Discover: The “Other” Part of Niagara

The great majority of people residing in Ontario have been to Niagara Falls – if you haven’t, you should go! But many people forget that Niagara is more than the Falls. The region includes more to the Niagara Escarpment than the Falls, like Niagara-on-the-Lake. If you have seen the “Wine Route” sign on your way to Niagara Falls, then it’s pointing to not only the Niagara vineyard, but Niagara-on-the-Lake- easily, one of the most beautiful places in Ontario. I promise, the sign isn’t for alcoholics!

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The Niagara region is one of the most beautiful and geologically intriguing places in Canada. Ontario’s Niagara Peninsula is one of the largest “wine-producing appellation (region)” in Canada, covering over 13,600 hectares (33,606 acres). This Niagara area is part of the Carolinian vegetation zone, with scattered forestry, including black cherry, paw paw and other signature vegetations. This area of Niagara has some of the richest mineral soils and microclimatic control as an effect of Lakes Erie and Ontario making it an ideal place for agriculture. The microclimatic controls from Lakes Erie and Ontario produces a cool-climate from the continuous turn-over of cold and warm air in spring and fall, preventing forest damage. This agglomeration moderates the climate, which is ideal for agriculture, especially growing grapes. YUMMY!

If anyone is a Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and/or Riesling fan?!? Niagara is the place for you. But if you aren’t much of a wine-drinker, this region has much more to offer. It’s the picturesque views are ideal for photography, weddings, engagement, etc. Niagara is a great place to learn some Canadian and American history, with forts dating from Canadian Confederation and one of the first places to generate hydroelectricity.

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Queen’s Royal Park – Photo Credit: Ika Washington

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Sunset at Queen’s Royal Park – Photo Credit: Ika Washington

 

 

 

 

 

 

The small and quaint town of Niagara-On-The-Lake has a small population of 14,800 people, but they city has so much to offer. Forts from the war of 1814 and some museums encompassing history of Black runaway slaves from the United States.

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Mississauga Beach – Photo Credit: Ika Washington

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Niagara Escarpment – Photo Credit: Ika Washington

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below are some links if you are interested in going… Have fun!

 (N.B: Links were also information references)

 

 

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