A hidden gem at the end of Vine Street

 (It’s been a long time since I posted here.. but have made a few treks around the region lately that have inspired me to get back at it… -SR-) I hesitate to say too much, but it seems that what I consider a “hidden gem” really isn’t that much of a secret. I saw a Twitter…

One-of-a-kind at Hernder Estates

With the plethora of fantastic wineries in Niagara Region, this is likely the first of many posts that involve a winery or winery feature. I thought it was a fitting one to start with, however. Hernder Estate Wines in St. Catharines has a unique feature not only among wineries across the region, but a structure…

The not so dominating Skylon

Call me old (actually no, please don’t) but I remember a day when hotels didn’t dominate the skyline in Niagara Falls. While it still stands out, the Skylon Tower was once King. It towered over pretty much everything when I was growing up. Does anyone remember Minolta Tower?? It too once stood out – a…

Glenridge Quarry: A balance between conservation and recreation

It’s hard to believe that a 105-acre property with lush green space and wildlife was once a giant garbage dump. Yes, the Glenridge Quarry Naturalization Site has a unique history. Now a large public open space with passive activities for families, students, environmentalists, walkers, joggers, hikers and board watchers, the property near Brock University was…

A centre of agricultural excellence

  In a region that is known for agricultural excellence, it’s hard to believe that the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre was at one time “withering on the vine”. Growing up in Lincoln, I’ve been familiar with what I always called the Vineland Research Station for most of my life. I can remember going there…

Prepare for the bridges to go up…

It’s that time of the season… In the coming days the Welland Canal returns to action. There’s something majestic about the sights of the lakers powering their way through the canal. That is, unless you feel inconvenienced when the various canal crossings go up. Sadly there are many people who find the canal and its traffic delays…