One of my favourite locations to visit in Southern Ontario is the small historic town of Niagara-on-the-Lake.
My affection for it is partly due to its beautiful location, nestled on the Niagara penninsula where the Niagara River meets Lake Ontario, and partly because my United Empire Loyalist ancestors, who fought for the Crown among the ranks of Butler’s Rangers, had a hand in helping to establish it as a village in 1792.
It is one of the oldest towns in Canada and undoubtedly, with its Regency and Classical Revival architecture, one of the loveliest. It is also the centre of a burgeoning wine growing region which makes it even more popular as a tourist destination. But that’s a thought for another day.
My focus here is this image captured on an unexpectedly warm day in mid March.
I was standing in a town park looking out toward the vast body of Lake Ontario, hoping perhaps to catch a glimpse of the Toronto skyline which, even though it is some 25 or so kilometres away, is perfectly visible on a clear day. However on this day, because of the high temperatures and the still frigid waters left over from winter, I was treated instead to this scene of absolute aquatic tranquility. A heat haze sitting on the water was immovable due to the absence of any kind of breeze.
I’ve taken in this view many times, but never have I witnessed the waters so still. It felt almost surreal.
If it hadn’t been for the fact we were hungry I could have meditated upon this inland sea until its disappearance in evening’s mist.
Thanks for visiting …