NIAGARA DISTRICT COURT HOUSE
This is the third and only surviving Court House erected for the former Niagara District . Constructed between 1846 and 1848, it was designed by a prominent Toronto architect in neoclassical style favoured for 19th century public buildings. Located on Queen Street, the NIAGARA DISTRICT COURT HOUSE or Le Palais de Justice du District de Niagara, became the Town Hall in 1862. Restored in 1981as the town's bicentennial project, the building houses a refurbished Lord Mayor's Chambers, the Chamber of Commerce and Parks Canada offices. During the Shaw Festival season, an intimate 327 seat theatre operates from within the Court House.
This is one of many wineries that one can find between Niagara Falls and Nigara-on-the-Lake. This just happened to be the one that we turned into and it was a good choice. Like a lot of the wineries, from what I hear, if you want to taste the famous ice wine, you have to pay around $3 but at Riverview, if you decide to buy it you don't have to pay for the tasting. So we bought it, expensive as it was, because it was pretty good stuff. I'm not one that usually goes for sweet desert wines but this wine was different. There was the second pressing which was too sweet for us but the late harvest bottle, which we bought, was pretty good. A bit grassy on the nose with some flavors of bosc pear and dates mingled in there. I recommend it highly. We also tasted their 100% Cabernet Franc bottle which was great. I think this was the first time I had Cabernet Franc when it wasn't blended with Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon. The manager who worked here was a nice guy as well, very informative. unfortunately at the time of year we visited (March) they were not doing tours as there was not much to see.
This is a cool place to stop in for some history, this buolding has been around since about 1820 and renovated in 1866 when it was taken over by the apothecary and fitted up with a drug store. It was the one of the oldest and longest continuosly operated pharaceutical pratices in Canada until it closed in 1964. The Ontario Heritage Foundation took it over in 1969. It got a facelift in 1971 and much of the origanal apothecary-ware was re-aquired, this is a neat trip inside.
Niagara-on-the-Lake is Fantastic!
"Best Lunch Spot - Epicurean"
My wife and I have found this Queen Street eatery to be the best place for lunch while visiting Niagara-on-the-Lake (NOTL.) Always solid choices available coupled with quick, friendly service.
We have visited NOTL several times and Epicurean has been our mainstay for lunches. The location is right on the main drag. Many interesting stores to browse and shop.
A great feature in summer is the outdoor patio. This bistro serves cafeteria style for lunch, but switches to table service @ 5:30. They are very cognizant of theater-goers and will ensure that you get to your shows in time.
Visit site for solid overview of restaurant. http://www.epicurean.ca