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Old December 10th, 2013, 07:15 AM   #1
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Niagara-on-the-Lake! :)

I was in Niagara on the Lake for a couple of days, and was shocked to see how different our skyline looks now compared to then:

A telephoto picture I took in 2008, looking across the lake to Toronto:

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from this spot, you can see Toronto across Lake Ontario:

The skyline has changed so much in just 6 years; I took these pics this past weekend:



Without the telephoto it looks like this:



With telephoto you can see it better:



and the American fort, too:





It was the 200th anniversary of the burning of Niagara-on-the-Lake during the War of
1812/13, so there were plenty of activities going on including a re-enactment of the tragic and unnecessary event. Here are some pics I took! Forgive me if they are of the same building I always take photos of when I am in Niagara on the Lake!




















That Scottish Shop always drags me in like a magnet! hehe...



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This is the oldest Catholic Church still in use in Ontario, having been built in 1835. It is completely unrecognisable to its original form, for they did a rather ruthless "renovation" in the mid '60's, that turned it Space Age:









However, one big bonus was that for the first time I got inside this church, which is
called St Vincent de Paul and had a good look around:

this part seems to be from the original church:







While we are on the topic of churches, here is another one.. St Andrew's Presbyterian from 1831. It looks very much like many of the older New England Churches, and is of course inspired by churches in England that were designed by John Nash (the architect of King George IV). I was on such a roll that I thought I'd be able to get inside this one to, but alas that was not to be:







No trip to Niagara-on-the-Lake is complete without drinks in the 1816 pub "The Angel Inn":







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there are Calèches everywhere, because Niagara-on-the-Lake is unmistakeably a tourist
town:











and, I always visit St Mark's Anglican Church when I am in town. Built in 1803-5 it is the oldest extant Anglican Church in Ontario:



















I found this rather primitive 1782 gravestone to be the most poignant of all; it looks to me like it was carved by a grieving father who sadly had to bury his five year old boy:



the old throne:



and the needlework shows it is in the diocese of the Niagara region:



and finally, some photos I took at the Saturday night Anniversary celebration, re-enacting the burning of Niagara:









I hope you enjoyed this little tour; I had a wonderful weekend!
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Rightfully, Niagara-On-The-Lake should be classified and known as "Canada's Prettiest Town". These pics definitely prove it! Thanks, TB for proving it and showing the incredible history the town has!
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Ontario is really a good place to visit
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What gorgeous weather we had! Suddenly we were into summer, with hot weather. Firstly, that's the old American Fort Niagara in Youngstown, New York across the water. They used to fire cannon balls across the water at our Niagara-on-the-Lake (then called Newark), and my friend found one buried in his garden. This Fort Niagara was first built in 1678 by the French, and then rebuilt in 1726. It was expanded to its current size in 1755. It fell to the British in 1759, and then in turn was lost to the Americans due to the Treaty of Versailles in 1783:
















The Whale Inn, built in 1835 was one of 30 such Inns in the Niagara-on-the-Lake area. It catered mostly to the sailors, of course, being right on the lake:











Queen Street, which is the high street of the town:

















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The Owl and the Pussycat, at "The Sign of the Pineapple"









The town hall, built in 1846 between King and Regent Streets, is now the Town Hall.





Niagara-on-the-Lake is the only town in Canada to officially call its mayor the Lord Mayor, and this title was bestowed many years ago during a visit by King George the Fifth. He stayed at a local hotel called the Queen's Royal Hotel, and signed the guest registry here:





I always take pictures of St Mark's Anglican when I am in Niagara on the Lake because I like it so much. It's congregation formed in 1792, making it the oldest in Ontario.













7 young sailors died in the 1870's when their schooner was sunk late one
night on a bad crossing from Toronto to Niagara on the Lake,
and they are buried in this graveyard:












this old sundial was accurate:













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The Catholic Church is one of the oldest in Ontario, but unfortunately an extensive "modernisation" a generation or so has left it pretty much unrecognisable:





This was "Victoria Day" long weekend here, so there were throngs of visitors having fun in the parks when we were there. (In fact, even though I am back home in Toronto tonight, I can hear the traditional fireworks downtown that we have every Victoria Day weekend as I post these photos):














wandering around the town:







The first school, which is now a museum:

























The Olde Angel Inn, first built in the 1770's and rebuilt after burning down in the War of 1812:














Beautiful Wisteria:






the side streets are treelined and shady in Niagara on the Lake:






Well, every time I go to Niagara on the Lake I have a big feast with my
friends, and this one was no exception. We celebrated a friend's birthday:
















The weather was sunny and hot so we dined outside:





mmmm.... Ginger Beer:





A young raccoon looked longingly at our feast:






I hope you enjoyed this little Victoria Day tour nearly as much as I enjoyed
doing it!
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TB! No sharing food pics!

So jealous of that feast right now. Looks amazing!
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hhee! Thanks, guys. Yes it was a feast.. ribs, turkey and lots of types of salads. Everything tastes better when you have a barbecue and eat outdoors. I'm afraid everyone got a bit squiffy with all the wine, though!
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I am thinking about going for a trip to Niagara on the Lake some time between August 15th and 25th. What wineries making red wines would you recommend?
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Niagara Falls from the Canadian side
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