Niagara-on-the-Lake: Touring Without a Car

Collage of Niagara-on-the-Lake photos - gazebo, cenotaph, couple in vineyard, grapes on the vine

Residents of Niagara-on-the-Lake have long considered our town a special piece of Canadian paradise. After all, it’s been known as “the prettiest town in Canada” for decades. And now, the world knows it, too! Condé Nast Traveler has listed Niagara-on-the-Lake among the 50 most beautiful towns in the world! And your accommodation hosts are ready to welcome you with open arms.

When you do decide to visit us, chances you will drive yourself here. However, once you’re here, you might prefer to park your vehicle and forget about it. Other visitors may depend on public or private transportation companies to get here, and then what? Either way, how do you appease your curiosity and take in all the sights in the Niagara area without a car?

Getting Here
If you don’t have a car and don’t wish to rent one, a number of options are available, depending on your circumstances and budget:

  • Niagara Air Bus offers convenient, door-to-door shuttle service by coach or private car from Toronto International Airport, Buffalo International Airport, Hamilton International Airport, Toronto Island (City) Airport, and Downtown Toronto Hotels to your accommodation property in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Book at least 84 hours in advance to qualify for a 5% early-bird discount on their airport shuttle service.

Map from Toronto to Niagara-on-the-Lake

  • VIA Rail provides regular daily service between Toronto Union Station and Niagara Falls. While taxi or Uber service from Niagara Falls are options to reach Niagara-on-the-Lake, you can also use the combined WEGO/Shuttle bus service, which operates from April to October between Niagara Falls and Fort George in Niagara-on-the-Lake. (More on the shuttle service later.) American visitors can book travel on Amtrak to the U.S. Niagara Falls station,  just across the river from the VIA Rail station on the Canadian side.
  • Megabus Canada has numerous departures daily from Toronto Union Station to Niagara Falls or St. Catharines, both of which are a 25-minute taxi or Uber trip away.
  • GO Transit features a combination of rail and bus service between Toronto Union Station (rail) and the Burlington GO Station, where you transfer onto a bus destined for St. Catharines and Niagara Falls.

Touring Niagara-on-the-Lake (NOTL)
Once you’re here, local shops, restaurants and wineries are easily accessible, without a car. While here, you may want to visit the four communities that make up NOTL: Old Town, Virgil, St. David’s, Queenston and Glendale (for the Outlet Collection at Niagara and Niagara College Campus where you can sample wine, beer and spirits created by students at the Education Centre).

  • Walking is always an option if you’re staying in Old Town, which covers an area of about 2.5 square kilometres where you’ll find the highest concentration of restaurants, shops and historical sites as well as a few wineries. Get to know our historical town on a humorous guided walking tour with Ross Robinson. Tours leave from the Courthouse steps at 26 Queen Street every day at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., rain or shine.

Horse and carriage on Queen Street in Niagara-on-the-Lake

  • Take it slow and easy on a horse and carriage tour of Old Town. You’ll find your driver waiting for you in front of the Prince of Wales Hotel across from the cenotaph (town clock) or book online.
  • NOTL is a popular cycling destination. A number of companies, like Ebike Rental Niagara and ZOOM Leisure Bike Rentals, rent bikes and e-bikes. The terrain is flat for the most part and safe off-road cycling trails and quiet back-country roads are ideal for cyclists. An online digital map helps you navigate Old Town and the surrounding area on your own with ease. If you prefer, most of the rental companies also offer guided cycling tours of the area and wineries.

ebike rentals

  • Let someone else do the driving. Chauffered winery tours are a great way to tour the countryside and sample local wines, craft brews, ciders and spirits. Again, numerous companies, such as Brewery & Distillery Tours Niagara, offer daily tours and happily pick you up and drop you off at your accommodation property.
  • An on-demand transit service operates between Old Town, Virgil and the Glendale hub. Pickups are arranged as needed using the NRT OnDemand app, which can be downloaded. The NOTL service runs from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday to Saturday. The service promises pickup within an hour, with an average wait time of 20 minutes. Pricing is broken down by fare category and type.

A Day Trip at the Falls
The best route to Niagara Falls is along the beautiful Niagara River Parkway, dubbed “the prettiest Sunday afternoon drive in the world” by Winston Churchill in 1943.

Niagara Falls and Hornblower

  • You can leisurely cycle or e-bike to the Falls from NOTL along the 25-km Niagara River Recreation Trail, an off-road bike and walking path that runs parallel to the Niagara Parkway and flanks the mighty Niagara River. Except for one short incline up the Niagara Escarpment at Queenston, the terrain to the Falls is relatively flat. Along the way, you’ll pass numerous wineries, historical sights, attractions and photo ops.
  • A scheduled daily Niagara-on-the-Lake Shuttle service connects to the Niagara Falls WEGO bus service at the Green Line’s Floral Clock stop (from June 30 to September 4, 2023) or at the Butterfly Conservatory stop (from April 30 to June 29 and September 5 to October 9). One-way and return tickets can be purchased at Fort George in NOTL. All-day access to the WEGO service is included if you purchase the Niagara Falls Adventure Pass Plus.
  • The NRT On-Demand Transit Service (mentioned earlier) provides service to the Niagara College Campus in Glendale, where you can connect to Bus #12 to Niagara Falls.

