Niagara residents are incredibly lucky. Having lived in several locations during my life, I finally feel like I’m home.
It’s a funny thing for an American to say, really.
Dan, my dear Canadian husband, has also enjoyed a varied residency (US and Canada alike). Together we both have covered New Brunswick, Maine, Missouri, Arizona, British Columbia and finally Ontario.
Our favourite is Niagara. A pretty obvious statement since we’ve dedicated an entire website about that fact.
Niagara’s perfect landscapes and bountiful seasons pale in comparison to its people. There is a community here unlike any other I’ve encountered. As a whole, we have met so many smiling faces, warm greetings and overall friendliness. Sometimes I feel like I’ve walked into Mayberry or Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.
In the places I’ve lived as an adult, there were never really any connections within our resident block. I’m not saying they weren’t out there but the friendly faces were harder to find. In Niagara it seems you can’t walk out of a coffee shop without grinning like a fool from the kindness that was waiting for you inside.
As a youth it seemed that making friends was so easy. You’d just run up to someone at school, give them a sticker and then you’d be BFFs. Elementary school anyway; high school was a teensy bit different. As an adult, making friends is an enormous task for most. We don’t have school. Many co-workers are just that: co-workers.
As far as connections go, Niagara makes it easier to meet people than most. From shopping at Farmers Markets, attending events or just leisurely strolls in the park, saying “Hello” to a smiling face has become custom. People here are open to conversation; they are quick to talk about their lives and passions.
I am truly proud to call myself a resident of Niagara and look forward to many years of fast friends and community engagement.
As we are approaching cooler weather and in the spirit of community, please make sure you are paying attention to your neighbours. Some are not as accessible as most at raking leaves or shoveling snow. Celebrate your able body and lend a hand where you can!