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May. 21, 2022 | Saturday
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Editorial: Get outside and enjoy our town
A Chautauqua resident canoes Lake Ontario Sunday. (Jordyn Mottola/Special)

Now that spring is finally showing its colours, it’s the perfect time to get out of the house and explore all of the wonderful activities this town has to offer — both the well-known ones and those a little off the beaten path.

As far as well-known attractions, we encourage you to walk or bike the Niagara Parkway, all the way to Queenston and beyond, if you’re really ambitious. In Niagara Falls, the Niagara Glen (the gorge) offers a fantastic hiking trail for the more active explorer.

There are also plenty of places to go for wine and beer tastings, and as the summer progresses we have a plethora of outdoor events to attend. Check our calendar weekly for some of the best things to do in Niagara-on-the-Lake and the surrounding area.

Among some of our less-known places, Niagara Shores park along Lakeshore Road might be one of the best-kept secrets. If you haven’t taken a walk down there, we recommend it. There are wild raspberries and strawberries, an abundance of wildlife, including deer and endangered bank swallows. And, of course, you’ll typically meet other residents walking their dogs.

As well, there are plenty of local businesses to take advantage of, including paddle boarding experiences, bike and scooter tours and rentals, ghost treks and wine tastings.

The Lake Report encourages readers to spend time hiking our local trails, exploring history and combing our beaches. Take your cameras out, turn off your cellphone data and plunge yourself into the outdoors of Niagara’s green belt.