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    Mmmmm Good Jams and Jellies

    by CdnJane Written Jun 25, 2004

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    One of my favourite activities in Niagara on the Lake is to stop at the Greaves Jam & Jelly shop on main street. They make some excellent jams & jellies, as well as one of my favourite Pickled Beets. I have to get some of their mint jelly, which unfortunately they only sell in small jars. You can buy pre-made up boxes with several jams/jellies... or select a mixture of your own favourites. They make great gifts.

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    Just Stroll and Enjoy! Viewing is Free!

    by NC_Ziggy Updated Oct 22, 2005

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    Honestly, everywhere you walk in this scenic town, you see beautiful flowers and neat shops and some of the Best Aromas drifting from the various eateries. However, though we walked into several shops specifically to ask about the trees with the unusual blossums, no one could tell us! And surprisingly, nearly all of the shop keepers said that many people had stopped to ask the same question and yet no one knew? Bring in the Chamber of Commerce! Bring in the horticulturists! Bring in the Mayor! Bring in SomeOne Who Knows!!!

    Do You Know? I would still like to know the name of this unusual tree... Someone Help!

    Min & the Strange Blooming Tree!  What is it?

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    This Feels Like France!

    by NC_Ziggy Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    We did not have time to walk through the entire Park, and only viewed this on our way back towards the car. But, I can easily suggest that more time will be devoted on the next visit! And so again, I would highly suggest that if you enjoy nature, color, and a soothing time spent at your own pace, you will want to visit the Botanical Gardens!

    Missing Only a 500 year old Structure!
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    East Dell Winery

    by stevemt Written Sep 28, 2007

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    Had lunch here in their wonderful restaurant.

    I had the burger ($15 can) but was it worth it - oh mannnnnnnnn

    The Cab/merlot blend went very well with it as well.

    Service is wonderful and the atmosphere just great.

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    Prime Photo Opportunities

    by NC_Ziggy Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    I hope you will be able to see here some of the color and beauty that awaits. I'm told that in the spring there is a tulip festival also and would be most colorful to see, having been to the Netherlands and provided a glimpse of the many astounding colors that tulips produce! September here is nice too!

    Greens & Blues & Colorful Hues!
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    Re-enacting the war of 1812.

    by fardarrig76 Written Aug 15, 2007

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    Fort George, just a short walk from downtown, was an awesome step back into history. The fort, all but one building, redone has been set up for an easy walk around with many demostrations to view. Everything from Cannon's shooting, musket shooting, flag raising, etc. Re-enactments help you really appreciate the experience. Only cost $10 a person to enter, its well worth it, especially for the history buffs.

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    StoneChurch Vineyards

    by fardarrig76 Written Aug 15, 2007

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    We visite Stonechurch for reasons of trying to save money. They had a free trail around their vineyards so you can get right out there and see the grapes. They also offered fairly inexpensive tastings. 3 wine tastings for $2.00 and 1 Ice Wine tasting for $2.00. The bartenders were very helpful and had great suggestions.

    This was a great experience, bought a bottle of wine and two of their glasses. The glasses made a great gift for remembering the day.

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    Another Iniskillen Winery Visit

    by CdnJane Updated Apr 16, 2006

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    Lately it seems to take an Aussie to get me to go down to Niagara Falls area. This latest time 2nd April 2006, I was with a friend from Australia who got me included on a bus tour with a post-conference on Composting, and Recycling group. It was a totally International group, with 2 Aussies, some Romanians, Italians, from Indonesia, Malaysia, Taiwan, and several other countries. We just happened to stop at Inniskillen, and were fortunate to meet one of the co-founders of the winery, and a gentleman who has done a lot in promoting the Niagara Region's wines, Donald J.P. Ziraldo.
    While having been there before, I had never had an actual guided tour through the property, and a wine tasting there. It was well worth the return visit, and this time we did purchase some wines.

    Our tourguide at Inniskillen Barrell in which Ice wine is made Wine Tasting - Donald J.P. Ziraldo to right Looking across vineyards to Queenston Bridge to US Equipment for winemaking
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    Not just Grapes in the Vinyards

    by CdnJane Written Jul 3, 2004

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    When VTer Tasmania (Sharon) was visiting, I took her down to the Niagara area, and we had to stop at a vinyard. We had a running joke about seeing moose... having tried to tell her that they are to be found in Northern Ontario. After saying that, they kept appearing in the darndest locations - a Canadian Tire store, and then... in the yard of the Inniskillen Winery. Of course, this happened to be a transplanted moose from Toronto!! Complete with one stolen antler.
    We didn't actually buy or try any wines, but there is quite the variety to choose from. Since Sharon was continuing on for another couple of months, wine would be a rather awkward and heavy purchase.

