May 15 to June 15, 2010

While visiting in the Niagara area we stayed with my brother David and his wife Elizabeth in St. Catharines and with our hosts for our June wedding, Sandy and Michael in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Sandy and Michael were gracious hosts who helped put our wedding together and treated us to their newly renovated pool house with two bed sitting rooms, kitchen and bath. One day we took Sandy to lunch at one of the many wineries in the area.

[Sandy & Michael] [Pool House Bedroom] [Winery Dining Room]

Niagara-on-the-Lake is situated at the mouth of the Niagara River as it enters into Lake Ontario. The Niagara Parks took early control of much of the riverfront with parks along the river from NOTL to Fort Erie 32 miles south on Lake Erie. We drove up through Queenston again to see the many changes since Robin lived there. Made a quick stop at St. Saviors Anglican Church dedicated to General Brock and to the Flower Clock near the Ontario Hydro Power Plants.

[St. Saviors] [Brock Memorial Church] [Flower Clock]

Then on south to the Niagara Parks Horticultural School where they have constructed a Butterfly Conservatory. The exhibits in the dome were magnificent with natural plantings and thousands of different types of butterflies which live only a week or two.

[Butterfly Conservatory] [Butterfly Conservatory] [Butterfly]

[Butterfly] [Butterfly] [Butterfly]

[Butterfly] [Statue] [Butterfly]

Another day, David and Elizabeth took us to see the new Sky Wheel next to the oldest Casino at the Falls. Spectacular views of both the American Falls on the left and the Canadian Falls to the far right could be seen as the wheel took us around.

[Sky Wheel] [Sky Wheel] [David & Elizabeth]

[American & Canadian Falls] [Canadian Falls & Skylon] [American Falls]

[Skylon Tower and new Casinos] [Robin & Jim] [David, Elizabeth & Robin]

We finished our Falls tour at the more idylic Oaks Garden Theater opposite the American Falls.

[American Falls] [Robin & David] [Robin & Jim]

While at Niagara-on-the-Lake, we attended the wonderful Shaw Festival seeing two plays in the large Festival Theater, The Women by Clare Booth Luce and The Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde. In the small Prince George Theater we saw One Touch of Venus with music by Kurt Weil and book by S.J. Perlman and Ogden Nash. Since it began in 1962, the Shaw Festival and many new wineries have transformed this historic old town into an expensive getaway and retirement town for well to do Torontonians and New Yorkers.

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