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If you’re think­ing about a part-time or retire­ment des­ti­na­tion, or if you fan­cy your­self an innkeep­er, wine-mak­er, or restau­ra­teur, Ontario’s Niagara region has a lot to offer.

Everyone knows Niagara for the epony­mous Falls that draw throngs of hon­ey­moon­ers and tourists. But more upscale attrac­tions bring vis­i­tors to the region, too, cre­at­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties for food‑, wine‑, and tourism-relat­ed busi­ness­es and estab­lish­ing vibrant com­mu­ni­ties for part-time residents.

In fact, the Niagara Peninsula has become one of Canada’s major wine-pro­duc­ing regions. With its hot sum­mers and freez­ing win­ters, Ontario is the world’s largest pro­duc­er of ice wine, a sweet, intense­ly fla­vor­ful dessert wine. Not only are the region’s more than 50 winer­ies putting out increas­ing­ly high-qual­i­ty prod­ucts, the area is attract­ing more and more wine tourists.

– Excerpted from the book, Living Abroad in Canada. To read more, buy the book.

Photo ©Carolyn B. Heller