Summer 2023 Events in Niagara-on-the-Lake
It’s turning out to be an eventful 2023 in NOTL, where, aside from all the beautiful architecture, sites and gardens, there’s always something happening.

White Effect Dinner

June 3: Murder With a Side of Merlot at Lakeview Wine Co.
June 9: White Effect Dinner at Peller Estates Winery (be sure to pre-order your wine, beer and cider)
June 9–September 15: Jackson-Triggs Summer Concert Series
June 17: Strawberry Festival
June 18–August 29: Music Niagara Summer Festival Concert Series
June 22: NOTL Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament
June 24: Shaw Guild Garden Tour
June 24–25: Fort George in the Great War
July 1: Canada Day at Fort George
July 1–3: Canada Day Fireworks;
July 8: St. Mark’s Cherry Festival
July 15-16: Battle of Fort George Re-enactment
August 12: Peach Festival
August 12: Sip, Savour & Stroll
August 23: Shades of Summer Dinner
August 19-20: Fife & Drum Muster & Soldiers’ Field Day

Niagara-on-the-Lake Pleasures: It’s Playtime!

Spring has settled in nicely, and, in gratitude, we exhale a contented sigh. Humans crave pleasure. Especially now! There’s a heightened aesthetic sensibility in the air as we slow down and savour intimate human connections and flirtatious conversations that sparkle and light up our neural pathways. Words that capture the essence of May include luscious, delicious, sensational, voluptuous and deep authenticity. It’s time to get down, get real and make heavenly dreams come true as sunshine and warmer temperatures seemingly turn life into gold.

Springtime beckons us to be childlike again and play our hearts out. And what better place than Niagara-on-the-Lake—the pleasure center for all time—to bring a sense of delicious into your life?

Indulge Your Senses
Perhaps, you have an eye for beautiful things that bring a wide smile to your face. Highlight your signature style with a couple of additions to your wardrobe—or home or office décor—from one of the charming boutiques along Queen Street or from the Outlet Collection at Niagara. Treasures also await at Old Town Antiques on Mary Street, Lakeshore Antiques & Treasures on Lakeshore Road, the Bartlett House of Antiques on Niagara Stone Road, the Vintage Mermaid barn also on Niagara Stone Road, and Antiques on Creek on Four Mile Creek Road.

Pumphouse Art Centre

Galleries and studios in and around town invite you to admire their artistic collections. The Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre on Ricardo Street displays monthly exhibitions at the Joyner Gallery where well-known local and Ontario artists’ works of art are featured. While there, check out works by emerging and professional artists in the Walker Room. A short drive up the Niagara River Parkway takes you to the RiverBrink Art Museum where you can view exhibits as well as participate in workshops. Pottery enthusiasts are welcome to browse at Lakeside Pottery on Lakeshore Road, Queenston Pottery on York Road in St. David’s, or Bélisle Pottery on Four Mile Creek Road where you can also attend a class.

Donkeys at Colaneri

Recharge your batteries by sharing new experiences with old friends. Guided, chauffeur-driven wine, brewery and distillery tours and cycling tours are a great way to spend a sunny afternoon with pals. For something truly memorable, book a one-hour stroll with a friendly donkey companion through the vineyards at the Colaneri Estate Winery. Later, clink glasses in a toast to friendships at one of many indoor and outdoor dining venues throughout the area.

Add music to the mix. Bravo Niagara! Festival of the Arts has concerts planned for May and June. The Hare Winery continues to host international performers for the TD Niagara Jazz Fest: Twilight Jazz & Blues. The ever-popular Jackson-Triggs’ Summer Concert Series runs from June 9 to September 15. In July and August, Music Niagara celebrates its 25th season with a line-up of musicians from around the world. Local pubs, wineries and breweries regularly schedule live performances.

Make Fitness Fun
Tee up! Enjoy scenic views of Lake Ontario and historical forts at the nine-hole Niagara-on-the-Lake Golf Course, the oldest surviving golf club in continuous play in North America and ranked ninth best short course in the world outside of the USA. Need some practice first? Limber up at the Niagara Golf & Batting Cages on Eastchester.

Horseback Riding

Take in nature’s sights and sounds on horseback as you marvel at the seasonal richness of the Niagara Escarpment and wooded trails. Beyond simple enjoyment, riding develops balance and co-ordination and offers mental and emotional benefits for all ages.

How about yoga laced with laughter? A special encounter awaits you at Fox Den Goat Yoga where the focus is on fun and personal development. Book a goat yoga session or a Goats & Wine experience, which includes a flight of wine and time to cuddle, play and take photos of these darling dwarf goats.

