NIAGARA’S SEVEN WONDERS

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What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of “Niagara”?

Niagara Falls of course, and it is magnificent – the sheer magnitude of the roaring water. So first up on the agenda when you visit Niagara is GO AND SEE THE FALLS.

I’ve seen it a hundred times and still find it awe-inspiring. People who are lucky enough to live in Niagara should never take it for granted or neglect to visit the falls at least twice a year – summer and winter.

This is Niagara Falls in winter – frozen.  You can actually still see the Falls, roaring down in the back, but much of the water has frozen as fast as it can fall. This particular view is of the American side of Niagara Falls which spans the Canada-US border and as you can see it looks a lot like a glacier or an iceberg.

Niagara never disappoints, it’s beautiful in any weather!

 

NIAGARA’S FIRST WONDER OF THE WORLD

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls in winter.

NIAGARA FALLS IN WINTER

 

Niagara Falls in the Summer

Niagara-Falls

NIAGARA’S SECOND WONDER OF THE WORLD

The Welland Canal

Welland Canal Lock 3

USCGC_Alder_transitting_the_Welland_Canal,_on_its_way_to_Operation_Nanook_2010

The Welland Canal shown above, is actually the last of four canals that were built.

The first one was built in 1829 and the one we see today was built in 1932.

It was ungraded and re-built over the years to accommodate more traffic and bigger ships.

second Welland Canal Lock
The second Welland Canal built in 1842

 

The Welland Canal joins Lake Erie with lake Ontario.

Lake Erie is higher than Lake Ontario so the canal lets ships sail between them in steps – down to

Lake Ontario and back up again to Lake Erie.

 

Welland Canal Locks Profile

 

There are also several rising bridges that go up and down to let large ships pass through and a tunnel

that goes underneath the canal for cars.  It’s all very exciting, especially for the boys in your entourage.

See the little house set on top of the middle of the bridge in the picture below?

That’s where the bridge attendant sits and it goes up and down with the bridge.

 

Welland_Canal_bridge in the city of Welland

Rising Bridge over the Welland Canal in Welland Ontario

 

 

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Thorold Tunnel under the Welland Canal in Thorold Ontario

 

You can learn all about the canal at the Welland Canal Museum in St. Catharines, which also has a great

viewing deck, picnic areas and benches, gift shop and snack stand. It’s a great place to have a picnic

with kids or grown-ups who have an interest in the canal. There’s also a great diorama of the canal.

St. Catharines Museum at Lock 3
Welland Canals Centre

NIAGARA’S THIRD WONDER OF THE WORLD

The Niagara Escarpment

 

Niagara-Escarpment

“Niagara-Escarpment-Winter-IMG 0626” by Devastator at English Wikipedia.
Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Commons 

 

Bruce-Trail

Bruce_Trial_Access_Point

bruce-trail-fall

bruce-trail-narrow - winter

bruce Trail -Dundas_Peak

 

NIAGARA’S FOURTH WONDER OF THE WORLD

The Niagara River

The Niagara River flows north from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario. It forms part of the border between the Province of Ontario in Canada (on the west) and the State of New York in the United States (on the east). There are lots of beautiful parks, picnic areas and pathways along it’s edge, and Niagara On The Lake is located where the Niagara River runs into Lake Ontario.

The Niagara Parkway is a scenic road that runs on the Canadian side of the Niagara River from the town of Fort Erie to Niagara-on-the-Lake. The portion north of Niagara Falls is designated as an “Ontario Scenic Highway” but the entire parkway is beautiful.

Of course Niagara Falls is the most famous part of the Niagara River.

Niagara River

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Niagara Parkway 2012

 

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Niagara Parkway 1954

 

Niagara_Parkway

 

NIAGARA’S FIFTH WONDER OF THE WORLD

Lake Ontario

Lake Ontario is one of the five Great Lakes of North America. You can see Toronto in the distance

as you look over Lake Ontario from Port Dalhousie in St. Catharines. You will find beach-front

parks, a marina, various water activites, including the annual Henley Regatta, and a famous,

historical  carousel in Port Dalhousie.

Wave_in_Lake_Ontario

 

Here is the carousel in Lakeside Park where you can still have a ride for a nickle.

(yup, that’s 5 cents folks).

A visit to the Lakeside Park Carousel

 

Royal Canadian Henley Regatta in progress.

Royal Henley Regatta

Royal Henley Regatta Winners

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Marina and historic lighthouse.

Port_Dalhousie_Lighthouse_Lake_Ontario

 

NIAGARA’S SIXTH WONDER OF THE WORLD

Lake Erie

Lake Erie is the 4th largest of the Great Lakes. It’s where the Welland Canal and the Niagara River

both start, and it’s where you’ll find Port Colborne.

Lake Erie in winter

Port Colborne Canal Days Event

Port Colborne Canal Days Event

Port Colborne Canal Days Event

 

NIAGARA’S SEVENTH WONDER OF THE WORLD

The Niagara Carolinian Forest

The Carolinian forest is an area that has primarily deciduous (broad-leaf) trees. It’s special because of it’s

uniquely, moderate temperature that supports animal and plant species usually not found in other parts of Canada.

The Carolinian forest region extends from the Carolina’s in the U.S. into Southern Ontario in Canada.

One of the best-preserved examples of the Carolinian forest is the Niagara Glen Nature Reserve, near the

Niagara Whirlpool along the Canadian side of the Niagara River.

Carolinian Forest

Wilsonia_citrina_Carolinian Forest

Niagara_Whirlpool

Niagara_Gorge_jet_boat

Well those are my picks for Niagara’s seven wonders of the world. I will have lots more to say about

each of them and the many things you can enjoy seeing and doing in Niagara.

There’s more to explore in Niagara and I’m looking forward to sharing it all with you!