where we went this summer ♥ Niagara Peninsula
Hello & Welcome to my blogful
summer vacation photo album 🙂
September is now here
and autumn is near.
Time waits for no one,
But it was earlier this year,
when we packed up our gear
and left on a jet plane—
destined for family cheer 🙂
Canada’s Niagara Peninsula
is where we went this summer…
And while the tourists appeared
to be searching for souvenirs,
we found ours to be as simple as
a hearty hug or friendly beer ♥
“…the prettiest Sunday afternoon drive in the world.”
— Winston Churchill, describing Canada’s ultra-scenic Niagara Parkway
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As the pictures portray, we were there during the height of tourist season. Finding a parking spot along the Niagara Parkway was fairly impossible. So opting for drive-by iPad sightseeing photos from the open window of our moving vehicle was the best we could do. After trying all week, I finally caught the crowds on iPad video and posted it here on my facebook page… LoL… Also captured a moment of pleasant pond life at Niagara Falls 🙂 All this and more can be found on my Knitting With Heart facebook page 🙂
Historically, the Niagara Peninsula’s Niagara River was where the first major battle in the war of 1812 was fought. Canada was not yet a country in 1812 and lost that particular battle. But we went on to win the war, becoming a nation in 1867 🙂 And that was the last time the Americans tried to invade us! 😉 Watch this video for a quick refresher course on the war of 1812.
So to say that Niagara Falls is more impressive in person would be a ginormous understatement. But here’s hoping you will get the opportunity to visit and see these sights for yourself, someday 🙂 My hubby was born and raised in Niagara. We have a ton of family/friends living there and would love to join them… Oh to be counted among the million or so fortunate folks who call the Niagara Peninsula “home” 🙂
And speaking of family…
If you’re in the area, Lakeside Pottery (aka Ron & Barb) is located at:
755 Lakeshore Road, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario, Canada
Be sure to say “hi” from me, if you do stop by 🙂
You can also visit them online at their Lakeside Pottery facebook page 🙂
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Driving around Niagara, you’ll notice an abundance of orchards and vineyard fields. In spring, the blossoming fruit orchards fill the air with the sweet scent of their fragrant beauty! In fall, the foliage turns every imaginable shade of autumn 🙂 And to see/read more throughout the year, visit the Thiessen Farms blog (aka Ron & Lorie—our cultivatingly inclined cousins) about Niagara farm life.
Another impressive and unavoidable sight is the Welland Canal portion of the Saint Lawrence Seaway. This is the waterway system of locks, canals and channels that make it possible for large lakers and ocean vessels to navigate between Lake Ontario and Lake Erie. Most locals will tell you that the locks are as much fun as getting stopped at a train crossing. But for me and my land-locked life on the prairies, it is still a thrill to (have to?/get to!) stop and take photos 🙂 Watch this HD time-lapse video for an onboard view of the Welland Canal. This stationary time lapse video is also pretty cool, as it watches the ships move through the Welland Canal locks 🙂
And finally, it was time to bid farewell…
Leaving once again, on a jet plane home.
Thanks for flying with me! ♥ Jackie