Goat Yoga

Squeal with delight as you zipline at one of two Niagara locations. In Niagara Falls, WildPlay’s Zipline to the Falls takes you on a breathtaking ride as you glide down 670 metres (2,200 ft), soar past the American Falls and land at the base of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls. At Thompson Point, the Whirlpool Adventure Course features three self-paced obstacle courses that include climbing, ziplining and jumping circuits.

Plan Your Stay
Why not inject a little romance into your plans? Book your stay at a charming bed and breakfast, villa, cottage or apartment. On your way, pick up a bouquet of fresh flowers at one of the many florists or roadside stands. Drop by the Chocolate Factory in St. David’s for a free tour and some tasty palate-pleasing delights to go with that special bottle of wine from your favourite winery.

There’s always something happening in Niagara-on-the-Lake:
June 9: White Effect Dinner
June 17: Strawberry Festival
June 24: Shaw Guild Garden Tour
June 24–25: Fort George in the Great War
July 1–3: Canada Day Fireworks; Artistry by the Lake
July 8: Cherry Festival
July 15-16: Battle of Fort George Re-enactment
August 12: Peach Festival
August 12: Sip, Savour & Stroll
August 23: Shades of Summer Dinner
August 19-20: Fife & Drum Muster & Soldiers’ Field Day

Niagara-on-the-Lake Activities: 20 Ideas for a Rainy Day

NOTL in May

Rain, rain, go away… Remember this children’s rhyme? On the brighter side, April showers do bring May flowers.

We plan for sunny-day activities, and then Mother Nature rains on our agenda, reminding us just who’s in charge here. Hakuna Matata! We’ve got you covered. From museums and retail therapy to live stage performances, there’s something for every taste, interest and budget. You won’t even notice it’s raining! And remember…

“If plan A doesn’t work, the alphabet has 25 more letters
– 204 if you’re in Japan.”

― Claire Cook, writer and motivational speaker


Take in a 2 p.m. or an 8 p.m. performance at one of the Shaw Festival theatres in town. (Mondays are dark.)


Book a one-hour backstage tour at the Festival Theatre to discover the secrets that bring each production to the stage. Cost: $10, $5 with ticket to a performance.

Outlet Collection at Niagara Stores


Shop til you drop at the Outlet Collection at Niagara where you’ll find more than 100 trendy boutiques. But first, head over to the Guest Services building to pick up your VIP Visitor Card, available to all out-of-town visitors, to access exclusive discounts and offers from on-site retailers. (You’ll need ID or a passport to prove you are from out of town.)


Hunt for treasures at some of the many antique shops in and around Niagara-on-the-Lake.


Visit the Butterfly Conservatory located next to the Botanical Gardens on the Niagara Parkway.

Orange butterfly


Check out local artists. Browse through Lakeside Pottery on Lakeshore Road, Queenston Pottery on York Road in St. David’s, or Bélisle Pottery on Four Mile Creek Road where you can also take a class.


Tour the historical Laura Secord Homestead in Queenston.


Check out the Riverbrink Art Museum in Queenston.


Visit the Mackenzie Printery and Newspaper Museum in Queenston.


Step into an educational experience at the Niagara Parks Power Station to discover the incredible history and heritage of this 115-year-old engineering marvel.


Work out in the fully-equipped gym at our Community Center located on Anderson’s Lane. A day pass costs $5.50.


Stones Massage

Book a spa treatment or massage at one of many venues in and around Niagara-on-the-Lake.


Purchase a day pass at the Pillar and Post for $75 per person. Your day pass includes access to their indoor pool, indoor sauna, a locker in the upstairs change room with robe, as well as the Hot Spring if space is available upon arrival.


Spend time at the charming Niagara-on-the-Lake Museum on Castlereagh in Old Town.


Book a chauffeur-driven winery tour with one of many wine tour companies in the area that include Grape Escape, Crush Wine Tours, Niagara Grape & Wine Tours, Niagara Wine Tours International, Niagara Getaways Wine Tours and more.

Two Women on Wine Tour


Learn all about wine production at one or more of the informative seminars and tours offered by some of the wineries in the Niagara-on-the-Lake area.


Watch ships “climb the mountain” at the Welland Canal Center Lock 3 Museum.


Visit Bird Kingdom in Niagara Falls, the largest free-flying indoor aviary in the world.


Take in a Music Niagara performance at various indoor venues during the months of July and August.


Whirlpool Jet Boat

Go ahead! Embrace the weather and head off on a Whirlpool Jet Boat adventure anyway. After all, you’ll be getting wet, rain or shine!


Niagara-on-the-Lake History: A Land of Many Legends

Battle re-enactment

For many Indigenous peoples, the Niagara Region has been a powerful spiritual site since melting glaciers revealed the great lakes of Erie and Ontario and the mighty Niagara River approximately 13,000 years.

A Sacred Place
Considered a sacred place of great power and healing, the Niagara Region was used for religious ceremonies and rituals as well as for hunting and fishing. The Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) believed the Thunderer, a powerful spirit associated with thunder and lightning, resided in the Niagara Region, and that the Falls were created by the Thunderer’s voice.

