Wednesday, October 2, 2019

The Smallest Chapel

One more ticked off the bucket list. The Niagara falls is actually the collective name of three waterfalls. Horseshoe Falls, Bridal Veil Falls and the American Falls. One fifth of the world's fresh water flows through the great Lakes and tumbles over Niagara Falls. 




Unfortunately it was a wet and rainy day (the first half) but it was worth the visit. We decided to skip the boat ride. The view from up was better and gives you a better perspective of the falls. 
Couldn't resist clicking this double decker bus which was parked close by.

A statue erected in remembrance of the men who fell in WW-I & WW-II



The world's smallest chapel is not far from the Niagara falls. Our tour bus did not have a scheduled stop at this place,  but slowed down by which I could get it in my video. (the picture below is from the internet) 
It is said that it can accommodate only 6 people, so if the pastor is in, then only five can get in.

Source : Internet

On the way back to Toronto there was a stop over at a small town known as Niagara on the Lake. There was something British about the whole place. 


It was not yet Fall, but the colours were showing, especially against the white.


This plaque gives a short description of the Town. Interesting to know that the Americans had captured it in May 1813 and had burned it down during their withdrawal 


Also found a cross road where the Kings St and the Queens St intersect. 


Saw these decorated horse carts waiting to give customers an interesting buggy ride. 


And some enjoying the ride 



This Hotel seems to be holding on well especially when its been standing there for more than one and half century. 


Some shops had some unique names like "The Owl and the Pussycat at the sign of the Pineapple" I walked in and asked the shop owner if there was any significance to the name, but she was not in a position to give me a plausible answer. 


A word of appreciation to the Queen Tour, the tour bus that we took. Very prompt, with a cheerful and witty driver. Wish they could add that stop at the smallest Chapel in their itinerary.


Saw this store of Ten Thousand villages on the same road.




The history of this store is very interesting. It all began with one woman (Edna Ruth Byler) 
In 1946 when Byler travelled with her husband to Puerto Rico, she met women in La Plata Valley who were struggling to feed their children. Having to live through hard times through the depression, she knew the face of poverty. She also knew the importance of dignity and people wanting to help themselves.
Byler was moved to do something. She saw the pieces of fine embroidery the women of La Plata created, but had no place to sell.  
If she, an American, was so struck by these unique textiles, perhaps other Americans too would appreciate their beauty. With no clear plan, but with a sense of purpose, Byler brought the pieces home and began to sell to the neighbours and friends.
Mennonite Central Committee, an aid and relief agency, saw the long term value that sustainable income opportunities would bring to impoverished villages. They supported Byler's endeavours and facilitated her travels abroad including India and Jordan.  

 pic courtesy "Ten Thousand Village"

It was a simple idea. But a pioneering one that would launch Ten Thousand Villages and blossom into a global fair trade movement.
I saw another outlet at the Amish village in Lancaster. 



More on the Lancaster village in the next blog. 

While we waited for the bus in the morning at Toronto, saw this church. A good example of the old against the new. 




134 comments:

Unknown said...

Beautiful

Unknown said...

Wow... Good job!

Haddock said...

Thanks for the comments. I don't know why Google (and Blogspot) chooses to show the name as "Unknown"
To circumvent this, it would be better if you put your name in the end :-)

Anonymous said...

Beautiful pictures. Interesting place. - Faith P.

Anvilcloud said...

There are a few Wayside Chapels like that in Ontario, at least here were. I know of one north of Peterborough that has been closed for a few years.

CAntony said...

http://www.offbeatominous.com/2017/01/the-owl-and-pussycatwith-pineapple.html?m=1

Here's a plausible story. Haha!
Thanks for sharing your adventures so beautifully!

Liz A. said...

Looks like a great trip. Beautiful scenery.

Andrew said...

Brings back nice memories of both the falls and the lovely town of Niagara. I was so interested that later I looked up how the lakes work, the falls and where the water goes.

Bijoux said...

Isn't Niagara Falls beautiful? I've visited a few times and have been on the Maid of the Mist boat tour. We actually honeymooned in Toronto. Loved its international feel.

Anonymous said...

Dear Joe, thanks for sharing. Very nice. Since I had visited Niagara Falls (as it was on my bucket list also) I could co relate the contents in this blog.
Other details too are informative and interesting.
Keep posting - U G Kulkarni

Shoyeb Ahmed said...

Thanks for sharing. Very good and interesting to see the Nigara falls and informative.

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Anonymous said...

Very nice. We had been to the Niagara from the USA side a couple of years back. Breathtaking scenic views and awesome sight that still lingers in my memory.
Nice video shot by you - Anand Torvi

joeh said...

Great bucket list item...better than going over in a barrel.

Anonymous said...

Very interesting tour. The Great Lakes was one of my favourite topics in Geography class. - Sunny Varghese

Anonymous said...

Thanks a lot Joe.
Wonderful. - Sanjay Bhave

Anonymous said...

Beautiful pictures and superb presentation. - Saji Jose

Jeanie said...

Hello, Haddock, and thank you for coming to my blog at Marmelade Gypsy. I'm so delighted it led me to yours. I'd never heard of the smallest chapel in the world -- and I'm sure it must be! That's very tiny! I was especially delighted to see your photos of Niagara on the Lake. They brought back memories of many trips to the town to enjoy theatre at their well known Shaw Festival, which is held each summer. Many of the sights you showed were familiar to me. (And ones I've blogged about, too!)

Count me as your newest follower!

Red Rose Alley said...

Oh my, that is a tiny Chapel. It looks welcoming. The Niagara Falls is lovely, and it's nice that you got to visit there. Wow, that double decker bus is something else! I always enjoy the horse and carriage rides here. The Hotel looks so old and charming. What a wonderful trip you had, even if it was wet and rainy.

Wishing you happy October days, Haddock.

~Sheri

Jenny Woolf said...

Such an interesting post. It brought back to me a visit I made to Niagara many years ago, we stayed in Niagara on the Lake, but we didn't see the store of a thousand villages which sounds such a great idea! I like Canada so appreciated this post.

Anonymous said...

Hi Joe, I liked everything, pictures, video and writeup about your Niagara trip.
You have quoted that about one fifth of the total fresh water flows there. You must have heard about the Baikal Lake, which holds another one fifth of total fresh water. - Satish Deshpande

Milind Bodas said...

Classic!

Anonymous said...

As usual marvellous photos and blog - Rama P.

Debbie D. said...

Lovely photos! Niagara Falls is a 45-minute drive from my house and we go there often. ☺ I'm glad you enjoyed your tour. It was interesting to read about the origins of Ten Thousand Villages. We have one here in town, as well. Thanks for stopping by The Doglady's Den, earlier. Cheers!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Hi Haddock! Thanks for popping by my blog the other day. Welcome to Canada! I hope you enjoy your trip here. I live in Alberta but have been down to Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake several times. You're right -- British influence is historically strong in the Niagara region.

Anonymous said...

Nice pictures, we were in Niagara Falls early September ourselves, so within 10 days of each other's visit. - Sindhu George

Sami said...

Lovely photos. I's been to Niagara Falls from the Canadian side, many, many years ago.
Sami

Tom said...

...when you were at the Falls, you were about a hour west of me. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Sandee said...

What a beautiful place to explore and that chapel is very small. Wow.

Have a fabulous day. ♥

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