When I said it was one of the prettiest towns I'd ever visited, I was thinking that perhaps only Nice on the French Riviera was prettier! I lived in New Orleans for a year (loved it!), but this town didn't really remind me of there. New Orleans is lovely, but much dirtier. Uptown in the Garden District is great but has a different feel.

  4. Stunning pictures and we are enjoying this from across the pond. What a pretty place. Glad you are all having a good time.
    Best wishes Molly

  5. I agree Taryn -- Niagara On The Lake is probably the prettiest town I've ever visited. I've been to Nice, too, and while it was gorgeous, I would still vote NOTL the prettier of the two.

  6. Oooh, so jealous! What a fun and beautiful stop! Hope to visit it myself some day!

  7. Just caught up with your holiday posts and enjoyed all of them. Had to laugh at your other half not holding the dogs up for a photo,we get some funny looks to lol.
    Also the gold Elvis is the same as the purpleman we got to meet in York, I don't know how they stop still for so long!
    Maybe one day we will get to visit it to.


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