The Leaf Peeper Ramble travel blog

Fort George

Part of Fort George defenses

The officers lived well

Lots of smoke from firing a musket

Lots of gunpowder - still used by the re-enactors.

They weren't kidding

A prisoner

Fort Niagara is across the water in the US

Jim testing the waters of Lake Ontario

Niagara-on-the-Lake is a lovely town

Ready to get wet

Bridge of Niagara River

See how small the Maid of the Mist is?

Top of Horseshoe Falls

American Falls

See how high that spray goes!

The beautiful Niagara Parkway

A lovely rainbow

Feel the spray

What power

The neighborhood around our hotel. Wild

The Skywheel quite near our hotel


Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada The first half of our day was devoted to Fort George. Built in 1796, Fort George was a factor in the War of 1812. We toured the fort which is staffed by some wonderful re-enactors. Did you know that bayonets were triangularly shaped because surgeons could not sew up a triangular wound? The soldiers used muskets which create a great deal of smoke when fired. Thus the soldiers wore bright red uniforms so they could see their fellow soldiers. The muskets must be filled with a small amount of gunpowder in the pan and then down the barrel. The gunpowder was in a small paper tube that had to be torn open with one's teeth. Thus it was a requirement of all soldiers that they have 2 teeth - one top and one bottom that came together. Apparently there were quite a few who did not qualify! We also learned that Major General Brock from Fort George was killed by an American soldier. Our guide told us that wasn't much of a feat to brag about since Brock was 6'5", had a 52" chest and 42" waist and wore a red uniform with a bright sash so he presented a huge target. After a number of hours learning numerous facts, we walked into town, Niagara-on-the-Lake, for a late lunch. Sandi, always more adventurous than Jim, tried the Chicken Peach Pot Pie. The taste is very hard to describe! Niagara-on-the-Lake is a very attractive town with wonderful flowers and great shops everywhere. We also walked down to Lake Ontario, our 5th Great Lake, to test the waters. The water is not cold at all. Then we returned to Niagara Falls. Our hotel is wonderfully located just 3 blocks from Niagara Parkway. We got our tickets for the Maid of the Mist, donned our rain ponchos and, since Jim insisted we stand at the very front of the boat,got drenched. It was great. We walked the entire length of the parkway. The grounds are beautiful. We took lots of pictures - all unique shots no other tourist ever thought of taking!

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