by Festival Nomad, Gary McWilliams
Origins of the Niagara Region
The following is an excerpt from the Niagara Region website - "Niagara was first settled by indigenous people of the Neutral Nation. Early English settlements included Newark (the first seat of government) now called Niagara-on-the-Lake and St. Catharines (site of the first Welland Canal).
Following the American Revolutionary War, a strong influx of British settlers migrated to the counties of Lincoln and Welland. They brought with them strong roots of loyalty to King and country. Many played key roles in the agricultural, economic, industrial and educational development of the area."
"The following description of the Niagara Region is based on our many visits to the area."
Who hasn’t heard of Niagara Falls? It’s known all over the world for its strength and beauty! Lovers honeymoon there! Adventures try to ride the Falls and sightseers from all over take thousands of photographs! But Niagara Falls is only part of the allure of the Niagara Region. A big part, but only a part! Judi and I love to visit this area because there is so much to do! In Niagara-on-the-Lake there’s the Shaw Festival and wonderful historic shopping. Artists such as Trisha Romance live and work there! In St. Catherine’s there’s Port Dalhousie, home of the Antique Carousel hosting ride at 5 cents and Harbour where the annual Royal Canadian Henley Regatta is held in August. There are also a number of great restaurants there to enjoy a savory meal. Fort Erie has the Fort Erie Rack Track plus it’s right on the border to Buffalo. Crystal Beach is one main attraction not to be missed there.
The Niagara Region is also known for its great wineries. On any given day during the warmer seasons, you’ll see thousands of people touring the areas numerous wineries (especially during the Niagara Wine Festival in September in St. Catharines). Throughout the region there are many interesting and quaint towns and villages to discover and explore! In the Town of Pelham are 5 villages nestled including Fonthill full of quaint shops.