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Niagra Falls - small towns with unique shopping and eats

Tecumseh, Michigan
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Niagra Falls - small towns with unique shopping and eats

I am thinking of planning a quick trip to Niagra Falls in late June for my family - husband, myself and son who is 13. We will spend a day aroung the falls on the Canadian side. I read in a post somewhere (that I can't find now) about some small towns that are worth a trip. We Geocache and will want to log some finds in NY and Canada while on the trip - so I would like to hit some small towns for unique shopping and meals.

Any suggestions?

Vancouver, Canada
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1. Re: Niagra Falls - small towns with unique shopping and eats

I'm not sure whether this is what you are looking for. However, when in the Niagara area, we always spend a day in Niagara on the Lake -


Have a look through the website for attractions. (There's a visitors' guide which can be downloaded.) If your son is interested in history, he may want to visit Fort George -


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2. Re: Niagra Falls - small towns with unique shopping and eats

Hi GoHere,


(NOTE - Niagara has 4 syllables... there is an extra A in there... so it is essentially pronounced nI-ag-a-ra... and consequently doesn't rhyme with the famous "little blue pill"). Having the correct spelling also comes in handy for doing this like GOOGLE Searches etc.

There are certainly several interesting small towns in the Niagara area on BOTH sides of the River / Border.

Were you thinking the Canadian side specifically ???

In that case the most known, and historically significant would be nearby Niagara-on-the-Lake (aprox 25 Kms and less than 30 minutes) down the scenic Niagara River Parkway that winds its way northbound from NF to Lake Ontario.

Wikipedia – Niagara-on-the-Lake = http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niagara-on-the-Lake

NOTL Tourism = http://www.niagaraonthelake.com

Here on TA you can find out much info about the NOTL area thru the NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE TRAVEL PAGES and related TRAVEL FORUM

TA – NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE TRAVEL PAGES = http://www.tripadvisor.ca/Tourism-g154999-Niagara_on_the_Lake_Ontario-Vacations.html

Spreading out from there, there are many other notable spots in the Niagara Peninsula (between the 2 Great Lakes) enroute to Toronto… including…

Thorold (home of the Welland Canal) – St Catharines – and the villages of Port Dalhousie – Jordan – Vineland – Beamsville – Grimsby … Beyond that Stoney Creek – and the City of Hamilton

Ontario’s Premier Wine Country spans thru most of them (about 50 Kms) from NOTL thru to Stoney Creek.

For more info, you might want to check out their entries on Wikipedia… or the Tourism Website for the Niagara Region = http://www.tourismniagara.com/

Similarly on the US Side of the Border, you’ll find some quaint locations alongside Lake Ontario as well… and in “Canal Country” (Erie Canal) that winds its way from the Niagara Region onto Rochester and beyond… and in the Rochester area and south lies the enchanting Finger Lakes Region of New York.

For more info on the US side of the Niagara River and the places I’ve mentioned above you should make inquiries on one of the relative US FORUMS…


Then you can interact with Local Advisors and DEs who know those areas best.

Hope this is helpful,



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