If you ever find yourself in Southern Ontario with a free afternoon (though an entire day would be better), I definitely urge you to head down to Niagara-on-the-Lake. The falls themselves are beautiful, of course, but NOTL is where the charm lives. The town is quaint and picturesque with beautiful estates (that creeped me out ever so slightly since I had just watched Get Out), and as the name suggests, the view of the lake is serene with ample space to sprawl out and chill for a while.
*Side note: does anyone else love to look peoples’ houses? I do it all the time!
Some other things to do while visiting NOTLinclude:
- Historic Fort George – A military fort used in the War of 1812.
- Shaw Festival – watch plays at the theater until December!
- See some boats at the marina.
- Stroll through the Heritage District and take a peek into the shops.
- Play some golf, if you’re so inclined.
- Take a tour and have a drink at one of the many wineries in the area.
- Check out a farm and nab some freshly picked fruit.
Freshly picked fruit
The latter is what we went for, and it was totally by chance! We were driving along the lake when I spotted Walker’s Country Market and I suddenly had a craving for cherries. Ranier cherries, to be exact! Farmers markets are generally slaves to the seasons which can be a let down if you’re looking for something specific and it’s not in season, but on the other hand, you’re guaranteed to get the best, most fresh produce!
I have to admit that the cherries were frickin’ expensive ($9.99 per lb. WHAT.) but you’re also paying for freshness and location. Plus, sometimes you have to treat yourself!
The World’s Smallest Chapel
Just outside of the market is another gem: the Living Water Wayside Chapel! I’m not religious at all (at least not in the traditional sense of the word), but I can definitely appreciate sacred spaces and interesting architecture. Inside were some small pews and a Bible, and I think I read that the door is always unlocked!
I’ll always stop for billy goats
Before we headed home, we stumbled upon Happy Rolph’s Animal Farm in Saint Catharines. If you’ve watched my previous vlogs, you’ll know that I’m a sucker for farm animals(… all animals, really) so I was super excited to have found this place.
Some practical info:
- Check online to see what’s happening and at what time before you head out so you don’t miss something cool! When we arrived, there was an arts and crafts show that had just closed which was sad because I would have loved to look around.
A day spent eating fresh fruits and hanging out with animals is always a successful day in my books!
Is there a small town near your home? What do you love most about it?!