Christmas in Niagara

In 1999, my family and I put together a Time Capsule to celebrate the new Millennium! We each wrote a letter and put it inside and between my sister and myself we gathered different items to put into the canister, We had decided that in 2010 we would go somewhere for Christmas as a family and open the Time Capsule.

So early in 2010, my sister had the idea of Niagara Falls. We found a house to rent for a few days in Niagara on Lake (Heritage Trail Cottage) and made our way out there on December 24th!

Although we got a little lost on the way out of Toronto, it all worked out for the best as we found ourselves directly under the CN Tower. I had never been to Toronto (other than the airport), so it was fun to see downtown Toronto!

After finding our way onto the QEW, we stopped in a little town on the way to eat and in St.Catherines for groceries and liquor. We were determined to have a traditional Christmas dinner (not our typical traditional meal...which would be Ribs and Potato Salad), so we picked up a turkey, mashed potatoes and all the fixings! It turned out great!

We drove past several Estates and Wineries on the way to the house and was in awe at all the beautiful houses and the amount of wineries in the area!

The house was a large house with 4 large bedrooms (2 up and 2 down), 3 living areas ( 2 up and 1 down), fireplace, large kitchen and 2 bathrooms. It was very cozy and just the right size for the 7 of us.

In our travels we had dinner over looking Niagara Falls at The Keg, watched fireworks over the American side of the falls, had a visit from Santa, went up the Skylon Tower, saw a  short 4D movie on the falls, walked along the Falls sidewalk, took pics at the Generating station, toured Niagara on the Lake and visited the Butterfly Conservatory, Bird Kingdom and went wine tasting at Pillittery. Was a fun filled adventure!

Here are a few from the trip that have been processed. Family pics, falls and generating station will be the next ones processed. 

There are lots of others that can be viewed at

1)  Fireworks at the Falls

2)  Fireworks over the Falls

3) Butterfly Conservatory


4) Butterfly Conservatory


5) Butterfly Conservatory

6) Bird Kingdom an Albino Java Sparrow

7) Bird Kingdom, Golden Pheasant

8) Bird Kingdom, Zebra Finches in love


9) Iguana at Bird Kingdom


10) Bats at Bird Kingdom