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DSCN2491Saturday I played tourist and went on a Niagara tour with BG Tours. It’s my first weekend off work since January and yes, I could have rented a vehicle or taken GO Transit or VIA Rail but this struck me as a good option for a day trip to the region.

One of our stops was a winery and we tasted both white and red wines. The winery also produces 80% of Ontario’s ice wines and both white and red ice wines were available for tasting, but at an additional cost. Harvesting and producing ice wines is a more precious/expensive process – an individual grape yields a single drop of wine, rather than the customary seven drops.

ImageImageWe had about 45 minutes of free time to walk around Niagara-on-the-Lake and grab something for lunch. My last visit was a number of years ago when I’d been a member of an outdoor club. We rented bikes and cycled to a couple of the wineries. I’ve also taken in theatre here. The town is home to the Shaw Festival. The newest attraction is a large outlet mall.DSCN2464

Niagara Falls! It must be 25+ years since I’ve been here. There are two water falls – Horseshoe and the American one and the view is better from the Canadian side. It was a very hot and humid day and I took my time strolling along the walkway and enjoying the view. Every once in a while I’d feel a refreshing spray of mist. Of course, if you take the Hornblower boat cruise (previously Maid of the Mist) you’ll be enjoying a geat deal more water spray.

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We had three hours of time in Niagara Falls. After I had my fill of the falls I walked up Clifton Hill. It’s the amusement themed street. If I were spending more time in the area I’d want to visit the butterfly conservatory and do some hiking. DSCN2510DSCN2511

 

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