We Went to Niagara Falls.

I apologize for being absent from the blog, Facebook, Instagram over the last two weeks. I have good reason, though: We were vacationing in the Niagara Falls area of Ontario, Canada! The two awesome guest posts that Erin and Maat contributed were a nice consolation, right? (Read Erin’s post HERE and Maat’s post HERE)

This was our first time to the Niagara Falls area. We actually stayed at Dressel’s Jordan Valley Campground outside of the Village of Jordan Valley, which is about 30 minutes from the city of Niagara Falls, Ontario. I cannot say enough about this amazing campground! The owners were friendly and welcoming, the campground clean and secluded, and the location convenient for traveling to other attractions in the area. We like staying outside of the cities in more secluded areas, and then drive a short distance to ‘be a tourist’. 

We visited Fort George, which is near the city of Niagara-on-the-Lake, and learned a lot about the War of 1812 (a topic not covered in any detail in my high school social studies curriculum). 

To get to Fort George, we drove on the scenic Lakeshore Road and Niagara Parkway, which was right along the Niagara River and Lake Ontario. We stopped at roadside produce stands to buy fresh strawberries and asparagus, and had a picnic lunch at one (of the many) parks along the road.

Of course, we also visited the Falls, and were amazed.

The city of Niagara Falls is built right beside the Falls, which is kind of sad. There’s really nothing ‘natural’ about the area surrounding the Falls. There are like 3 casinos a block away from the Falls, and the general area is a big, expensive tourist trap. 

There is a nice parkway along the Falls and Niagara River, which we stuck closely to as to avoid the more ‘tourist-y’ shops and chain restaurants. Aside from parking (which was $20 for an all-day pass - the cheapest we could find in the whole city), we didn’t spend any money in the city of Niagara Falls. It was a huge tourist trap. We much preferred to give our money to locally owned restaurants and farm stands for handmade goods. 

We also took a tour of the historic Village of Jordan, grabbed a pizza at Jordan Pizza, and just spent some time in our quiet campground around the campfire. 

Because Niagara Falls is about 12 hours from our Eastern Iowa home, we spent a night at Shamrock RV Park and Campground a few miles off of Lake Michigan near the town of Berrien Springs, Michigan. We stayed here for two nights on the way out to Canada, and for one night on the way back. 

We LOVED Shamrock. In fact, we made plans to visit here again in the fall, perhaps, to explore more of the Eastern coast of Lake Michigan.

This park was HUGE, only a short trail walk from town, and was spacious and beautiful. In fact, our site was right on the St. Joseph river. 

While our vacation was amazing and much needed, we are happy to be home. I missed my garden and the chickens (our pet sitter did a fabulous job!), and seeing my friends and family. 

Have you ever been to Niagara Falls? Tell me about your trip! Where will your summer travels take you this year?


  1. Wow amazing pictures. Looks so peaceful.

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