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!
- 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.
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).
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.
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.
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.