Niagara Falls at night

The region was also an important meeting place for Indigenous nations, who gathered here to discuss matters of trade diplomacy and war. It was considered a neutral zone, where conflicts could be resolved peacefully. However, if conflicts broke out between the Huron and Iroquois, warring tribes often brought their women and children to the resident Neutral Nation for safekeeping during such dangerous times.

The Neutral Nation was a highly developed culture with sophisticated agricultural techniques, which included the use of irrigation and terracing to cultivate crops like tobacco. They had extensive trade networks throughout the Great Lakes region and were known for their highly valued pottery as well as their tobacco trade. They also had a complex social and political structure, with distinct clans and a council of leaders who made decisions on behalf of the ten tribes of the Iroquois Nation.

The land along the Niagara River continues to have rich ties to Indigenous history and culture. The Indigenous Niagara Living Museum Tours features animated encounters and engagements with Indigenous peoples, cultural interpreters, historians, food specialists and artisans. Tours explore the geology of the Niagara Escarpment and include Fort George in Niagara-on-the-Lake, the Willowbank School of Restoration and Indigenous Community Love Garden and the Landscape of Nations Commemorative Memorial in Queenston, the Niagara Glen Nature Centre, and many more.

Walking Tour of NOTL

Our Home on Native Land
Sadly, the arrival of European explorers and settlers in the 17th century brought diseases that devastated the population of the Neutral Nation and other tribes, and their way of life was disrupted by the fur trade and conflicts.

In the 18th century, the British established Fort George, a military outpost in Niagara-on-the-Lake. During the War of 1812, Fort George played a crucial role in the defence of Upper Canada against American invasion. It was the site of several battles, including the Battle of Fort George in May 1813, when American forces captured the fort and burned down much of the town.

Following the war, the fort was rebuilt and used as a military base until the mid-19th century. Today, Fort George is a National Historic Site of Canada and a popular tourist attraction. Visitors can explore the fort’s barracks, officers’ quarters and other buildings, as well as view historical demonstrations and re-enactments of military life during the War of 1812. Fort George is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays until May 19, daily from May 20 to September 3, and Wednesday to Sunday from September 4 to October 31. By the way, entrance fees are waived on July 1, Canada Day!

Niagara on the Lake Museum tour guide

The Niagara-on-the-Lake Museum features 9,000 years of history ranging from Indigenous history to the tourism boom of the 1970s. Its gallery contains such significant artefacts as a powder horn belonging to Chief Joseph Brant, the Indian Department Coatee worn by Daniel Servos during the American Revolutionary War, uniforms from the War of 1812 and much more.

Black Canadian History
Niagara’s role in the Underground Railroad is legendary. Between 1796 and 1949, the Underground Railroad led an estimated 40,000 African American slaves to their ultimate freedom in Canada. Fort Erie, Ontario became a popular crossing for freedom seekers because of its proximity to Buffalo, New York.

Niagara Parks features some of Canada’s most poignant stories of freedom and courage among its extensive collection of displays and monuments honouring Black Canadian history. As you drive, cycle or walk along the 56-kilometre (35-mile) Niagara River Recreation Trail between Fort Erie and Niagara-on-the-Lake, you’ll come across a number of plaques and displays highlighting some of Canada’s most historic moments right here in Niagara.

Mackenzie Printery Museum

Among the interesting sites to visit along this trail is the Mackenzie Printery in Queenston, home to the Louis Roy press, the oldest wooden press in Canada, and one of only seven left in the world today. It was used to print Ontario’s first newspaper, The Upper Canada Gazette, as well as the 1793 Act Against Slavery, which prevented further introduction of enslaved people into Upper Canada and gradually allowed for the abolition of slavery.

A little further down the Parkway in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Navy Hall is a collection of buildings that served as the first seat of government for the Executive Council of Upper Canada, where John Graves Simcoe took the first legislative steps in the Act Against Slavery in 1793.

Situated at Regent and Johnson in Niagara-on-the-Lake, the Voices of Freedom Park commemorates the silenced and forgotten stories of people of African descent, whose sacrifices, labour, skills and talents contributed to the development of our town.

Ambassadors of the Past
You might be delighted to learn that some STAY Niagara-on-the-Lake member properties claim a direct link to colourful, historical figures from the past, some of whom are rumoured to roam their halls. However, we’ll keep those tales under wraps for a more appropriate time.

Many of our short-term rental property owners in Niagara-on-the-Lake are born storytellers who have made it their business to study the history of the Niagara Region and are happy to share their version(s) with anyone who will listen. So, ask away. You never know what history lesson you might uncover at the breakfast table or over a glass of wine.

History comes alive in Niagara. Isn’t it time you created a little history of your own for your travel albums?

