20 Telltale Signs You're From Niagara On The Lake

Known by locals as NOTL (pronounced nottle).

Commonly confused with neighbouring cities like Niagara Falls and St. Catharines, Niagara on the Lake is its own town. With less than 20,000 people and more breweries than grocery stores, Niagara on the Lake is the quintessential small town with a big heart.

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As an ideal day trip destination or weekend getaway, Niagara on the Lake has small town charm and lots to do and see. So if you grew up or have ever lived in Niagara on the Lake, here are 20 things you can totally relate to: 

  1.  If you’re from Old Town, driving around cyclists is one of your top skills.


  2. You dread summer because of tourist season.


  3. You refer to Niagara as ‘The Island’.


  4. You call Butler’s, Sporty’s.


  5. The Welland Canal bridge app is always open on your phone.  


  6. You avoid driving on the weekends because of tourists.


  7. You wait all year for strawberry lemonade season.


  8. Your household has at least 2 dogs.


  9. On an average day you start drinking around 3pm at the latest.


  10. You have a favourite fruit stand.


  11. You don’t duck when you hear bird bangers. (In fact you know what bird bangers are).


  12. You know the Penners.


  13. You’ve almost been run over by the horse carriages.


  14. You know the struggle of getting stuck behind someone going 35 on East West Line.


  15. You call Downtown, Old Town.


  16. You’ve been on a date at the candlelight stroll.


  17. You've had arguements about where the best place to watch the sunset is. 


  18. You have at least 10 bikes in your home.


  19. You have a favourite fruit festival.


  20. Although small, you treasure the memories made in Niagara on the Lake.

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