While every season is special, springtime in Niagara-on-the-Lake is quite exceptional. It holds such hope and promise for locals and visitors alike — the promise for fine vintages, for fruitful orchards and gardens, for a successful tourist season, for spectacular stage and musical events… You might even say Spring is the official start of a New Year in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
Harbingers of Fresh Beginnings
Springtime in Niagara-on-the-Lake is a beautifully orchestrated, multi-sensory experience, compliments of Mother Nature.
It begins slowly with a teasing warm breeze, the unique trill of a cardinal in the early morning hours or the first robin sighting. Excitement fills the air with a sense of liveliness among Mother Nature’s creatures as they awaken from their winter slumber and go about their business.
Pruned vineyards lie in wait. It’ll be a while yet before young grapes cling to the vines. For now, we can only anticipate the promise of fall’s bounty.
Hardy yellow crocuses poke through the hard ground. Furry magnolia buds formed in the fall are gently teased open to display their floral splendour. Soon, fruit trees in the orchards will be crowned by a soft pink, mauve or white haze, in sharp contrast to the spearmint green carpet at their feet.
In Old Town, brightly coloured tulips line the main street and planters are filled with eye-catching floral arrangements. Queen Street shops, galleries, restaurants and sunlit patios bustle with locals and visitors alike.
The Shaw Festival opens its doors with live stage performances of Mahabharata, a modern retelling of an epic Sanskrit poem at the Festival Theatre from February 28 to March 26. And on March 30, Prince Caspian takes centre stage to welcome theatre goers of all ages into the magical kingdom of Narnia at the Royal George Theatre. Yes, indeed, it promises to be an exciting time at the Shaw.
Wine and Music Make a Fine Pair
Niagara-on-the-Lake is home to some of the oldest and most established wine-producing vineyards in Canada. Over the years, our pioneer winemakers finessed their expertise to make Niagara-on-the-Lake the premium wine-growing region it is today.
Wine-tasting events happen year-round in Niagara-on-the-Lake. For instance, Winemakers’ Selection Tasting Passes are on sale now. For $40 per person, plus taxes and service fee, you can enjoy one tasting of a Winemaker’s Selection wine at each of the 20 member wineries Monday to Friday throughout 2023.
Wish to know more about wine? Check out the Wine Seminar Series at Colaneri Estate Winery happening over six Sundays from February 19 to April 30.
In celebration of its 25th anniversary, the Music Niagara Festival also holds much promise for 2023. Throughout the year, Music Niagara presents world-class, diverse music experiences in unique venues and settings throughout our community. Watch for unique pairings of wine and musical events, which will be posted here throughout the coming season.
And don’t forget the Twilight Jazz & Blues series happening from February 26 through May 28. Local venues like the Spirit in Niagara Distillery and The Irish Harp Pub also feature musical performances with a twist.
Hospitality at its Best
Accommodation is an important component to any Niagara-on-the-Lake experience. So, why not stay with the best?
STAY Niagara-on-the-Lake offers a variety of accommodation options ranging from hosted bed and breakfasts and inns to self-catering apartments, cottages and villas. What’s your preference? Victorian? Modern? Country? Historic? Themed? We have all that and more.
As experts in the area, our resident hosts and owners can provide valuable information and guidance on what is happening and where to go so that your getaway is the best it can possibly be.
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