Whether you want to enjoy a walk in the Heritage District in Niagara-on-the-Lake, or take in a local wineries tour, or maybe a fun bicycle ride through the countryside, the Niagara-on-the-Lake region has so much to offer to visitors. Located on the shores of Lake Ontario, Niagara-on-the-Lake is a quaint town with well preserved late 19th century buildings and is famous for its wineries.
The beautiful countryside beyond the town and into the Escarpment is populated with vineyards – home to some of Canada’s best wineries producing award-winning wines. The region offers many renowned restaurants and the acclaimed Shaw Festival Theatre.
Here are some of our favourite attractions:
The Shaw Festival
The Shaw Festival is one of North America’s cultural gems. The Shaw runs shows from April to October every year. There are musicals, comedies, dramas, mysteries and classics along with family-friendly offerings – something for everyone. For the holiday season, The Shaw puts on A Christmas Carol on stage in November and December. Beyond the stage, the Shaw Festival offers great workshops, seminars and backstage tours. More information can be found here: The Shaw Theatre
No visit is complete without visiting the over 20 wineries in the Niagara-on-the-Lake region. There is a range – from corporate wineries to smaller boutique wineries. Ice wine is unique to this region and definitely worth a try. Check it out here: Niagara-on-the-Lake Wineries
Fort George National Historic Site
Fort George served as a military post that defended Upper Canada against American attacks during the War of 1812. The site is open year-round and you can take in musical performances, military demonstrations, eat food cooked over an open fire, and put on a redcoat and learn how to fire a musket! Find out more at: Fort George National Historic Site
Niagara-on-the-Lake Golf Club
This golf course has the tag line “Oldest Golf Course in North America”. Besides that, this full-length 9 hold course provides players with scenic views of the lake and the experience of playing on grounds invlved in the war of 1812. The club is open to the public and has a pretty patio with a view for the post-game food and drink. You can reserve your tee times here: Niagara-on-the-Lake Golf Club
Visit the Falls!
Niagara Falls is not Niagara-on-the-Lake – but it is great to know that you can drive 25 minutes to see the specatular Falls. When you are there, make sure you visit the Journey Behind the Falls for some great views, vew the American Falls and the Horsheshoe Falls from the Skylon Tower, take the boat tour to get close to the falls, and visit the Butterfly Conservatory. You can see more about visiting NIagara Falls here: Niagara Falls Tourism
Stay at the Amberlea House – 285 John St. West !
When you visit Niagara-on-the-Lake, the best thing to do is to get into the vibe of the town. To do this, stay at our vacation rental in town – and feel the surrounding charm and warmth!