Niagara Peninsula Attractions
Tucked between Lakes Ontario and Erie this region has a buffered milder climate which makes it an ideal fruit growing region. It is best known for Niagara Falls and the Niagara escarpment (ridge) which runs the length of the peninsula. Other highlights are the charming town of Niagara-on-the-Lake and its proximity to Buffalo, New York.
The Welland Canal, capable of handling large ships, links Lake Ontario to Lake Erie, an elevation difference of approximately 100 m.
St Catharines, Canada
St Catharines, east of Niagara Falls, is often referred to as the 'Heart of Niagara' and Ontario's Garden City. Gardens are spread around the city making it a particulary delight in summer. The historic downtown has an assortment of interesting shops as well as numerous restaurants.
St. Catharines Museum and Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame & Museum
Exhibits at St. Catharines Museum include the early days of St. Catharines, the story of the African Canadian Underground Railroad terminus, and the evolution of North America's oldest sport, Lacrosse.
Address: Box 3012, St. Catharines, ON L2R7C2, Canada
Opening hours: 9am-5pm; Sun: 10am-5pm; Sat: 10am-5pm
Entrance fee in CAD: Adult $4.66, Senior over 65 $4.43, Students $3.59, Child 13 & under $2.77, Child 5 & under FREE
Useful tips: Group and Family discounts available.
Fort Erie, Canada
Settled in 1780, Fort Erie was a major entry point into Canada. The Peace bridge, opened in 1927, links Fort Erie, Ontario with Buffalo, New York. There is an actual fort in the town, simply called Old Fort Erie.
Mildred M. Mahoney Dolls' House Gallery
The 140 houses in the Mildred M. Mahoney Dolls' House Gallery collection date from 1780-1995. On display are rare dolls from England and Europe, Japan, the US and Canada, including rare pieces. Many of the houses are furnished with antique miniatures. The collections is housed in Bertie Hall, a historical landmark building. The home also has a connection to the Underground Railroad for moving slaves, with a tunnel supposedly leading from the basement.
Old Fort Erie
Old Fort Erie a reconstruction of the former fort which was completely destroyed. The officers' quarters, barracks, guardrooms and armories can be visited.This was the first British fort built in what is today the province of Ontario. On various occaisions, such as Halloween, the fort has special events.
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