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  1. Visiting Niagara-on-the-Lake

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    Visiting Niagara-on-the-Lake

    Oct122010

    Today I set out to experience some of the things you can see and do close to Niagara Falls, as the surrounding area boasts a whole host of different attractions. One of these attractions, and a pretty cool destination in its own right, is Niagara-on-the-Lake.

    This town is situated on Lake Ontario at the point where the Niagara River meets the Lake. It’s about a 20-minute drive from Niagara Falls and easily reachable by bike too.

    I travelled there in style as I hitched a ride with Bryan from Niagara-Tours who was taking a few of the staff from ACBB Hostel out to go jet-boating. So I ended up heading out to Niagara-on-the-Lake in a classic Ford convertible from 1929 with the top down as the weather had improved.

    One of the things that struck me about Niagara-on-the-Lake is the contrast between it and Niagara Falls as it’s a lot more laid-back and relaxed. As well as that, this town plays host to some beautiful houses dating back to the 1800s giving it quite an old-timey feel. It is definitely worth spending some time in this cool little town as there’s plenty you can do.

    You can head down to the water’s edge for spectacular views out across Lake Ontario – today the view was so good we could see Toronto’s towering skyline in the distance. There’s a little beach here too, plus lots of paths along the water’s edge.

    In the town centre itself you’ll find Queen Street, which is the main artery in Niagara-on-the-Lake. This picturesque street is filled with funky craft stores and boutiques, and if you’re in the mood for a snack, there’s a great selection of restaurants to choose from. I had lunch on the go today, grabbing a pasty (and a chocolate chip cookie) from the Niagara Home Bakery. It was really great value food, and tasty too.

    And if you’re feeling adventurous after you’ve spent the morning exploring the town, you can always take a trip up the Niagara River rapids on one of the jet boats.

    On top of that, you’ll find lots of vineyards near both Niagara-on-the-Lake and Niagara Falls, which you can read more about in my next post.

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