Comin’ Up
It’s never too early to plan your trip to Niagara-on-the-Lake. Here’s a sampling of what’s to come:

Garden Tour

April 29 – Queens of the Vineyard at Caroline Cellars
May Weekends – Sip & Sizzle at various Niagara-on-the-Lake wineries
May 6 – TD Niagara Jazz Festival Spring 2023 Fundraising Event at The Hare Wine Co.
June 9 – White Effect Dinner at Peller Estates Winery
June 9 – September 15 – Summer Concert Series at Jackson-Triggs Winery Estate
June 17 & 18 – Juried Art Show at the Riverbank Art Museum
June 24 – Shaw Guild Garden Tour
July 1-3 – Artistry by the Lake
July 8 – Cherry Festival
August 12 – Peach Festival
August 12 – Sip, Savour & Stroll
August 13 – Shades of Summer Dinner

Niagara-on-the-Lake Hospitality: You Can’t Beat It!


Trius Winery

The charming lakeside town of Niagara-on-the-Lake is world-renowned for its historical sites and re-enactments, boutiques and art galleries, restaurants, live stage performances, spas, vintage wines, craft beer and spirits, fresh produce, musical venues, green space, cycling trails, antique shops…

The list goes on and on. And if you’re going to enjoy all this over a couple of days or more, you’ll need accommodation.

Signs of Assurance
That’s where the STAY Niagara-on-the-Lake Association comes in. Member properties include inns, self-catering apartments, villas and cottages as well as bed and breakfasts, each offering its own unique blend of services and hospitality.

However, they all have one thing in common. All are licensed. And that means you are assured that all member establishments have been thoroughly inspected for safety and cleanliness and all adhere to the town’s and the association’s strictly enforced high standards.

So, how do you know if a property is licensed or not? Easy!

Town B&B signage

  • If a property is listed on our association’s website, you can rest assured it is licensed!
  • In Niagara-on-the-Lake, all short term rentals must first get a municipal license in order to operate.
  • The operator’s license number must be posted on the property’s website as well as on third-party Online Travel Agency websites.
  • The owner must also visibly display their license inside the property.

With Spring sitting on our doorsteps, rooms are booking up quickly. So you might want to plan your spring, summer and fall getaway soon.

And if you’re looking for a reason to visit, we always have a few of those to share as well. Here are a few year-round and annual favourites to think about.

Art Exhibits
The Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre is a little gem you’ll find off-the-beaten track in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Located in a heritage building on the banks of the Niagara River, the Niagara Pumphouse offers visual arts programs, exhibitions and events year-round.


Through March 25, the Pumphouse is presenting the Reflections-Group Exhibit by the NOTL Arts Collective in its Joyner Gallery. This unique, thought-provoking display showcases the diverse styles and perspectives of the participating members of the Collective.

Our association is proud to feature Julia Kane’s artwork on the cover of our 2023 map, the original of which is on display at Château des Charmes. Information on Julia and each member of the collective can be found here.

In the Vineyards
The wineries in Niagara-on-the-Lake are organizing a couple of signature events for spring. A particular favourite is the Sip and Sizzle, which happens over four weekends in May, with passports going on sale in April 2023.

Here’s your chance to sip and savour gourmet food and wine tastings at 16 wineries in the immediate area. Guests may choose from an individual Tasting Pass ($75 plus tax and service fee) or a Couple’s Pass ($75 plus tax and service fee).

On Stage
Every year, the Shaw Festival, Canada’s second-largest theatre company, stages more than 400 outstanding performances, which draw almost 50,000 attendees annually. In addition, over 2,000 education and outreach activities are offered to more than 50,000 participants.

Shaw Festival 2023

The 2023 line-up of musicals, dramas, comedies and outdoor events promises to be a crowd-pleaser. Tim Carroll, the Artistic Director, and his team are always coming up with new events, new performance spaces and new ways of engaging with their audiences. “This year,” Tim says, “we have some really special treats up our sleeve. So, no matter which of our world-class shows you are coming to see, be sure to give yourself plenty of time before and after; you’ll be glad you did.”

Are you a die-hard Elvis fan? Then, you don’t want to miss the Niagara Falls Elvis Festival, just 20 minutes down the road at the Greg Frewin Theatre from April 20 to 23.

25 Years of Music
This year marks the 25th season for the annual Music Niagara Festival, which happens in July. Every year, this festival welcomes gifted international musicians to different venues throughout Niagara. From Pop, Swing and Jazz to Classical ensembles and Chamber choirs, there is something to suit everyone’s musical taste.

Music Niagara performer

Fund-raising events are an important part of making the Music Niagara Festival a yearly reality. One is the Artistic Director’s fundraising challenge with a goal of raising $25,000 by July 1. If you enjoy music, please show them some love.

As you can see, we’re in for some good times in 2023. We’d love to have you join the fun.

Christmas in July

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Don’t miss Christmas at the Shaw Festival.

The Shaw has not one, but two Christmas shows lined up this November and December! “A Christmas Carol” will be back for its third season at the Royal George Theatre and the Festival stage will be decking its halls in anticipation of the musical classic “Holiday Inn”.

Ticket sales have already been strong for both shows – so don’t miss out – we wouldn’t want anyone feeling they got a lump of coal in their stocking.

Holiday Inn will kick-start your holiday season in a joyful way.

