You’re Welcome #3, Southwestern Ontario East – Niagara Falls

Wow, it’s mid-March 2012 and feels like June outside. Warm, sunny, chance of t-storms, amazing – and forecast to last for at least a week! Makes me want to travel like June. For example, I have visited the subject of this post, Niagara Falls, in early June. Accommodation is less expensive then, and the attractions (so many!) way less busy. Makes taking pics even more of a joy for me.

To continue the pictorial preview of 4 points in southwestern Ontario, the north, east, west and south, I present for you, part two.

East – Niagara Falls (pop. 83,000) Regional Municipality of Niagara

When people around the world think ‘tourist attraction’ in North America, Niagara Falls must come to mind. Because I seek to snap ‘the’ picture of the natural wonder of the place, I prefer to visit the city when it is less popular. In July and August the place is packed with happy tourists in jostled crowds, amazed at the falls, exploring the colourful Clifton Hill strip of shops and attractions, filling the walkways at the botanical gardens and the slot machines at the casino.

The city is located on the Niagara River which flows from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario. The falls have been a famous tourist attraction for well over 100 years. The falls are part of the southerly portion of the Niagara Escarpment (see my North, East, West and South post for the northern section, featuring Tobermory), itself an amazing ancient landform. The wonder of the history of the rock mesmerizes, it’s that old.

The falls impeded traffic as North America got busy with invaders during colonization by the British Empire. The Welland Canal, from Port Colborne to St. Catharines, was constructed in the mid-1800s to allow boat travel and open Ontario’s Great Lakes to commerce and settlement. I am a student of history, and Niagara Falls has plenty of it.

I hope you enjoy these pics of the city of Niagara Falls.

I know, I know – no falls! Just to keep you in suspense because those pics will be posted another day.

Next blog post will head west – with a focus on Pinery Provincial Park, a gem of a place for hikers of woods.

Until then, I wish you happy travels. Keep southwestern Ontario in mind when planning your holiday travel – it’s easy, it’s fun, it’s full of photo ops, at least, I feel this way about it.

Let me know, if you live here, do you agree? If you travel here, do you agree? If so, leave your comment, share your appreciation of this part of Canada.

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