Friday Two Cents: Vacationing In Ontario With George Part 6 Niagara Region


 

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  Just about every year I make a trek to the Niagara region for some sites, sounds and some fun. This region has an abundance of things to see and do that every time I go, I do something new. This year I was able to visit a historical site that I have not been to, but I am getting ahead of myself.

The trip down to the Niagara region is only about 1 – 1-½ hour drive from Toronto, depending on traffic. Yet I do not take to usual route that many would go to see Niagara Falls. I take to a back road into Niagara-on-the-Lake, a small town at the mouth of the Niagara River, on the Canadian side. This route has the advantage of passing many wineries on what is known as the Wine Route.   This year I was able to stop off at a wonderful winery called Jaskson-Triggs. It is a newer winery, about 10 + years but they make excellent wines. I went on a tour of the winery were I was about to have a wine tasting of several wines including a tasty ice-wine and a sparkling wine. After the tour I was able to sit in the vineyard and indulge my artistic skills as I drew the vines.

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Grape on the Vine – By Paul Gauchi

After I went into town and did some exploring but this year I wanted to visit a historical site I have not visited before. I went to Fort George on the outskirts of town. This was the site of several battles during the war of 1812 when the Americans and the British were at war and Canada was the battleground. I won’t go into too much details on the war or the battles around the area, but these battles were some of the most pinnacle battles. Near the fort was the battle of the Queenston Heights, one of the first major battles of the war were Major General Sir Isaac Brock fell in battle on October 13, 1812. Yet the British prevailed.

After the battle the Americans besieged the fort and it fell on May 25, 1813. The Americans held onto the fort until December 1813, but retreated across the river before a British force could arrive. Yet before they left Brigadier-General George McClure of the New York militia ordered the firing of the town. It was destroyed leaving the 400 townspeople, mostly women, children and old men with no shelter from the winter cold. Much of the fort was rebuilt after they left but it fell into disrepair and then reconstructed in the 1930’s. I had the fortune to be present to a musket demonstration and the flag lowering ceremony. All in all it was an enjoyable visit that I hope to make again some day.  

After I made my way to my final destination, Niagara Falls. There I always like parking in the casino, then make my way down to the falls. No matter how many times I have seen the falls they are always awe-inspiring. After the casino and its many restaurants beckoned.  

I find that many people take trips overseas to see the different sites, tastes and wonders other places have to offer. Yet I truly believe that Canada and of course Ontario has many historical places, exotic tastes and its own wonders. You just have to take advantage and be a little adventurous.  

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4 Responses to Friday Two Cents: Vacationing In Ontario With George Part 6 Niagara Region

  1. Mama Cormier says:

    One of my favourite areas to visit.

    • Paul Gauchi says:

      Hopefully I can go again for the fall harvest and the wine festival.

      • Mama Cormier says:

        It’s usually a bit crazy at those times. We like to go in the off season when it’s not so busy. The vendors actually have time to speak with you and are more generous with their sampling.

  2. Paul Gauchi says:

    You are right Mama Cormier, but some how I usually end up talking to them and I like the crowds.

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