Drummond Hill Cemetery is a National Historic site of Canada. It was the site of the Battle of Lundy's Lane, one of the bloodiest battles of the War of 1812 between the United States and Canada (then still a British colony). It is also the burial site of Laura Secord, a Canadian folk hero who is said to have walked 32 kilometres (20 miles) at her life's peril to warn British troops of an imminent American attack. Oddly enough, Laura Secord is also known throughout Canada for her chocolates -- a company that was named in her honour has been manufacturing sweets since 1913.
To know more about the Battle of Lundy's Lane, a walking tour can be downloaded and printed at the following URL: http://www.niagarafalls.ca/pdf/heritage/lundys-lane-walking-tour.pdf. If you do the walking tour on a Saturday morning, you will pass by the farmers' market at 5943 Sylvia Place (open every week from 6 a.m. to 12 p.m.). The walking tour map also indicates the location of the cemetery's main monuments, which are easy to find thanks to the cemetery's relatively small size.
Conversely, if you want to try some Laura Secord chocolates, there is a Laura Secord store located at the Niagara Square Shopping Centre, at 7555 Montrose Road, about 10-15 minutes away by car (go west on Lundy's Lane until you reach Montrose Road, then turn left).
If the terrain of the Niagara Glen Nature Reserve is too extreme for you (as was my case, with a baby stroller to push), the nature trails of the Dufferin Islands may be the thing for you.
These four small man-made islands are connected by small bridges. The landscaping and more recent introduction of fish and indigenous plants have contributed to increase their natural beauty. Bird frequently stop here as well, and feeding houses have been built for them.
At the opposite end of the spectrum, the Dufferin Islands are home to the "Winter Festival of Lights" every year from November to January, when thousands of Christmas bulbs are lit up for animated displays around the islands.
The Dufferin Islands are located about 1 kilometre south of the Horseshoe Falls on the Niagara Parkway. They are open all year, and there is no admission fee.
If you are going upstream of the Horseshoe Falls, you may see what looks to be a boat stuck a couple of hundred feet from the brink of the falls. Your imagination is not playing tricks on you, it really is a boat! It is the old Niagara Scow, unmoved since it crashed there way back in 1918.
As the story goes, two men were aboard the scow when it broke loose from its mooring. As the scow was heading dangerously close to the Niagara Falls, they had the presence of mind to open its bottom doors and ground it into a rocky ledge. It took 29 hours before the men could be rescued. A lifeline was shot from a nearby power plant, and the men were brought back to shore on a breeches buoy.
There is a plaque nearby explaining the story of the scow.
The Cham Shan Buddhist Temple stands in stark contrast to the general idea people have of Niagara Falls, which contributes to make it such an interesting sight. The whole complex is larger than it seems, and you can enter the temple which is open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The statues were especially impressive.
Guided tours are offered on weekends during the summer months. Both the entrance to the temple and the tours are free (voluntary donations).
The temple is located at 4303 River Rd, Niagara Falls, Ontario L2E 3E8, across the street from the White Water Walk, not far north from the Whirlpool Bridge.
During tourist season there are 100,000 cubic feet/second of water going over the falls. The flow is regulated by a joint board and is cut back in the evenings and during the off season times.
Power plants along the Niagara River, on both sides of the border generate about 4.4 gigawatts of electricity. (1 gigawatt=1 billion watts) Power generation, because the falls produce such an enormous amount of energy, is an enormous benefit. Water from the Niagara River is diverted through huge tunnels. These pass thru turbines and create power for both sides of the border. Niagara is easily the largest energy producer in New York State.
West of Niagara Falls is the Welland Ship Canal, allowing lake and ocean freighters and pleasure craft to bypass Niagara Falls and the Niagara River in their trek from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario.
The lakes are at different elevations, requiring the use of a series of locks. Lock 3 between the cities of Thorold and St. Catharines has a public viewing area. It is fascinating to watch this engineering marvel at work. Kids and adults alike will be interested in the lock, and the lift bridges. Just south of this lock are the "Flight Locks", a series of 3 double-laned locks. There is no public access here, but driving along side it gives a sense of the height that ships must climb in this one section alone.
Just east is one of the previous ship canals, with now dilapidated locks, built a long time ago for smaller ships. This gives a sense of history to the visitor, and perspective on the changes yet similarities in technology with the passage of time.
