The Niagara Region has a deep connection to Canada’s heritage, often being cited as a major spot of development and turning points in our history. Of course, with the waterfront being such a source of commerce and travel, it makes sense that towns around here have some very significant, chronicled stories! For all of our history buffs out there, be sure follow along as we explore some historic neighbourhoods in the Niagara Region.
Old Fort Erie
You’ll have to wait until summer starts back up to fully appreciate this site, but Old Fort Erie is a must-see. Take a trip to the edge of the Niagara River in Fort Erie in order to experience the sights and sounds of the fort under siege! This National Historic Site puts you arm in arm with British, First Nations, and American soldiers during the war of 1812 on a tour of the grounds. This immersive experience teaches you all about Niagara’s pivotal role during the war by allowing you to step back in time to relive history. Daily tours, musket demonstrations, and the annual Siege of Old Fort Erie Reenactment are experiences you won’t want to miss.
Port Colborne is another historically-charged town also located along the shores of Lake Erie. It has a ton of great views for you and your loved ones as well as one of the biggest events in the region: Canal Days! This event is known for the live music, crafts, and â€“ perhaps unsurprisingly â€“ boat parades. Be sure to walk around the neighbourhoods and you’re your way to Lock 8 Gateway Park in order to watch the ships pass in the water, or lay out on Nickel Beach to get some quality tanning time in before fitting in a round of golf at one of the many clubs in the area. One of our favourite recommended spots is the Historical and Marine Museum, where you can learn all about the deep cultural history of the region!
I think we can all agree that life is better with wine! So you know that any visit to Southern Ontario is going to be an incredible time exploring the award-winning wineries of the area. Lincoln, which is comprised of small communities like Beamsville and Jordan, come together to make the Twenty Valley; home of Thirty Bench, Hidden Bench, Angels Gate Winery, and Fielding Estate Winery, to name a few. Of course, aside from all the wine sampling, Lincoln also offers a charming historical community for you to explore! Be sure to wander the small downtown area to soak up the old architecture before getting lost in the beautiful sprawling landscapes of the area. We highly recommend scheduling a visit around the annual harvest at the West Niagara Fair where you can nibble on Lincoln-grown strawberries and peaches!
Nestled in the corner of the Niagara Region just beyond Niagara Falls, the picturesque Niagara-on-the-Lake is the pinnacle example of old town charm. This must-see village is bordered on both sides by waterfront with beautiful tree-studded streets and lush boulevard gardens. Take your time wandering through the Heritage District as you discover whimsical boutiques, enthralling antique shops, and delightful bistros before taking a horse drawn carriage ride! Bordered by important historical landmarks and stunning waterfront views, as well as the renowned Shaw Festival theatre, Niagara-on-the-Lake should definitely be your next planned trip.
With such a dynamic history, the Niagara Region has so much to offer for those looking to envelope themselves in the past. Whether you take part in live-action reenactments or opt for a pleasant stroll down charming historical streets, you’re sure to enjoy your time. For any more information about the Niagara Region and what’s happening here, be sure to follow the Marina Homes Marina Homes blog series!