Had visitors on the weekend so we all went for a stroll in the Old Town, Niagara-On-The-Lake. Lord, have mercy, you would have thought they were giving away free money. There were tourists strode ever’whar. I noticed one smallish dog on a leash and felt sorry for him. I’ll bet he had never seen so many legs.
N-O-T-L is a very pretty and quaint little town though, so I thought I would go back during the week for a better look around when it was less crowded.
Dream on, I discovered.
After burning a gallon of gas I was able to find a place to park out in East Moses. I passed cars from every state imaginable and some I hadn’t heard of… many Canadian provinces as well…. while hoofing it back to the main street. I was hot and sorely tempted to break down and get an ice cream cone that is a virtual prerequisite for a visitor. However, I live here, I can’t afford tourist prices!
with code stolen from... uhh… borrowed from… uhh…”courtesy of” the Chamber of Commerce’s web site, is a live cam of downtown NOTL.
Here’s a few pictures that I took on my walk. In the glaring sunshine with a point-and-shoot camera, it’s nearly impossible to make out the screen, so you push the shutter button and hope for the best. Some are okay, for a tired old man in desperate need of a $7 ice cream cone.
In this shot, below, for the longest time I thought the body of water was a bay and the fort in the background was Fort George, on the Canadian side. I overheard one of the horse-drawn buggy tourist guides say that this is where the Niagara River empties into Lake Ontario. The fort is Fort Niagara in Youngstown, New York… on the American side.
Below, some hardy souls brave the water. This strip of sand is Mississauga Beach, where the even hardier souls set off to swim across Lake Ontario, landing in Toronto. I tried the cross-lake swim once. Had to give up. Lake Swimming Pool. The kind you blow up.