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    TAKE A WINERY TOUR

    by LoriPori Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Niagara Peninsula in Ontario and the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia are considered cool climate viticulture regions. Temperatures during the fruit-ripening phase are moderate and consistent. These regions are ideally suited for the growing of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Riesling.
    One of the most well-known wineries in the district is INNISKILLIN which is an Estate Winery offering a variety of wines and icewines. Inniskillin's Vineyard is called the Brae Burn Estate.
    Hans and I went on a tour of Inniskillin and thoroughly enjoyed it. After the tour Hans bought me a bottle of Riesling which was absolutely wonderful.

    ICEWINE
    Grapes are left on the vine well into the winter months. The resulting freezing and thawing of the grapes dehydrates the fruit and concentrates the sugar, acids and extracts in the berries, thereby intensifying the flavours. The finished icewine is intensely sweet and flavourful

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    A picture of mainstreet Niagara on the Lake

    by Waalewiener Updated May 12, 2004

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    Main street Niagara on the Lake.

    I think the picture speaks for it self Niagara on the lake is beautiful Town and you should try visit if you can it is only a 20 -25 minute drive from Niagara Falls and it really nice to spend a few hours or even a day ,or a weekend there is lots to do here as you can see in the website of the Chamber of Commerce of Niagara on the Lake.
    We were lucky to have the Tulips that were so fantastic to see in full bloom.

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    Fort George in Niagara on the Lake is very nice.

    by Waalewiener Written May 12, 2004

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    Kids visiting the Fort

    A British fort which played a key role in the struggle for the Niagara Frontier during the War of 1812. Fort George has been restored to its state on the eve of the war. Costumed staff recreate lifestyles and activities of the period.

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    This is wine country!

    by tpangelinan Written Jul 15, 2005

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    Inniskillin Vineyard

    Go check out the many vineyards around Niagara on the Lake, this is a fun thing to do for an afternoon activity. We saw the Inniskillin Vineyard and pulled right in, this just happens to be the vinyard of Terry's favorite ice wine so we went for a tour. You can do a self guided for free or guided tour for a price with a wine tasting at the end. The self guided tour takes you through about 20 stations with stations that explain each process from the start of the process to the bottling of the wine. The tour is very interesting and informative and helps you understand why your wine cost so much! At the end of the self guided tour you can go inside for a wine tasting of any type, for a small price of course but well worth it. A must do in this part of Canada!

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    Take a romantic Carriage tour

    by tpangelinan Written Jul 16, 2005

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    Carriage tours

    Take a romantic carriage tour around town for some great history and fun. The carriage driver will give you all kinds of good historic information about the town of Niagara on the Lake while taking you around to see the sights. There are a few companies that are as follows.

    Sentineal Carriages
    Niagara-on-the-Lake L0S 1J0
    905-468-4943, Fax: 905-468-8585

    Queens Royal Tours Inc.
    Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON, L0S 1J0
    905-468-0333, Fax: 905-468-9543

    So check them out because this is a fun way to learn about the town that you are in and it's history.

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    Lake Ontario

    by tpangelinan Written Jul 15, 2005

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    Take some time to go to sit along to edge of Lake Ontario and watch the sailboats. You may want to pack a picnic lunch and enjoy a snack while soaking up the sun and views! There are plenty of spots to pull off and park for this type of relaxing activity at no cost. The water is so clean and blue and there seem to be an endless amount of sailboats on the Lake at any point. The really isn't any beach that we found around this area to speak of but plenty of grass with wonderful shady trees to sit under and a few benches too.

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    Fort George

    by tpangelinan Written Jul 15, 2005

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    Go check out Fort George if you are into old forts and history. You can experience the life of a soldier back in 1812 with the daily reinactments, the War of 1812 was fought here where a band of Canadians from all types of back ground banded together to defeat the many invations of the American troups.At one point the Americans did defeat the fort and occupided it for a few months but could never get any more ground and lost again but not before distroying the fort and the town before retreating across the river, then the British defeated Fort Niagara and held it for some time. Like I said lots of interesting history here so go check it out for more info!

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    Niagara Apothecary

    by tpangelinan Updated Jul 16, 2005

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    Niagara Apothecary

    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.

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    Niagara's wineries

    by Jefie Written Sep 23, 2004

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    It is well known that the climate of the Niagara peninsula allows the production of some of the country's best wines. There are about twenty wineries located in Niagara-on-the-Lake, including some of the most renowned Canadian wineries (Jackson-Triggs, Inniskillin, Peller, Hillebrand...). All wineries offer tours and tastings - tastings are usually free of charge when you buy a bottle.