The cherished Christmas classic features a host of hummable songs such as White Christmas, Cheek to Cheek and Easter Parade. It will be the perfect way to ring in the holiday season!

Michael Therriault returns as the miserly Scrooge in A Christmas Carol. It’s the perfect reminder of what Christmas is all about. Arrive feeling “Bah, humbug!” and leave full of warm, fuzzy Christmas spirit.

Book your stay at one of over 100 world-class bed and breakfasts, country inns, vacation homes and cottage rentals, courtesy of the Niagara-on-the-Lake Bed & Breakfast Association. World-class accommodations are just the beginning. Together, our association members and partners can help you create an endless variety of getaway experiences in Ontario’s historic Niagara-on-the-Lake region.

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Une superbe escapade : Pourquoi il vous faut visiter Niagara-on-the-Lake

Niagara-on-the-Lake – L’une des Plus belles villes au Canada

(English Version)

Lorsqu’on pense aux merveilles du monde, les chutes Niagara continuent d’intriguer. Néanmoins, vous n’avez pas à demeurer dans un hôtel dans un endroit bondé de touristes. Niagara-on-the-Lake ne se trouve qu’à une vingtaine de minutes des chutes en voiture et vous pourrez en chemin admirer le Niagara River Parkway.

L’un des secrets les mieux gardés du sud de l’Ontario, le village de Niagara-on-the-Lake, est le parfait pied-à-terre pour visiter la région de Niagara. De plus, il est entouré de vignobles renommés, de brasseries et même de distilleries. Sans oublier le Festival Shaw et les nombreux sites historiques et promenades pittoresques.

Si vous cherchez l’endroit parfait pour vous évader le temps d’un weekend, Niagara-on-the-Lake est la meilleure option. Vous trouverez dans les environs bon nombre d’activités pour passer le temps. Pour en savoir davantage, voici un guide résumant les raisons pour lesquelles il faut absolument visiter Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Explorez la ville pour l’art et le divertissement

L’exploration de la scène artistique et du divertissement de la région de Niagara-on-the-Lake vous tiendra très occupé durant votre séjour. Il y a toujours quelque chose à faire! Si vous aimez le théâtre, le Festival Shaw de Niagara-on-the-Lake est votre premier arrêt!

Sans aucun doute, Shaw est l’une des nombreuses raisons de visiter Niagara-on-the-Lake. Vous devriez planifier votre voyage durant la saison du festival entre avril et octobre. Lorsque vous ferez l’expérience du Festival Shaw, vous resterez bouche-bée devant le talent de ses acteurs, les productions d’envergure et le superbe style de ses installations.

Vous pourriez aussi écouter la musique captivante de l’Orchestre symphonique de Niagara, ainsi que les performances de Bravo Niagara! et Music Niagara. Vous verrez que la ville est une plaque tournante de la musique dans la région et profiterez d’une hospitalité chaleureuse et relaxante.

Attractions diverses, plaisir sans limites!

Dans la région de Niagara, il y a plusieurs activités, tant intérieures qu’extérieures, auxquelles vous pourrez participer.

Du côté des activités intérieures offertes dans la région, vous trouverez d’amusantes galeries d’art et de charmants sites historiques et musées. Des heures de plaisir!

En outre, si vous préférez vous envoyer en l’air, vous pouvez monter à bord d’un hélicoptère de Niagara Helicopter et faire un tour au-dessus des chutes ou les regarder depuis la grande roue Niagara Skywheel. Si vous aimez vous mettre au défi, essayez la tyrolienne et le saut en parachute ou encore faites un tour dans un bateau hydrojet.

Si vous êtes davantage du type sportif et plein air, vous pourrez vous faire plaisir avec une panoplie d’activités extérieures, de jeux et de sports. Vous pourrez partir à l’aventure en faisant de la natation, du kayak, de la planche à rame et d’autres activités palpitantes!

De plus, vous pourrez aussi prendre part à d’autres sports aquatiques dans la région de Niagara comme la plongée sous-marine, qui est une merveilleuse manière d’explorer les eaux, ses récifs et ses épaves.

Dégustation de vin et vignobles

Il existe, à part les chutes, une autre raison pour laquelle la région de Niagara est très populaire… et j’ai nommé son vin! Un coup d’oeil sur les vastes collines luxuriantes de Niagara et vous n’en douterez plus. Le climat de Niagara-on-the-Lake est idéal pour la culture du raisin. Non seulement l’endroit est parfait, mais il est aussi assez chaud en été pour faire du vin rouge et assez froid durant la saison hivernale pour faire du vin de glace.

Si vous n’êtes jamais allé dans une salle de dégustation ou faire la visite d’un vignoble, vous aurez vite la piqûre. Aussi, si vous n’avez jamais goûté au vin de glace et à ses saveurs de fruits tropicaux, vous ne savez pas ce que vous manquez! Le procédé d’élaboration du vin de glace implique de laisser le raisin geler sur la vigne avant de le récolter à la main.

