I am a history nut and I was more than pleased to find myself at the place where a famous incident occurred during the War of 1812. This was at the ruins of the DeCew (also spelled 'DeCou') house. When we were children here in Canada, we were told the story of Laura Secord - a housewife who lived along the Niagara River. She chanced to overhear a conversation between an American sentry and his officer when they were discussing a surprise raid upon a unit of British soldiers who were bivouacked not far away.
From this point we hiked to the first waterfall that we would see that day - De Cew Falls. To reach that point we had to hike around De Cew Pond formed by the creek being dammed.
The view looks bleak - however, with no leaves on the trees as yet, the falls were easier to see and to photograph.
Near there was the old De Cew Mill (now renamed The Morningstar Mill). It was supposed to be open for tours but it was locked.
We ate our bag lunches there and then went on by car. Our next stop was at White Meadows Farm which boasts a large sugar bush. They have a shop selling maple syrup products and one of them really surprised me - 'Maple Syrup Mustard'. Huh?
No - I did not purchase any.
To the rear of the sugar bush was Swayze Falls.
More famous than the White Meadows Farm is the Henry Pelham Estate and its winery. We stopped there and enjoyed a taste. The bottles of wine which were for sale were more expensive than the ones I could buy in the liquor store across the street from where I live.
The final waterfall on this hike (more a motor trip) was Rockaway Falls.
Lower Rockaway Falls
Some of our group looking down upon the community of Thorold.