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  • Writer's pictureJen Bedard

The Communities of NOTL - St. Davids

St. Davids, much like the other rural and urban neighbourhoods of Niagara-on-the-Lake, offers many lovely homes for families with young children and for retirees.

Like most of the area, St. Davids is steeped in history and the village sits at the base of the escarpment. The Four Mile Creek meanders through the beautiful village as it makes its way to Lake Ontario and its source, the St. David’s springs, is halfway up the escarpment.

Before the War of 1812, St. David’s was a hub of activity with four mills, a distillery barrel and shoemaker. The mills were powered with water from the creek.

The war years were turbulent for the village and it was taken by the Americans six times, before finally being destroyed by them as they were driven out in 1814.

Tender fruit farming changed the economy of the village and in 1970 the community was incorporated into the new regional town of Niagara-on-the-Lake.

The village school, St. David’s Public School, serves Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8 but there is a choice of several schools in the other nearby neighbourhoods.

Shopping may not be abound in St.Davids, but Virgil and Old Town NOTL do have many shops. Otherwise St. Catharines is great for a shopping expedition.

Scattered around the area of the municipality are 2 community centres, 2 ice arenas, 1 marina, 3 theatres and sports grounds, which include pools, tennis courts and 5 public golf courses.

There are many exciting exploration opportunities in the area that is especially known for its wineries, fruit farms and historical battlefields from the War of 1812.

Niagara-on-the-Lake is home to the Shaw Festival (where productions of George Bernard Shaw and his contemporaries are presented) and has four theatres and the heavenly Chautauqua Amphitheatre. Gourmets in the area take pleasure in its vibrant restaurant scene.

For those that like to sail the waters, Lake Ontario and the Lower Niagara River are nearby. Beach activities are always popular in Niagara as well. Mississauga Point is at the mouth of the Niagara River and is also a popular beach and fishing spot.

The Bruce Trail begins in Queenston and follows the Niagara Escarpment, where hikers can join it at any point following it to the Bruce Peninsula that juts into Lake Huron.

St. Davids and the surrounding areas of Niagara-on-the-Lake are known for their relaxed pace and lush vegetation encouraged by the high annual rainfall. St. Davids and the other areas of Niagara-on-the-Lake are a wonderful place to live.

The balanced real estate market in the communities of Niagara-on-the-Lake offers opportunities for buyers and sellers alike. This is the ideal time for those who want to downsize or upsize their homes.

The average selling prices in Niagara has been higher than the previous 9 months and the trend seems likely to continue.

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