Niagara on the Lake at Niagara Falls
Niagara-on-the-Lake started as a settlement called Butlersburg, and later – in 1781 – It received official status and became known as Newark. It was a British military base and haven for British loyalists fleeing the United States following the American Revolution.
Later the town changed its name again, to Niagara, and became the first Capital of Upper Canada. During the War of 1812, the Capital was moved to York (Later named Toronto), to get away from the combat. In the 1880’s, the town was renamed Niagara-on-the-Lake, and the central part of the town is referred to as the Old Town.
Hundreds of thousands of visitors flock to Niagara on the Lake every year. I hope these pictures will give you a good sense of what the Old Town looks like, and the soul of the town. After all, it too is a major attraction for those visiting Niagara Falls and area.
Above one of the horse drawn carriages taking visitors around Niagara on the Lake. Hundreds of thousands visit this community every years, walking around, enjoying the shops, restaurants and people watching. Below, along the main streets you’ll find wonderful gardens planted for the enjoyment of visitors and local alike.
Below, is the round church St. Vincent De Paul. originally built a couple of hundred years ago. Those arriving by bus will walk right past the church getting to the main section of old town. If you drive, it is possible where you park you may not see the church. Be sure and find out where it is, because it will be close, and take a look.