Episode 19: Silurian Adventure Trail

January 6th, 2011 4 Comments »

Checking in once again from Woodend Conservation Area and checking out the fresh snow cover on the Silurian Adventure Trail, a side trail of the mighty Bruce

Episode 18: Woodend Conservation Area

December 30th, 2010 2 Comments »

Checking in from Woodend Conservation Area, a 56 hectare preserve on the Bruce Trail overlooking Niagara-on-the-Lake

Episode 17: Upper Canada Heritage Trail

December 9th, 2010 2 Comments »

Checking in from the Upper Canada Heritage Trail, an old railway bed that takes you from the Escarpment through wine country and into Niagara-on-the-Lake

Episode 16: Launch Point for the Capture of Fort Niagara

December 2nd, 2010 Comments Off on Episode 16: Launch Point for the Capture of Fort Niagara

As you travel the Greater Niagara Circle Route down along the Parkway towards Niagara-on-the-Lake you’ll pass by an unassuming little historical plaque next to a ravine, reading “The Capture Of Fort Niagara 1813.” The marker’s not only a few kilometers from Fort Niagara, it’s on the wrong side of the river. In fact it’s commemorating the ravine itself, where the attack was launched.

Episode 15: Fort Drummond & Fort Riall

November 18th, 2010 1 Comment »

Everyone in Niagara knows about Fort George and its American counterpart Fort Niagara. The historic sites have been meticulously restored and are quite well marketed during the annual tourist rush. Not as many would be familiar with Fort Drummond and Fort Riall, despite the fact that they’ve probably been there countless times on family picnics or walking the dog.

Episode 14: The Pavilion Hotel

November 11th, 2010 Comments Off on Episode 14: The Pavilion Hotel

Checking in from the misplaced monument commemorating the old Pavilion Hotel, the first prestigious Niagara hotel which burned down twice, fought the Upper Canada rebellion, and housed a team of city founders.

Episode 13: Loretto Academy

November 4th, 2010 7 Comments »

Checking in from the historic Loretto Academy with Cathy Marie Buchanan, author of “The Day The Falls Stood Still.” Cathy shares her thoughts on planned redevelopment of the site.

Episode 12: St. Mark’s Cemetery

October 28th, 2010 3 Comments »

The cemetery behind St. Mark’s Anglican Church in Niagara-on-the-Lake is one of the oldest in Ontario. It’s also rumoured by locals to be one of the more haunted sites in the region.

Episode 11: Butler’s Burial Ground

October 21st, 2010 3 Comments »

Butler’s Burial Ground, reportedly one of the most haunted sites in all of Niagara, is the last resting place of Lieutenant-Colonel John Butler, along with members of his family and Butler’s Rangers.

Episode 10: Welland Vale

October 14th, 2010 Comments Off on Episode 10: Welland Vale

There’s no monument to Welland Vale. The small valley on Twelve Mile Creek near Downtown St. Catharines is a spot that the public widely ignores but its absolutely essential to the history of the Niagara Region. This is the birthplace of the Welland Canal system.