Ralston Independent Works Palace of Fine Arts and Ferry Tower, San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge
Golden Gate Bridge

Niagara-on-the-Lake Day

Whirlpool Aero Car

Thursday was a much coldier and windier day in contrast to yesterday's warm and sunny. We stopped by the Whirlpool Aero Car (Spanish Aero Car) to make sure we didn't want to take that ride on a windy day. There is an interesting history of building the car in Balboa, Spain. The international border lies in the middle of Whirlpool crossing, so the US government's permission was needed before the construction of the cable car.


The Floral Clock is a very popular stop on the Niagara Parkway. The planted face is maintained by Niagara Parks horticulture staff, while the mechanism is kept in working order by Ontario Hydro, the organization that originally built the clock in 1950.

Queenston-Heights, Brock's Monument

Continuing on at this historic Queenston Heights Park, we arrived at Brock's Monument. Almost two hundred years ago, the control of the Niagara River section of this international border was in constant dispute. Many decisive battles of the War of 1812 occurred along both sides of the river.

There are two inscriptions by the monument:

(North side)
"Near the spot Major-General Sir Isaac Brock, K.C.B., Provisional Lieutenant-Governor of Upper Canada, fell on the 13th of October, 1812, while advancing to repel the invading enemy."

(South side)
"This cenotaph was dedicated by the Prince of Wales (future King Edward VII) His Royal Highness Albert Edward on the 18th September, 1860."

Laura Second monument

Laura Ingersoll Secord (September 13, 1775 - October 17, 1868) was a Canadian heroine of the War of 1812. She is known for warning British forces of an impending American attack that led to the British victory at the Battle of Beaver Dams. The monument is located at the starting point of Laura Secord's perilous 32 kilometer- (20 mile) journey to warn the British commanders.

The view from Queenston Heights



From the left to right: Gini Robinson, Evelyn Brown, Roz Morris, Diane Morris, Maxine Westaway, Lana Ralston, Ximena Gonzalez, and Pamela Caudill.


Fort George

During the War of 1812, Fort George served as the headquarters for the Centre Division of the British Army. These forces included British regulars, local militia, aboriginal warriors, and Runchey's corps of freed slaves. Major General Sir Isaac Brock, "the Saviour of Upper Canada" served here until his death at the Battle of Queenston Heights in October, 1812.

At lunch time we stopped at Peller Estates Winery on the way to Niagara-on-the Lake. In 1927 Andrew Peller arrived in Canada from Hungary. He planted his first vineyards in British Columbia's Okanagan Valley. An offer to purchase a winery and winemaking license in Ontario was accepted in the spring of 1969.

Beautiful in its simplicity the table flower arrangement.

The winemaker Lawrence Buhler and Chef Jason Parsons work together tasting each wine and creating the perfect dish to pair it with.

We toasted to celebrate our 30th Anniversary Partnership Forum and World of Difference Awards. We are looking forward to experience the next conference. In Toronto we had a chance to witness presentations by some of the most accomplished women, who indeed made a difference in the world.

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