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Monday, September 26, 2022
Exploring Photos: Paradise Grove Ferry – The Albino
Paradise Grove - The Albino
Paradise Grove - The Albino Niagara-on-the-Lake Museum.

The Niagara wharf and marina was used by more than just the Canada Steamship Lines passenger ships. Locals were very enterprising when it came to profiting from the thousands of visitors to Niagara-on-the-Lake each summer. This is the steam tug Abino, which was owned by Joseph Masters and his brothers in the early part of the 20th century.  They used the boat for fishing, but also taxied people between the dock area and Paradise Grove for 10 cents per person. The Grove was a picnic spot on the Fort George reserve that had a pavilion and swings for those who wanted to get away from it all. Today, many of you drive right through this small forest on your way into Old Town from the Niagara Parkway. It is near the intersection of John Street, Queen’s Parade and Ricardo Street. Note the Niagara-on-the-Lake Sailing Club, formerly a Canada Steamship Lines building, is in the background at centre-right.