Girl sitting at the top of Ben Vorlich, Scotland
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I’m Ashley and I’m here to help you travel like a local in the places I know best: Niagara, Ontario (where I grew up) and Edinburgh, Scotland (my second home).

What will you find here?

About the blog

After a decade of travel and a stint living abroad in Edinburgh, I’m back in the place I know best: Niagara, Ontario. I was born and raised here, and I know there’s so much to see and do beyond wineries and waterfalls.

Beaches, hiking trails, cafes, restaurants—whatever you’re looking for, I’ve got you covered with tips and ideas for your next Niagara trip.

And since I’m a local, it’s my goal to help you explore Niagara like I would. That means uncovering more than just the popular spots and touristy attractions.

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Looking for the best things to do in Port Dalhousie? Want non-touristy restaurant recommendations for Niagara Falls?

Check out these articles about destinations across the Niagara Region—from St. Catharines to Niagara-on-the-Lake and more awesome places.

Since I love anything related to food and the outdoors, you’ll find lots of posts about those topics around here.

View from Port Dalhousie pier with lighthouse in the background
Port Dalhousie
Plate of oysters at Tide & Vine in Niagara Falls, Ontario
Niagara Falls

St. Catharines

According to Airbnb search data, St. Catharines is one of the top trending domestic destinations for Canadians in 2024.

Honestly, it took several years of me living in St. Catharines to realize how underrated this city is.

There are fantastic beaches, hiking trails, a handful of wineries, and the best restaurant scene in Niagara (in my opinion, at least).

Plus, it’s the perfect base if you want to spend a few days exploring places like Port Dalhousie, NOTL, and the Niagara Benchlands.