En outre, vous pouvez aussi explorer les vignobles locaux à bicyclette. La région offre des tours pour tous les types de touristes. En plus des vins de glace, il y a aussi des dégustations de vins et fromages, de chocolats et plus encore!

Plaisir en famille!

Partir en vacances en famille est un excellent moyen de passer du temps de qualité ensemble. Vous pensez peut-être qu’il serait compliqué de garder vos enfants occupés durant les vacances, mais il n’en est rien. La région de Niagara regorge d’activités pour les enfants de tous les âges ainsi que leurs parents.

Vous y trouverez plusieurs centres d’activités et de jeux, comme par exemple des jeux et des attractions de style arcade qui seront des plus excitantes pour vos enfants. Faites-leur aussi expérimenter la chute libre intérieure en soufflerie ou, pourquoi pas, allez jouer aux quilles! Vous pouvez aussi les laisser jouer aux fléchettes et au billard pendant que vous admirez les oiseaux et les papillons.

Ce qu’il faut retenir

Niagara-on-the-Lake est un sanctuaire de vin, de culture, d’histoire et de gastronomie. Les rues de Niagara-on-the-Lake ont servi de destination vacances pour les touristes depuis plus d’un siècle. Ce guide est un bon moyen de profiter au maximum de votre séjour ici. Alors faites vos valises et venez découvrir les incroyables expériences que Niagara-on-the-Lake a à vous offrir.

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Article écrit par Clarence Rivera. Clarence est un écrivain enthousiaste qui aime écrire à propos des innovations et de tout ce qui est intéressant. Son intérêt s’étend aussi à l’ingénierie et à l’architecture. Il est aussi contributeur sur The Sleepy Owl. Dans ses temps libres, Clarence aime voir des films et jouer à des jeux de société avec des amis.

A Beautiful Escape: Why You Must Explore and Visit Niagara-on-the-Lake

Niagara-on-the-Lake – One of the Prettiest Towns in Canada

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When it comes to the natural wonders of the world, Niagara Falls continues to intrigue. However, you don’t need to stay at a hotel in the busy tourist-filled area. Niagara-on-the-Lake is just a short drive from the Falls along the scenic Niagara River Parkway.

One of the best-kept secrets of Southern Ontario’s most popular and picturesque villages, Niagara-on-the-Lake, is an ideal home base for touring the Niagara region. And it is surrounded by renowned wineries, breweries and even distilleries. Not to mention the Shaw Festival and the many historical sites and scenic walks.

If you’re looking for a great place to escape for a quick weekend trip, Niagara-on-the-Lake is the best option. The area holds plenty of beautiful ways to spend your time. To know more, here’s a guide to look at as to why Niagara-on-the-Lake is worth visiting.

Explore the Town for Its Arts and Entertainment

Exploring the arts and entertainment scenes in the region of Niagara will always keep you on your toes with something to do. If you are someone who enjoys watching plays, the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake is a must see.

Without a doubt, Shaw is one of many reasons to visit Niagara-on-the-Lake. You should plan a trip during festival season from April through October. Once you visited and witnessed the Shaw Festival, you’ll be in awe with its top-notch actors, the world-class production and performance, and the look of its beautiful facilities is a plus too.

You could also listen to the enthralling music that the Niagara Symphony Orchestra provides, as well as perfromances from Bravo Niagara! and Music Niagara. You will find that the cultural hub in the area is warm and relaxing through the hospitality and music they offer.

Diverse Attraction, Limitless Fun!

In the Niagara Region, there are many indoors and outdoors attractions that you can explore.

There are lots of indoor activities that the region offers such as amusing art galleries and lovely historical sites and museums that provide fun-filled hours.

Moreover, if you want to go for something fun in the air, you can hop on a Niagara Helicopter and ride above the Falls or watch it from the Niagara Skywheel. If you are fond of challenging adventures, try zip lining and skydiving or have fun thrilling in a jet boat ride.

If you are one of those sporty and outdoorsy types of people, you can indulge yourself in a wide range of outdoor activities, games, and sports. There are many adventurous activities that you can try such as swimming, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, and other thrill activities.

Additionally, you can also indulge yourself in other water sports in the Niagara Region such as scuba diving which is a beautiful way to explore the waters that contain sunken ships and reefs.

Wine Tasting and Wineries

Away from the Falls, the other thing that the Niagara area is popular for is its wine. One look at the expansive, lush hills and valleys of Niagara and you’ll know. The climate in Niagara-on-the-Lake is ideal for grape growing. Not just the place is perfect, but it’s also warm enough in the summer to get red wine and cold enough in the winter season to make ice wine.

If you have never been to a tasting room or a winery tour, you’ll quickly become hooked. Also, if you have never tried ice wine, you are missing out. The ice wine is full of the tastes of tropical fruits which is sticky just like pudding in a glass. The process of making this wine involves allowing the grapes to freeze on the vines, and they are also hand-picked.

Furthermore, you can also explore the local wineries through biking. The area offers tours to suit every need of the tourists. Other than ice wines, there are also cheese and wine tasting, and chocolate and other different wine experiences.

