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Niagara on the Lake
Lens: DA 18-135 Camera: K-3 Photo Location: Niagara on the Lake , Ontario, Canda 
Posted By: normhead, 06-18-2016, 05:57 PM

The first thing you need to know about Niagara on the Lake is it's pretty high end. The Shaw festival is there. There is lots of theatre, if you wish to take in a play. So start with theatre, how snooty is that? Then add, wine connoisseurs. and cheese samplers. You get snoot to the snootiest degree.

Forgetfully I took no images of the theatres but the Wineries on the way into town you can't avoid. I hope that doesn't make me a bad person.



Many have meals where you get five different types of wine served with your meal, and the correct cheese served with each one. It all sounds very complicated and possibly inebriating.


It has some charming and very expensive looking Hotels, named after kings and princes and such, after all, you can't go to the theatre and sampling wine while staying in a dive can you? Notice it's named the Prince of Wales Hotel without saying which one, so it could be any old Prince of Wales, becoming obsolete only if there were to be a Princess of Wales with no prince someday.


And every second dwelling is a bed and breakfast.

I'm guessing I couldn't even afford the breakfast.

Being quite old it has a very old Post office with an appropriate war memorial.




Which for some odd reason people enjoy taking selfies in front of. Oh wait, that yellow wall behind her is the Wine Sampling Cheese tasting eatery, my bad.


Some of the oldest settlers residences in Ontario are here.

This one I suspect was the house of one of the first Governors of Ontario


And this one was the home of an African American who once led a 200 person strong raid on the local jail to free a run-away slave who was being held to be extradited back to Kentucky. In Canada if you do something to help the oppressed, they put a plaque in front of your house. Well if it was two hundred years ago and 150 years after you died they do. The woman holding the cat has her Ph.D in history and is delighted to be living in a house with a historical plaque on the front. There's something really funny about that but I can't put my finger on it.


There's an art school, with an old light house on the property and Niagara on the Lake's original pump house acts as a gallery for students.


And of course what would a good old wine tasting cheese sampling, theatre going bash be without a horse ride. It just wouldn't seem right.


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Geeezzz, what a wonderful photographic series. Very interesting, especially with your professional narrative. Looks as though you had a very good experience there.

Many thanks,

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NOTL has changed a *lot* over the years. I grew up not so far away in St. Catharines. When I was young it was just a regular small town providing services to the local farmers, and a few tourists. The Prince of Wales was a dive bar beverage room, the clientele being mostly farmhands and ne'er-do-well types. 'Respectable' folks did not go there. Haven't been back in years - thanks for sharing.
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Geeezzz, what a wonderful photographic series. Very interesting, especially with your professional narrative. Looks as though you had a very good experience there.

Many thanks,

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It was interesting in a "so this is how the other half lives" kind of way. Most of the shops were like camera stores with a K-1 in stock. I'm not going in because I might buy something expensive. My way of dealing with my lack of will power is to avoid going into places where I might need it.

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NOTL has changed a *lot* over the years. I grew up not so far away in St. Catharines. When I was young it was just a regular small town providing services to the local farmers, and a few tourists. The Prince of Wales was a dive bar beverage room, the clientele being mostly farmhands and ne'er-do-well types. 'Respectable' folks did not go there. Haven't been back in years - thanks for sharing.
The place is being ripped up and made acceptable for the very rich at an alarming rate. It is impossible to find free parking. Even the public parks have meters on the parking spaces. I wonder if your farm hands could even find a place to chug down a cheap beer these days. Our lunch sandwiches and pizza for 4 ran well over $80. If we'd gone to Timmies like suggested it would have been less than $30, but hey. The attraction of the place seems to be you can splurge on really expensive stuff you wouldn't normally buy. So, I guess if you gp there, that's what you do. I have to admit, my chicken sandwich was probably the most tasty chicken sandwich I've ever had (even if I usually pay $4 for a chicken salad sandwich, not $15. And my half of the $8 take out desert, that pushed my share of the picnic lunch to over $20 ? To die for.

My wallet was saved by the fact, I'm still trying to keep my weight down. We walked by the desert place again later in the day. That was all that saved me another $16 worth of deserts, which is what my step son went in and procured.


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Nice series Norm. I was there back in the early 90's on trip along the Niagara Escarpment. I don't remember it being so fancy back then. I do remember they recently filmed some movie there. I have no idea what it was. This seems to happening everywhere. Many of the small nothern towns on Lake Michigan have become so expensive the people in Michigan can not afford to go there.
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OH LA LA...you're in the land of icewine.....once of my favorites.

Stopped at Inniskillin's vineyard/tasting room a few years back....great tour and the wine was the best...if you're into desert types wines.

Enjoy the trip...I know I'm enjoying your pic's!
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Nice series Norm. I was there back in the early 90's on trip along the Niagara Escarpment. I don't remember it being so fancy back then. I do remember they recently filmed some movie there. I have no idea what it was. This seems to happening everywhere. Many of the small nothern towns on Lake Michigan have become so expensive the people in Michigan can not afford to go there.
It's only a matter of time before the rest of us are all serf's again.

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OH LA LA...you're in the land of icewine.....once of my favorites.

Stopped at Inniskillin's vineyard/tasting room a few years back....great tour and the wine was the best...if you're into desert types wines.

Enjoy the trip...I know I'm enjoying your pic's!
Tess is already making plans to go back in the fall and do the "wine tour," on a bus so there doesn't have to be a designated driver. You know, blow 1k on expensive accommodation and meals, and another couple hundred on the tour. Why do women like that kind of stuff so much? I might have to tell her she has to get a job to pay for it.

Thanks for commenting on the Inniskillin tour. I'll add it to the list.
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Why do women like that kind of stuff so much?
We are the one's with taste (except maybe in men.)

Enjoyed the tour and it went well with my morning dose of caffeine.

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