Niagara-on-the-Lake is a small town in Ontario Canada a short 25-minute scenic drive from Niagara Falls. What a sweet retreat! This place is unique and a delight to explore. For a small town, this place has a lot to offer as you drive down its picturesque street the two-lane road is lined with rainbow-colored homes, each displaying an architectural masterpiece with gorgeous well-manicured yawns pleasing to the eye.
Before you reach the town, make sure you stop at the smallest chapel in the world – The Living Water Wayside Chapel. I drove past it before I realized it was the chapel I was looking for it’s just that small! The chapel is so cute that you just might want to get hitch there. Limit your guest list to 10 people, that’s about all that will fit inside. The inside has the smallest pulpit and wooden two-seater benches I have ever witness. The outside is charming and looks like a child’s playhouse. If you plan on casting your sins on the alter limit it to one that’s about all it can hold. Ha!
In town, you are graced by 19th-century buildings, trees, and seasonal flowers: colorful shops, restaurants, and art galleries. Niagara-on-the-Lake is also known for its world-class lakefront wineries. When you’re ready to eat, stop by the European style Shaw Cafe & Wine Bar for a delicious meal or nice glass of wine. The history of this town is well preserved, and the buildings tell the story of years past. I spent the whole day walking along its beautiful streets in and out of ice creams shops and art galleries before taking a rest at the brink of the rapidly flowing waters of Lake Ontario.
Seeing one of the five great lakes that I read about in my history book as a kid was a rich experience and one, I will never forget! Four more lakes to go! Niagra-on-the-Lake is a sweet retreat away from the overcrowded, busy Niagra Falls. I do hope you get a chance to go!
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