    Moose in the Vinyard

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    Stop and smell the Roses, or the Daisies, or.....

    by travelgirl3 Written Sep 29, 2005

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    Due to its location nestled beside the Niagara Escarpment, the entire Niagara Region is a fantastic place for growing all types of plants. The area is well known for its orchards and vineyards, and all Ontarians look forward to late summer, when the harvest of peaches, nectarines and many other fruits & vegetables comes in.

    Niagara-on-the-Lake is no exception. All throughout the village, you will find beautiful flowerbeds, hanging plants, and beautiful parks. Of course, the plants are certainly well cared for, being in such a picturesque tourist spot, but the moderate, protected climate provides plants a longer growing season, and also allows the growing of certain plants typically only seen in lower lattitudes.

    Be sure to take some time to enjoy the greenery, and prolific colours.

    Beautiful Landscaping around Niagara-on-the-Lake
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    Pack a picnic lunch & go for a drive

    by travelgirl3 Written Sep 29, 2005

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    The main road leading away from Niagara-on-the-Lake heading towards Niagara Falls is the Niagara River Parkway. Whether you plan on visiting the Falls, or are just looking for more pretty scenery, be sure to put this on your itinerary. The Parkway isn’t very long, and you can make it to the Falls in about 20 minutes, but it’s not the destination, it’s the journey, right?

    The Parkway weaves and winds, paralleling the mighty Niagara River. Through various breaks in the trees and lookout spots where you can park your car, you can view the river, and across to New York State. Along the way you’ll see Brock’s Monument and historic Fort George, as well as many large homes and vineyards, all shaded under centuries old trees.

    It’s a beautiful drive.

    Niagara River, from the Niagara River Parkway, Ont
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    Take a Vineyard Tour

    by travelgirl3 Updated Sep 29, 2005

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    With more than 50 Wineries in the Niagara area, there's no shortage of tours available to suit your fancy. Your options runs from the 'do it yourself' variety, to fully escorted, limo driven weekend events, and everything in between. Or, if your somewhat athletic, how about a bicycle tour? This would be a great way to see the beautiful Niagara Escarpment landscape from the ground up, and enjoy a glass or 2 along the way.

    Cheers!

    One of the many vineyards in the Niagara Region
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    Niagara District Court House

    by kemisteryoso Written Jan 21, 2013

    This mid-19th century multipurpose civic structure is located on the main street of Niagara-on-the-Lake and it was designated a national historic site of Canada in 1980 because it was designed by the prominent Toronto architect, William Thomas with Neoclassical style and symmetry.

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    Marynissen Estates

    by kehale Written Sep 27, 2009

    In August 2009, after our Mystery on the Lake tour, we decided to try out some wineries. To our dismay we found most of them were just closing. In our final attempt we pulled into the drive for Marynissen and ended up pulling up next to the owner. He rolled down our window and asked if we were looking for wine. My friend told him yes and asked if he was closed. His response was "Come on - I'll open back up for you". We headed up the drive and he unlocked and store and invited us in. Told us to look around and he would answer any questions and let us try whatever we wanted.
    He let us try the Sauvignon Blanc which was incredibly delicious! Different than I had tasted before and would recommend to anyone. I ended up picking a bottle of that, a bottle of Rose and a bottle of their ice wine.
    The owner was very friendly and we were so thankful he did this favour for us - we'll most definitely make a visit back and/or make some orders to have the wine shipped to us directly! I'd recommend Marynissen for sure if you're heading out for a day of Winery tours in Niagara on the Lake!

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    Mystery on the Lake

    by PlanesTrainsAndAutos Updated Aug 29, 2008

    Mystery on the Lake is a great adventure! They call it an "interactive theatre experience." When you book your ticket, you're given a starting location, but from then on you have no idea where you're going to end up. Along the way, you're trying to solve a mystery, and you keep running into these characters who are placed around the town. It's so much fun! And you learn a bunch of local history at the same time. My wife and I look for these kinds of adventures wherever we go, and we loved it. Note that there is a fair bit of walking involved (3 km = 1.9 miles), but it's spaced out so you hardly know it.

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