Back when were in Pennsylvania Leslie completed the paperwork and sent off for a Passport. We talked about going into to Canada a bit as we continue to explore the East Coast. Today we got the mail from our mailing service in South Dakota and sure enough the Passport was in the package.
Since we just happen to be staying just outside of Niagara Falls, New York we figured we should try out her Passport and make sure it worked so we headed into Canada for the day. People frequently ask where we are from and most of the time we say something along the lines of – “from here but just for a few days”. We had to remember to say ‘South Dakota’ when asked today at the border.
We got across the border and started to drive towards the falls and saw a sign for ‘Niagara-on-the-Lake’ and decided to check it out. Niagara-on-the-Lake (N-O-T-L in local shorthand) is a small town in southern Ontario where the Niagara River meets Lake Ontario. The history of the town goes back to the late 1700’s when the village was incorporated as the town of Newark and served as the capital of the Province of Upper Canada. N-O-T-L is known for the Shaw Festival (a series of theatrical performances based on the work and time period of George Bernard Shaw) and the many wineries of the area.
As we entered the town we were overwhelmed by the wonderful flowers all over. We parked and walked up and down the main shopping street in the town taking in the color of the town.
We had a very tasty lunch at a Greek restaurant, purchased some post cards which we mailed from Canada, bought a new hat for Leslie and continued our stroll looking at the shops and flowers.
We did go explore the Falls – but more on that tomorrow.