I was born and raised in the wonderful town of Niagara-on-the-Lake--and I was one of the last births that took place at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Hospital. I grew up in what the locals call "Old Town" and went to public school at Parliament Oak. My grandmother when I was young was actually my bus driver until I was at an age where I could ride my bike to and from school. My best friend lived down the street which made coming and going that much easier. We would play kick the can with the other kids on the street or hide and go seek and were always home before the street lights would come on. Niagara-on-the-Lake was a safe place to live and grow up and everyone knew someone who knew someone in town. It was also convenient that my best friends mom worked at "Beckers" now Avondale located on Mary Street was within walking distance from both of our homes for that quick pick me up of fun dip or hubba bubba after school.
My family home was built by my father on Butler Street, we lived there for about twelve years and then my dad made the big decision to build a new home on Paffard Street just off King and Charlotte Streets in Niagara-on-the-Lake during the 80's when interest rates went through the roof--it was a tough road finacially for a bit but we made it. My sister and I stil lived close enough to the Parliament Oak School that we could ride our bikes through the Niagara Commons--it was also a closer route to downtown Niagara-on-the-Lake where I would eventually get my first summer job as a bus girl at The Prince of Wales Hotel. I worked there for thirteen years and eventually became a dinner server in the dining room. It was a great job with alot of fun memories. I ended up going to school at the University of Guelph and took Food & Beverage Administration for four years--in between I would return to my job at The Prince of Wales Hotel for the summers in order to pay my way through school. Once I completed the course I got married to my high school sweetheart and best friend whom I met at Niagara District High School. We then decided to build our own home on a 13 acre treed lot just off of Hwy 55. We lived there for 12 years and decided to build another home in St.Daivds approximately 15 minutes from "Old Town" Niagara-on-the-Lake, while living there we found another home around the corner and tried our hand at a renovation. Currently we are residing in that home we renovated and have been here 5 years already--where has the time gone?? We have two children whom attend St.Davids Public School. They ride their bikes to school just like I did when i was their age--they have lots of friends on the street and it so happens we have an Avondale down the road from where we live. St.Davids like Niagara-on-the-Lake have alot of similarities as both areas are growing with new homes for sale and new developments sproutting up everywhere. Both areas have swimming pools and tennis courts to enjoy in the summer months and you must hit the Legion in Niagara-on-the-Lake or Lions Club in St.Davids for the fish and chips Thursdays and Fridays each week in the summer months.
Niagara-on-the-Lake was a great place growing up for me as a child and I find my children are also experiencing a safe and fun community in which they may someday raise their families in. #notlrealtor #homesforsale
-by Cheryl Carmichael