You have to, of course, see the falls. One of the most awesome sites in the US, but then keep going 15 minutes up the road and the world changes. From tourist traps, franchise hotels and restaurants, and crowds, crowds, crowds the scenery changes to parks, wineries, bicycle and walking trails, and then into the absolutely gorgeous town of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Cobblestone streets, horse and carriages, bed and breakfasts, cafes, and of course the Shaw Festival showcasing wonderful theatre productions all over town! It was so peaceful and enjoyable strolling through the town yet there was lots to do. Not one billboard in site. Amazing! And no McDonald's!!!!!!! See the falls and then stay in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Visit a historical fort, shop for antiques, see a play, and eat at a wonderful cafe. Stay at one of the many spas and get pampered or stroll down the street to one of the lovely little B&Bs. Pictures will be loaded soon!
Fondest memory: One of the first vacations I have been on where I truly relaxed and enjoyed peace and quiet yet had fun and saw so many new things.
During the War of 1812, Niagara-on-the-Lake came under fierce bombardment and was the scene of bloody battles. Today the town is still under siege, but by hordes of friendly tourists shooting cameras instead of muskets.
Fondest memory: Besides having the reputation as one of the prettiest towns in Canada, Niagara-on-the-Lake is also one of the most fascinating historically.
The Town has retained its 19th century charm and is a wonderful place to explore with its forts, grand mansions, colourful gardens and parks, and pot-pourri of arts and crafts."