By Cacinda Maloney
Here is another one of those secret gems I have learned about on my travels: Niagara on the Lake is one of Canada’s best-kept secrets! If you are planning a visit to Niagara Falls, it is well worth journeying the extra 20 minutes beyond the stunning waterfalls to visit the charming town of Niagara on the Lake.
It is hard to believe this place was virtually erased by the burning of the town by Americans during the war of 1812. Now filled with theaters, fine dining, unique shops, B&B’s, historical inns, and wineries.
It is alive and blooming, not only with the most amazing flower gardens everywhere, but also with tourist who have come to see “Canada’s Prettiest Town”.
Niagara-on-the-Lake was awarded that title in the 1996 “Communities in Bloom” competition and BLOOM it was, while I had my short visit to this historic town.
This town breathes history, culture and elegance. The town, washed by the waters where Lake Ontario and the Niagara River meet is a must stop along the way from Toronoto to Niagara Falls.
Upon my arrival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, I learned about a celebration going on. at Fort George. It is the 200th Anniversary this year of the end of the War of 1812, when the USA’s ground artillery attacked Canada, choosing Niagara’s Fort George as the target. Here the staff dress up like period British uniforms and put on a demonstration of the war. It is a living museum where you can watch soldiers perform drills.
Overall, it is a pleasant day, just wandering around Queen street, camera in hand, taking it all in. As the fresh aroma of flowers infiltrate your nose, the beauty surrounds this little pretty town and as my friend fellow travel writer Allouise Dittrick of Traveler’s Ahoy says “Niagara-on-the-Lake: You’re Pretty Pretty!”
Disclosure: My trip to Niagara-on-the-Lake was courtesy of King Tours. Niagara-on-the-Lakes if one of the stops along the way with the Niagara Falls Tour. Take the tour, it is worth it! The opinions expressed here are my completely my own!