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    The Prince of Wales Hotel

    by NC_Ziggy Updated Oct 22, 2005

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    Visually Addictive!

    Ok, I didn't stay here, but I can surely imagine how a stay here might be enjoyed! As we parked down the street and walked around, this was the sight that most drew our attention. Partly because of the victorian style architecture but mostly for the striking visuals that the many and prolific flowers afforded. Simply Beautiful!

    Later, as we strolled past we noticed the detail of the building and a cozy, well-appointed restaurant. I will not create a hotel tip for this place as I feel they should be created only by places that you can provide some actual experience and knowledge, but if you can afford to stay here, I think your stay may be most enjoyable! Let me know, please! ;-)

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    The Icing of the Wine

    by ellyse Updated Jan 5, 2010

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    The Niagara peninsula enjoys climate that is conducive for the growing of wine grapes. Instead of the icing on the cake, in the many wineries around Niagara-on-the-Lake, a couple of hours' drive from Toronto, you can have the icing of your wine... and drink it too! :)
    I love icewine (though I only know of the Inniskillin brand) and have loved it since when I worked in a wine bar in Singapore in 2002. So when I finally was able to visit the country which is a major producer of icewine, of course I jumped at the chance to visit a winery. The winery that my friends chose was Jackson-Triggs. The winery tour cost 5 CAD (or was it 10 CAD?) per person, well worth it IMHO.
    The winery tour started off with an introduction about the history etc of the winery. As it was raining, the guide decided not to let us traipse all over the vineyard, which were right behind the main building.
    As we ascended the outdoor stairs to the 2nd floor of the building, we had a bird's-eye view of the machinery used to do the processing of the raw grapes, with the guide explaining the procedure. Unfortunately I've forgotten most of the technicalities. :(
    We then proceeded to the inside of the building where there were more huge metal vats used to process and cool the grape juice. I had fun scraping my name on the condensation on one of those metal vats used for cooling!
    After that, the guide took us to the comfortably cool and dry underground cellar where the grape juice was left to age in oak barrels (the wood came from various places in France, the US etc), under carefully controlled conditions.
    Next stop was almost the last and we tasted a few of their wines. IIRC we had a red, a white and also an icewine. Questions were asked by some of the other tour members, though I couldn't find any that sounded intelligent enough to ask, so I kept my mouth shut as far as questions were concerned. :P
    The last stop was the gift store where we all had a voucher worth 5 CAD off the purchase of certain wines, so I bought a sparkling wine which I liked. The store also had a wide selection of their reds, whites and also icewines. Good value!
    http://www.jacksontriggswinery.com/en/niagaraEstate/winery/visitUs/directions_p.html has detailed driving directions to get to the winery from Toronto, or Niagara Falls/Buffalo.

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    Lake Ontario

    by TimDaoust Written Mar 31, 2005

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    Lake Ontario

    You can take a walk down Queen st. all the way to Lake Ontario. From the shore line you can barely make out Toronto on the opposite shore. Also to be seen is the ruins of Fort Mississagua on the right side of Queen st. as you face west.

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    Simcoe Park

    by TimDaoust Written Mar 31, 2005

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    Named for John Graves Simcoe, the first lieutenant governor of Upper Canada and the foudner of Newark (Niagara on the Lake's former name), this park contains, besides a statue of the man, two city blocks of greenery and playgrounds for kids. It's a nice place to take a stroll or to rest after taking a stroll. If you're here on a nice day and you decide to have a picnic, watch out for the black squirrels, they beg.

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    Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens

    by NC_Ziggy Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Layout

    We arrived here later in the afternoon, but couldn't resist a stop! If you visit here (and you should!), I advise you to come early as there is much to see! I'm speaking not only of the Botanical Gardens, but the entire Niagara Falls area. I would think there is plenty to see to fill a couple of days, and if you are into gambling, then you can stay until your money runs out!

    Arriving at the Gardens, we wandered around on the many paths and displays just drinking in the views. There is also the Butterfly Conservatory but we were too late to enter. Still, we were rewarded with a leisurely stroll among a most peaceful and beautiful place. Please see my other tips for more pictures.

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    Shopping in Niagara-on-the-Lake

    by Jefie Written Sep 9, 2004

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    One of the historic buildings on Queen Street

    Downtown NotL is full of little specialty shops. You can easily spend an afternoon going in and out of the different boutiques located on Queen St., King St. and Victoria St., while enjoying the Victorian atmosphere of the town. Don't miss L'Esprit Provence (www.lespritprovence.com), Greaves (www.greavesjams.com) and the Old Niagara Bookshop!

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