Becoming Niagarafied

I have always been a big-city girl.

I was born and raised in Toronto. I would happily make my home in London, England. I adore Paris. I love Montreal and Quebec City. I have been in many other big cities and love the vibe, the culture, the fabulous restaurants.

So it came as a great surprise to my friends when my sweetie, my mama and I pulled up our roots, left our beautiful west Toronto neighbourhood, and bought a bed and breakfast in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

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Who am I kidding? It was a bit of a surprise to me too.

But things have changed. I have changed. And I have found in this town of 15,ooo people – and in the Niagara region overall – an amazing vibe, fantastic culture, and more fabulous restaurants.

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Running a B&B, I meet people from all over the world. All of them comment on what a special region Niagara is. Many come back year after year. Some come for the Shaw Festival, some for the wineries. Some come to indulge in our top-notch restaurants. And some come just to walk the streets, window shop and relax. No matter what you choose to do here, there is magic.

I have found that I don’t miss city life as much as I thought I would. I am actually getting out more than I did in Toronto. I can pop out to a winery on a Wednesday afternoon for a wine-tasting. I can walk to three theatres and several amazing restaurants. I can walk (a whole two blocks away!) to Lake Ontario, sit on a bench, and wave to Toronto while watching the sun set.

It’s funny, but I am living more of the urban life that I love in this beautiful small town.

And absolutely loving it.