Le Papillon Bed & Breakfast
Niagara on the Lake
Your hosts Patrice and Louis welcome you to their lovely home located in the heart of Niagara-on-the-Lakeâs Old Town district. We are only two blocks from Queen (main) Street, within easy walking distance to the Shaw Festival Theatres, restaurants and shops.
You have a private guest entrance. All of our guest rooms are located on the main floor and include luxury pillow top beds providing an excellent night's sleep. Each of our guest rooms has an ensuite bathroom.
Our home is smoke free. We offer central air conditioning for those hot summer days. Stroll in our gardens or enjoy the view from the screened porch; or sit back in the guest lounge (with satellite TV) which is also located on the main floor. We offer a daily morning newspaper, complimentary bottled water and a shared guest fridge for your convenience.
Owner(s) speak fluent French, Ensuite (attached) or Private Bathroom, Hot Breakfast Served, Ground Floor Room, Private Entrance, Air Conditioned, Free High Speed Wireless Internet, Local Calls Free From Onsite Phone, Outdoor Screened Area For Guests, Deck Seating Area
Weather permitting, enjoy a gourmet breakfast from our screened porch, overlooking our extensive perennial gardens (a birdwatcherâs delight) and watch horse drawn carriages pass by. We strive to provide a healthy menu and will gladly accommodate dietary requests. Our breakfast changes daily and is accompanied by fresh fruit, fresh bread/croissants/muffins, selected (drug-free) Mennonite meats, free-range farm fresh eggs, and a full hot entree.
Stroll back through history and enjoy world class theatre, fine dining, shopping, our estate wineries, farm markets and historical sites.
Niagara-on-the-Lake is framed by the stunning beauty of the Niagara River, Lake Ontario, thousands of acres of lush farmlands and the Niagara Escarpment. The beautiful natural setting provides a unique backdrop for the varied attractions offered in the area.
Visitors are welcomed by a temperate climate that is well-suited to year 'round travel. The gorgeous gardens and well maintained historic homes reflect the fierce pride of the townspeople who have been an integral part of the ongoing commitment to maintaining a living, working historic town.
See a performance by the world-renowned Shaw Festival Theatre company ( http://www.shawfest.com/ ) which presents a selection of 11 plays and musicals in repertory from April through November in three very different theatres -- the Royal George Theatre which was originally built for vaudeville in 1913 and has now been renovated as a glittering little opera house; the Courthouse Theatre which is in the upper level of the Town's heritage courthouse building and the Festival Theatre, a proscenium playhouse that commands a prime position on Queen's Parade as one enters the town from the Niagara River Parkway.
The Shaw Festival presents the works of Bernard Shaw and his contemporaries, along with new productions set in Shaw's lifetime. This broad mandate allows the company to provide diverse entertainment to visitors and has been a key to the successful development of a committed, loyal base of theatre patrons who return year after year to enjoy the lavish productions.
Niagara-on-the-Lakeâs many attractions include historic sites - Fort George
( http://www.niagara.com/~parkscan/ ), the Historical Society Museum, the marina, our heritage business district for shopping, golf courses (33 in the Niagara region), parks and beautiful farmland, agricultural markets and our world famous Niagara wineries.
Other area attractions have expanded to address the interests of visitors--it's an unusual weekend if one finds no musical entertainment or special event being held somewhere in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
All through the Spring, Summer and Fall months, the town is alive with people celebrating the bounty of nature -- the harvest of the tender fruits native to Niagara-on-the-Lake and the massive success of the wine industry. Fourteen wineries call Niagara-on-the-Lake home and they are connected by a wine route that allows for easy sightseeing. Shuttle services to the wineries are offered from the town centre, as well as winery tours by bicycle. Visitors can see the grapes being grown in the vineyards and enjoy the fruits of the harvest over a gourmet dinner at several first-class winery restaurants.
Winter is a wonderful time to enjoy Niagara-on-the-Lake, with the annual Candlelight Stroll on the first Friday of December attracting thousands of local people and visitors alike, sharing the goodwill of the Holiday Season. Carolers sing Christmas songs from the Courthouse steps and from various corners throughout town, entertaining strolling visitors who carry candles in support of local charities.
