Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Beautiful, Historic Niagara-on-the-Lake

Two weeks ago I returned from a family vacation to Niagara Falls. I had hoped to be inspired while there (I’ve had “blog-block”), and I wasn’t disappointed! We went on a day trip to Niagara-on-the-Lake, a quaint little town about 45 minutes from downtown N.F.

157Here’s my daughter, Ava, playing with her toes on the car ride to Niagara-on-the-Lake.

The drive to NOTL is just as beautiful, if you’re lucky enough to be a passenger and not the driver, winding roads with the water on one side and gorgeous B&Bs and carefully maintained old homes on the other. I tried to take pictures as we were driving, but it didn’t work.

I found a few beauties on MLS:

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This one is 150 years old!

The main street was full of cute little shops, most with beautiful architecture and lots of charm.166 I took this shot because I loved the windows…so pretty!

We came across an old apothocary which has been converted into a museum. According to their website (which is SO interesting!):

The Niagara Apothecary
is an authentic museum restoration of a 1869 pharmacy as part of a practice that operated in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, from 1820 to 1964.

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Beautiful black walnut and butternut fixtures.


Faithful restoration of the original gaslights.


The Leech Jar - This 19th century white glazed china leech container is the hands-down favourite among the Niagara Apothecary artifacts. It is about 0.5 m (20 inches) tall with a perforated lid to assure a suitable degree of ventilation for the leeches. Leeches were sold to facilitate blood letting therapies now largely outmoded.



Lovely mouldings.


165 The Prince of Wales Hotel

You can’t tell from this picture, but this is one loooong hotel! I don’t even know how many blocks it stretched! Check out this link for an idea of it’s size :

Unfortunately we didn’t go inside (too busy shopping!), but had I known what was in there, I would have made more of an effort.

On the Vintage Hotels website, there’s a brief history of the hotel and all it’s Victorian splendour.

All in all, we had a great trip and I think my “blog-block” is mostly resolved. Maybe I just needed a vacation!

Thanks for listening!



  1. Looks and sounds like you had a great trip!! :-) And Ava seemed to have enjoyed her toes along the way ;-)

    Good to hear that your blog block is gone :-) Between your vacation and getting your new laptop, I bet you'll be blogging like a madwoman!! :-)

    Thanks for the tip about the silver beaded curtain -- I'm going to check it out :-)


    P.S. Ewwwww, leeches!!!!

  2. Ohhhhhh those buildings, what CHARM! Thank you Sarah for sharing an excerpt of your trip.

    Your daughter is absolutely beautiful!

  3. Thanks, Brenda!

    I'm glad you both enjoyed the post!