Saturday, April 11, 2015

A few hours in Niagara-on-the-Lake

     I recently wrote a blog post on visiting Niagara Falls, both the US and Canadian sides. I mentioned a great place called Niagara-on-the-Lake, which is a cutesy town just about 45 minutes outside of Niagara Falls, Canada. I have great memories from my childhood, of walking along the lakeside and going into the little boutiques in town.
     If you are ever in the area, visiting the Falls, I highly suggest stopping by Niagara-on-the-Lake, named so because it is right along the Niagara River. It is surrounded by gorgeous views, farmers markets (when in season), and wineries, and it is a perfect town for a weekend visit. It is also home to the annual Shaw Festival and historic sites such as Fort George. 

     Here is a run-through of of what I did with just a few hours in town: 

     It took us a few hours to drive from my hometown to Niagara-on-the-Lake, so when we got there, we immediately stopped for lunch. We had heard good things about the pub fare at the Olde Angel Inn (and I am also always ready for a little Brit nostalgia), so we stopped and we were not disappointed! I had the traditional British fish and chips with mushy peas, as well as a cider. 

     After our proper British meal, we decided to walk around town. It was nearly-frigid (for a spring day, at least) but the adorableness of the town made it alright. When we walked to the shore of the river, we saw someone paddleboarding in the distance... There was still snow and ice along the shore, so we were just praying that he would not fall in!
     We toured around tea shops, cafes, chocolate shops, boutiques, and Christmas stores and took in the town. We always happen upon something interesting when we visit, and this time we just happened to find several dogs wearing sweaters! It is a great place to visit, whether you have a whole weekend to spend or just a few hours. 
     For more information on Niagara-On-the-Lake, check out this website.
     Do you know of any other cute little towns like this? I am always looking for new places to visit!

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