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With a meeting in Toronto planned for today, I took the opportunity to visit relatives in St. Catharines over the weekend.

I lived in that city for 6 months before enrolling at Ryerson, the school that would set my career path for many years to come. I took Radio and Television Arts ane while travel has taken over my public personna, advertising is still an important part of my life.

When I was at Ryerson, in the first year plus especially, most of my weekends were spent in St. Catharines.

It was a very satisfying time to touch base with cousins, their children, and grandchildren.

There was one thing that really struck me while driving back and forth, and it reinforce why that region has become such a popular tourist destination.

The signs told the story. Kilometre after kilometre, after passing by Hamilton, and to some extent even before held our invitations.

Play golf here, or visit our winery.

That is part of the new tourist personality.

Both were certainly there then but the wine quality in the Niagara region is now often world class, as are the golf tracks.

In a few weeks Blossom Sunday will draw out thousands to view the beginnings of thier other great economic driver, the fruit orchards.

It has been many years since I returned to those roots, but it will not be that long again.