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I grew up within walking distance to Lock 1 and we would often bike here and spend the day asking the sailors to throw down coins. At one point I had a coin collection of over 100 from Europe and the Middle East.
Nowadays I see mostly Canadian and American ships. It is possible to walk along a slow moving ship and talk to the sailors, asking where they are from and what they are carrying.
We once had a hefty ocean-going vessel get stuck at a lock, and it had to be tilted by crane to move through. Then there was the year they widened the canal by blasting!
Wineries - Hernder Estate Winery
We also discovered this winery at the Wine and Cheese show in Toronto in spring of 2009, after trying one of their fruit wines. They were absolutely delicious and I knew I had to get some. We didn't order at the show, so after a trip to Niagara Falls in August 2009, we decided to track down the winery and pay them a visit.
After visiting Rockway Glen Estates (see other tip in Saint Catharines), we were able to find it with the assistance of a gas station attendant. Wasn't the easiest place to find but was worth every second.
The grounds are beautiful and a great location for a wedding. If you stop by for a visit definitely be sure to try their Iced fruit wine. I highly recommend their Iced Raspberry! And why not pick up a bottle - they're only $14.95CDN!
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Wineries - Rockway Glen Estates
We first discovered this Winery when we attended the Wine and Cheese show in Toronto in spring of 2009. The people at the booth were friendly and more than generous with the samples that they gave us, which was great as their wine was fantastic. We particularly became fans of their Baco Noir. We ended up ordering a case, which we split with the other couple we attended with.
After being so pleased with their wine, we decided to pay the winery a visit after a trip to Niagara Falls in August 2009. Though it is a bit of a drive off the of the main highway it was worth it. The scenery on the way there is gorgeous and the grounds itself are beautiful. They have a restaurant and golf course, but our visit was only to the wine boutique. The girl there was friendly and helpful so our pleasant experience with them continued. We bought three more bottles to bring home and all for a great price.
I highly recommend their Baco Noir - it is afterall, award winning!
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Wine and words..
Henry of Pelham Winery is host to "Shakespeare in the Vineyard" every year. This is a great event where you sit out by the winery and watch a Shakespearean play done in another version. This year was the "Comedy of Errors" done as a western. They stick to the original play so you don't lose the feel of the works.
Pack a picnic and have a great night watching and laughing.
All proceeds go to support the Niagara Peninsula Children’s Centre. So not only can you enjoy a night out in the Niagara Wine Country, you are helping a good cause.
For tickets please call 905-688-5550 ext. 3257 or online at www.arts.brocku.ca
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Definitely check out Port Dalhousie. It's a fun place, especially in the summer. There is the beach, tons of restaurants/bars, and several little shops. You can get great ice cream there. Walk along the pier, check out the lighthouse, play in the park. Oh, and the best thing..ride the carousel for 5 cents! It's a beautiful carousel that they have kept restored. Hand painted animals. It's great.
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It's one of the big "tourist" things in St. Kitts. It's where ships climb mountains! haha. I've seen it many a times, and it still remains quite the feat of engineering. I would definiely recommend checking it out from the viewing platform. Plus there is museum, a bike path, a restaurant and park in the same area.
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Now that the lock is shut, huge pumps churn water into it, raising the ship to the new level. This is noisy and might frighten young children - in this case it is better to take them to Lock 3 where there is a museum and observation deck.
The Lakeshore Rd. bridge must now lift to allow the ship to pass out of the lock. Bridge styles vary along the canal. Some tilt, some lift.
Lock 3 Welland Canal Information Center - On Government Road north of Glendale Ave., overlooking the canal. The centre features an observation platform(wheelchair accessible), full service restaurant and the St.Catharines Museum. Open all year. Ships transit the canal from March to December. A quality souvenir store, food concession, patio area and information are all on site.
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The Welland Canal is an essential link in the transportation of goods through Canada and into the USA, connecting the Great Lakes with the St. Lawrence River (Seaway) out to the Atlantic Ocean.
It runs 40km from St. Catharines to Fort Erie and allows ships to climb the Niagara Escarpment (approximately 100 meters) through a series of locks.
Here is a picture of a Canadian 'laker' ship, approaching Lock 1 in St. Catharines from the north, and then a view of the lock with the doors open waiting to receive it.