Biking through Niagara

I organized a girls trip to the Niagara wine country to celebrate the Civic Holiday weekend. Sidenote – Canada, please get better at holiday names. Niagara-on-the-Lake is a charming little town in the middle of the Canadian wine region – bet you didn’t know that was even a thing!

On Friday afternoon I scooped up Maggie from the airport and we drove around the lake to NOTL, as the locals call it. We stocked our cottage with groceries and ran out to explore while we waited for the rest of our friends to arrive.

Niagara on the Lake restaurant

Get ready for all the cuteness!

Niagara on the Lake fence

White picket fence, of course

Niagara on the Lake mansion 1

This was the best, and Maggie couldn’t resist sneaking a peek.

Niagara on the Lake mansion 2

Worth it – check out this garden!

Niagara on the Lake mansion 3

phone booth

Inexplicable working(!) phone booth on the sidewalk

Later that evening Diana, Stephanie, Diana, and Jules arrived, cameras were forgotten, and we all caught up over a few bottles of wine.

The next morning we took advantage of our backyard dining room for breakfast.

Backyard breakfast

We made a frittata, kale salad, and bottomless mimosas.

Frittata and kale salad

We had to fuel up for our afternoon adventure – a vineyard tour by bike! Grape Escapes picked us up and took us to meet up with our bikes and group for the day.

Niagara winery bike tour

Lucky us, our guides for the day were spin instructors. I quickly re-learned how to ride a bike – way easier than a tandem – and we pedaled to our first winery of the day.

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We started with a lesson on why Niagara is such a great environment for wine and blah blah blah before getting to taste the goods.

Niagara winery bike tour

Niagara bike tour

Biking from winery to winery became easier and more hilarious as we went on…

Niagara bike tour

Niagara bike tour

Niagara bike tour

All action shots courtesy of Maggie, who is actually capable of pedaling and taking pictures at the same time, among other cool tricks.

Niagara bike tour

Boys with bikes

Our tour buddies just had to show off.

One of the best things about this tour was that we could buy wine at each vineyard and the company would follow in a truck to pick up our bottles to collect at the end. This also conveniently makes it easy to forget how much you’ve already purchased! After our tour we collapsed at the cottage with tons of food – luckily I’m friends with some talented chefs! Eventually our legs regained their strength and we decided to take a sunset stroll around town.

Niagara on the Lake

So close to the US!

Niagara on the Lake

Niagara on the Lake

Niagara on the Lake

Perfectly pink sky

Every other storefront in town is a gelato shop, but Gelato di Carlotta looked like the best one.

Niagara gelato

Gelato di Carlotta

Gelato-filled fruit!

Gelato di Carlotta

Gelato di Carlotta

The next morning we were hoping to swing by Niagara Falls on our way out of town, but sadly a flat tire thwarted our plans. On the upside, I did get to introduce the girls to Canadian Tire! It was more fun than it sounds.

Canadian Tire detour

With this group, even a trip to the mechanic is an exciting adventure. We parted ways in the parking lot and Maggie and I drove back to Toronto, but not without a quick stop at the Falls. More on that next time!

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