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Written by Dieter Birk   

Our Niagara Location

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You can find us just off the old Indian Trail, adjacent to the Bruce Trail. We're in the:

 Green Belt (rural) 

 Fruit Belt (apples, cherries, peaches, grapes)

Flower Belt (greenhouses)

 Bible Belt (churches, schools)

 Grey Belt (retirees) 

 

From Toronto:  Fly due south, or take Queen Elizabeth's way, to  her grandmother Victoria's avenue; go south  till you get to lights at their cousin Frederick's ave . Keep going until  Frederick shows up again, by the red brick Manors and the yellow-brick Rittenhouse loo. Look for the brass horse and the clubhouse flag.

From Niagara Falls:  Travel the old Iroquois Trail, along the Wine Route to where the King's street meets Victoria's.  Go north till you see The Manors; turn left  at Frederick's ave. and look for the brass horse and flag. The WebMaster officiates in Kerry's Court, past the fruits and the nuts.

Heritage Club coordinates: 

 Latitude +43 degrees 09' 34"E 

 Longitude -79 degrees 23' 42"W   

Heritage Village is Canada’s internationally acclaimed adult leisure community, built on 47 acres, in the heart of the Niagara Peninsula. We are nested at the base of the Niagara Escarpment, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.  Flanked by two Great Lakes, to the north and south of us, our micro-climate is uniquely suited for viniculture, fruits, flora and retirement.  Our homes are surrounded by millions of acres of fruit trees, vineyards, strawberry fields and greenhouses.  The Bruce Trail is at our door step to keep us fit, and the seasonal migration of hawks and eagles attunes us to nature.

 

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Heritage Village is part of the hamlet of Vineland, amalgamated with Beamsville and Jordan, to form the Town of Lincoln.   Together we are the Twenty Valley tourist region, along the watershed of Twenty Mile Creek. There are more than 80 wineries along the Niagara Wine Route, between Grimsby and Niagara-on-the-Lake. Harvest time triggers fall festivals with the finest of food, wine and arts.  From the Spring bloom of cherry trees to the deep-freeze harvest of ice wines, there is never a dull moment, as the seasons cycle.  For walkers and bikers, there are the rural roads and trails to nearby Jordan shops, or the conservation area of Balls Falls.

 

Our Neighbours

A short drive east are the majestic Niagara Falls, and home of Canada’s greatest tourist attractions, from world-class golf courses, casinos, and theatre; to family fun in water parks, butterfly and bird conservatories; indoor-skydiving; marine parks and much more.  Where else can you entertain all ages, wet or dry?   Closer to home, just kilometers east, is the west-end of St. Catharines, (population 132,000), nicknamed the Garden City.  Here you find restaurants, big box stores, Brock University and shopping malls gallor.  A major new medical facility is under construction, on our side - just a pleasant country drive away.   

Golden Horseshoe

goldenCanada’s largest city, Toronto is 1.5 hours drive away, but the CN Tower is visible on a clear day, from across Lake Ontario.  The International Border is 30 minutes east, and Buffalo International Airport can be reached in 45 minutes.  To the west, 45 minutes gets you to Hamilton, a port city of 505,000 as you enter the Golder Horseshoe of Canada's industrial heartland.  The city has an International Airport, far less crowded than Toronto’s Pearson International Airport (1.5 hours away) with 16 flights to Calgary weekly.   Hamilton, traditionally a steel town, is transforming into a culture and cure centre, with attractions like the Royal Botanical Gardens, Canadian Warplane Museum, Canadian Football Hall of Fame, and training centers at McMaster University and Health Sciences Centre.   

The rest of the Niagara Peninsula beckons with the lifestyle of rural Ontario mixed with Old Europe flavour.  Look for the vinicultural castles on the ridges, where the rich and famous liquify their money, in a search forcastle class.  They compete for your attention with free wine tasting or a patio lunch.  Wayne Gretsky's winery is within sight of our Village, and the Vineland Estate Winery, up the hill, is a favourite wedding venue.  Some 78 more are waiting to be discovered, on the "Bench", along the Wine Route, towards the Lake shore, and in the towns.  

 

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