Family Fun!

Spending time with your family such as going on vacation is an essential way of enjoying quality time. You might be thinking about how hard it would be to keep your kids entertained during a vacation. But you will never experience such a problem in the Niagara Region because they provide activities for kids of all ages, and parents as well.

Plenty of activity centers and game hubs can be found in the Niagara Region. Taking your kids for arcade-style games and rides can be exciting to them. You can also take them to experience indoor skydiving and go bowling. You can let them play darts and pool tables and have fun watching the birds and beautiful butterflies.


Niagara-on-the-Lake is a sanctuary of wine, history, culture, and food. The avenues of Niagara-on-the-Lake have served as a getaway destination for visitors and tourists for over a century. The guides as mentioned above are one way to make your free time more enjoyable and filled with fun. So, get your things and pack your bags and discover the great experiences that Niagara-on-the-Lake has to offer.

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Article contributed by Clarence Rivera. Clarence is an enthusiastic writer who loves writing about innovations and anything interesting. His interest also extends to engineering and architecture. He is also a part-time contributor to The Sleepy Owl. During his free time, Clarence enjoys watching movies and playing board games with friends.

Voices of Freedom Park Official Opening

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Voices of Freedom Park officially opens November 2, 2018, 2 pm at 244 Regent Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Voices of Freedom Park gives expression to the silenced and forgotten stories of people of African descent, enslaved, freed, and free, whose sacrifices, labour, skills, and talents contributed to the development of Niagara-on-the-Lake.

This significant art installation in the heart of Old Town Niagara-on-the-Lake permanently inscribes these Black men and women on the historical and cultural landscape of the Town.

Curated by Bravo Niagara!, the official opening performances will feature acclaimed vocalist Alana Bridgewater, JUNO-winning pianist Robi Botos, and Shaw Festival actor Allan Louis.

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Voices of Freedom Concert

Bravo Niagara! Presents Voices of Freedom Concert November 3, 2018

On November 3rd, Bravo Niagara! presents the Voices of Freedom Concert at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre in St. Catharines.

The concert comes one day after the official opening of the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake’s Voices of Freedom Park, dedicated to commemorating Niagara-on-the-Lake’s Black history and the 225th Anniversary of the Act to Limit Slavery in Upper Canada.

November 3, 2018, 7:30pm
FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, 250 St. Paul Street, St. Catharines

Curated by Céline Peterson, daughter of legendary Canadian jazz pianist Oscar Peterson, the Voices of Freedom Concert will bring together some of the best in Canadian jazz and soulful music to highlight inclusiveness, empowerment, and the importance of freedom.

“The entire Voices of Freedom concept excited me from the moment I first heard about the project. The park, the concert – it’s all such a beautiful and meaningful celebration,” says Céline Peterson, Artistic Producer and host of the Voices of Freedom Concert.

“Some of our nation’s greatest musical storytellers will be gathered in one place performing music that is bound to resonate with every audience member. As a lover of music and a proud Canadian, I can say with complete certainty that this will be an unforgettable and mesmerizing event.”

The evening will feature performances by Officer of the Order of Canada, singer/songwriter and philanthropist Molly Johnson.

The concert will also feature NAACP Image Award, Gemini, Dora, and JUNO Award-winning singer/actress Jackie Richardson, as well as performances by Grammy Award winner Larnell Lewis on drums (Snarky Puppy), multi-JUNO Award winners Robi Botos on piano and Mike Downes on bass, and up and coming saxophonist from Barbados, Joseph Callender.

These all-star Canadian artists will be joined by 80 students from the Laura Secord Secondary School Concert Choir.

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Harvest Season is Here!

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Perfect time to visit Niagara-on-the-Lake Wine Country

Fall is a very exciting time of year in Niagara when harvest is underway and wine country is buzzing with activity.

This year has been an amazing year for grape growing and the local wineries are busy picking the fruits of their labour to transform the bounty of this year’s crop into exceptional wines.

There is really no better time to visit the Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Many of the wineries produce estate grown and bottled wines so all the harvest activity happens on premise.

You can immerse yourself in wine country and appreciate up close the intricate work that goes on behind the scenes to make the wines you love.

Guests often ask their hosts what is their favourite winery, but there are so many to choose from…

Book your stay a one of our many and diverse bed and breakfasts and while you are visiting, stop at a few wineries where many of the staff at each would be delighted to answer any questions you have about this year’s harvest and the outlook for the 2018 vintage.

Harvest can be quite fascinating and winery staff love to share their knowledge.

For example, did you know that Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes destined for sparkling wines are typically the first grapes to be picked? These grapes are harvested early at a slightly unripe point to help maintain acidity in the finished wine so that your glass of bubbly is zesty and refreshing.

With so much to see and do, one day isn’t enough! Niagara-on-the-Lake has lots of great experiences for you to discover, book your stay today at one of our beautiful bed and breakfast’s, inns or vacation rentals.

Download the Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake printable map to help you better explore wine country and make the most of your visit.

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