The Heritage District offers many unique shops and services and the retailers are proud to present memorable merchandise. The shopping experience is not limited strictly to the Heritage area, however, as the surrounding countryside offers a selection of antique shops and farm markets.
A visit to the Visitors and Convention Bureau of the Chamber of Commerce, located in the historic Court House, will allow visitors to view the many year round attractions, as well as special events. In many cases tickets can be purchased on the spot or on line at www.niagaraonthelake.com.
With all of the marvelous activities hosted in Niagara-on-the-Lake, the overriding ambience is always that of tradition and history. Niagara-on-the-Lake has a number of historic sites open to visitors and there is no site more patriotically stirring than the view from Canada's Fort George ( http://www.niagara.com/~parkscan/ ) over the Niagara River to the American Fort Niagara. Battles are recreated at Fort George on various dates during the year and our history is kept alive through the preservation of these important sites and ongoing public education.
Take a carriage ride through the Old Town, or a jet boat up the Niagara River. Our town attracts thousands of visitors who stroll the old streets, dine in our many varied restaurants.
Walking, cycling, roller blading, motoring throughout the countryside are all options in Niagara-on-the-Lake and with so much to see and do, it's wise to plan on spending a few days in town. Make sure to reserve in advance.
A short drive along the scenic Niagara Parkway leads to Queenston Heights and Niagara Falls. Enroute, take a moment to visit the Butterfly Conservatory ( http://www.niagaraparks.com/garden/butterfly.php) at the Niagara Parks Commission site. On the grounds of the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens, the Conservatory is home to one of North America's largest collection of free flying butterflies. This year round exhibit showcases a wide variety of butterflies (over 2, 000 free flying butterflies to see) from around the world living in a lush, rain forest like environment. A 183 m (600 ft.) network of pathways provides access for the physically challenged throughout the 1,022 square metre (11,000 square foot) conservatory, allowing visitors a rare opportunity to watch numerous species of butterflies floating majestically among nectar producing flowers such as lantanas, pentas, and passion flowers.
Just 20 minutes along the Niagara Parkway is Niagara Falls, with its spectacular views of the Falls and for the more adventuresome looking to take a chance, Casino Niagara ( http://www.niagarafallshoteldeals.com/ ) and Fallsview Casino ( http://www.bestwestern-niagara.com/attractions/fallsview_casino.html?gclid=CNuR1sDYk40CFRrnPgodfFOrpQ ).
Visit Niagara-on-the-Lake and and, if even for a little while, journey back in time to a more leisurely time - the age of Niagara-on-the-Lake!
From Toronto or Detroitâ¦ take the QEW towards Niagara, past St Catharines to the exit for Niagara-on-the-Lake. Follow Highway 55 into Niagara-on-the-Lake. Pass through the village of Virgil, then through an intersection with a McDonalds on the right and continue straight into the âOld Town' of Niagara-on-the-Lake. In the âOld Townâ Highway 55 becomes Mississauga Street. Pass straight through the intersection with a street light (Mary Street). Continue on Mississauga Street for 3 more blocks past a cemetery on the right. At the end of the cemetery is Gage Street. Turn right and in 2 blocks you will find Le Papillon at the corner of Gate Street.
From Buffalo... cross the Peace Bridge into Canada, follow the QEW past Niagara Falls. Take the exit for Niagara-on-the-Lake. Then follow the above instructions.
From Niagara Falls, NYâ¦ take Interstate 190 through Niagara Falls, NY and follow the signage to the Canadian border at the Lewiston Bridge. After clearing Canadian Customs and the toll booths follow the signage for Niagara-on-the-Lake. This will direct you to the Niagara Parkway which will lead you directly onto Queen (main) Street in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Follow Queen Street through town, pass the Tower Clock and the Post Office. Turn left onto Gate Street for 2 blocks, then turn left onto Gage Street where you will find Le Papillon at the corner.