In summary, this a definately a worthwhile family outing, away from the usual touristy sites at nearby Niagara Falls.
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It is just a nice feeling to walk next to the rapids and have a walk way that overlooks the whirlpool. Aj and I sure loved it for a couple of hours in the afternoon. Nice and full of shade from the sun it is a good way to spend some time on your own.
By leaving the well marked trails of Niagara Glen and carving our own way carefully (picture # 4), we approached the banks of Niagara River where we saw it in all its rage. The rapids would have been ideal for white water rafting, but instead these were being negotiated by whirlpool jet boats (picture # 1). The spots near the river offered wonderful views of the river upstream (picture #s 2 and 3), the aero car over Niagara Whirlpool (picture # 5), the rapids, and the mountain and river bank on the US side of the Gorge. Wesaw a couple of families picnicing on the US side.
Everybody knows that Niagara region offers tours to many wineries and vineyards. However, we would like to recommend cherry, apple, strawberry and plum picking in one of the many orchards. It is lot of fun while on a road trip. For information on orchards and farms, one can pick up a Rural Routes brochure at about any Avondale Stroe in Niagara. Avondale stores are variety stores that you can find in many plazas and strip malls in Niagara region.
Here are some things to watch for:
1. Pick an off peak traffic day and time. Peak traffic times will kill all the fun that you can have.
2. Go on the road less travelled and pick a farm that is not crowded.
3. For picking from the trees, ensure that you don't unnecessarily bend any branches for that can break them and destroy a tree and subject you to heavy fine.
4. Always wear rough and dark clothing. Ripened fruite juices and small insects will fall all over your clothes and when you remove them, they get squashed leaving bad patches on the clothes you are wearing.
5. Let the younger lot go for plucking the fruites, while parents rest and gossip.
Spring season comes with crocuses and daffodils adorning the park area. 30,000 bulbs of daffodils along Niagara Parkway offer 180 degree tourism to those interested in flowers. We noted that spring came to the Niagara Falls area slightly later than in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Whereas daffodils were fading out and giving way to tulips in the GTA, they were still in their prime blooms in the area. Early tulips had begun blooming too, but most of them were still in pre-blooming development stage.
The Old Welland Canal site has a very scenic bridge and a good view of the canal itself. There is a monument located here and some interesting information about it on the plaque. I found it to be a good place for photo opportunity, and a quiet and peaceful place to visit if you just want to get away from the hustle and bustle of Niagara Falls. If you follow Lundy's Lane all the way out to Welland (about a 5 minute drive) you will reach this area. The site is free, and you can park in a lot right near the bridge.
We got to this town South of Niagara Falls by accident. We were trying to get to Niagara on the Lake but we took a wrong turn. We ended up in Chippawa. Theres not much here to do but you get to see these amazing homes with the largest yards. We drove for about 1/2 an hour just admiring these beautiful homes.
North along the Niagara Parkway is the quiet village of Queenston. Towering over it is Queenston Heights, a historic site once the site of a battle during the War of 1812. This was also the original site of the ancient Niagara Falls, before many thousands of years of erosion to the present location.
From the base of Brock's Monument, there's a look-out where you can see the lower Niagara River winding its way to Lake Ontario. Any time of the day, particularly a summer evening, it is a beautiful site. On a clear day you can see the skyline of Toronto, with its tell-tale CN Tower across the lake.
This is also the starting point of the Bruce Trail, which winds its way for hundreds of kilometres through Southern Ontario along the Niagara Escarpment. If you're not inclined to hike quite that long, then try taking the wooden steps down the escarpment into the quiet village of Queenston. Maybe find the remnants of old Highway 8, now overgrown with weeds and trees where it once led to a suspension bridge, for a rare bottom view of the Queenston-Lewiston bridge and the rapids & the formidable hydro-electric generating stations beyond.
Dufferin Islands Nature Preserve is just 1 mile upstream of the falls. It's a peaceful place with footpaths leading from little island to island. A picnic area is provided complete with grills for Bar-B-Queing.
Parking is free. It's worth a stop for a look around. I saw people fishing as well as picnicing. The are also quite a variety of waterfowl in the park.
Fishing is allowed in the park, but it is catch and release only.
Niagara Parkway, Niagara Falls, Ontario.
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