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Niagara Ontario:
More than just the Falls!

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I'm using Niagara Falls NY weather sticker because there isn't a one for Niagara Ontario. I'm pretty sure the weather doesn't know which side of the river is which:-)

Niagara is a busy region in southern Ontario. It includes the Falls and parks protecting them, the gorge and parks alongside it, the hydro-electric stations that use the Niagara river for the power, and the country behind the river and Parks where much of Ontario’s fruit and wines are grown and made.

It also includes large Theme Parks, such as Marineland, Great Wolf Lodge, and important historical sites like Fort George. 

Niagara Ontario, horse-drawn carriage

There are two principal vacation centers in the Niagara Ontario region, the truly world-famous

Niagara Falls (you may have heard of them:) and the less famous Niagara-on-the-Lake (NOTL). With its focus on the quieter vacationer, NOTL is about quaint ‘shoppes’, horse-drawn carriages, floral gardens, theaters, and genteel hotels. It harks back to an earlier, more civilized time. 

Niagara 0ntario, Niagara on the Lake street

Getting there is easy. Follow the QEW (Queen Elizabeth Way) south from Toronto for about an hour and the road branches off right to Niagara Falls and Fort Erie or east to meander through vineyards or along the Niagara Parkway running alongside the Niagara Gorge to Niagara on the Lake.

If you follow the Gorge route, there are a number of places of interest, the Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory, Brock's monument and Laura Secord’s house. 

Niagara Ontario, Secord Monument

At Brock's Monument, is this memorial to another hero, or in this case heroine, of the 1812 War, Laura Secord. The memorial looks out over the Niagara river and gorge toward Queenston where General Brock and his force of Regulars and native Americans drove back an invading American force.

Laura's courageous hike through the wilderness and enemy forces saved the day when the Americans invaded again about a year after the battle at Queenston Heights. 

Niagara Ontario, Niagara on the Lake main street

Niagara Falls, the waterfalls that is, are a product of the Niagara Escarpment, a ridge of hard rock that runs from the narrow peninsula between Lake Erie and Lake Ontario all the way up to form the Bruce Peninsula about 700 Kms north. The whole length of the ridge is a designated UNESCO heritage site. A

long the ridge is the Bruce Trail, a hiking path, and various ski resorts, particularly the ones at Collingwood. Niagara Falls, the town, focuses on mass tourism rather than the retired, or soon-to-be retired, crowd. 

Here’s where you find the exciting attractions and events that keep kids of all ages happy, like helicopters, boats, aerial tramways, elevators to skypods, theme parks with wild rides, and all those other holiday activities that go with family vacations.

It's also where you'll find two of Ontario's larger casinos. For more ideas for things to see and do (such as wineries, kayaking, jet boats, helicopters) on your visit to Niagara, click -- Niagara Tours. 

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Tours To Explore

Niagara Falls
Freedom Day Trip
from Toronto

Toronto Entertainment
District Tour

10-Day New England
and Canada Fall Foliage
Motor Coach Tour

Niagara Falls
Evening Lights
Day Trip from Toronto

Ultimate Toronto Tour

Eastern Canada Tour

Private Tour:
Toronto Helicopter Ride

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