Enjoy the Sunshine in Niagara-on-the-Lake

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Sun-filled days are always easy to plan for—especially since there is so much to do here in Niagara-on-the-Lake. The challenge is making up your mind:

–   Cycling is a great way to explore the natural beauty of Niagara-on-the-Lake and surrounding countryside thanks to an increasing number of maintained and signposted off-road cycling trails available. Bring your own bike or rent a bike from ZOOM Rentals, Grape Escape or International Bike Tours here in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Niagara Waterfront Trail
Cycle along the Great Waterfront Trail from Niagara-on-the-Lake to Niagara Falls and even Fort Erie if you want.

–   E-bikes or e-scooters, short for “electric bicycle,” are the newest craze in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Rent one at E-Skoot Niagara on Mary Street, Grape Escape on King or International Bike Tours on Picton.

–   Picnic along the Niagara River, at Queen’s Royal Park on Lake Ontario or at Queenston Heights Park on the Niagara Escarpment where picnic tables and barbecues await you. Pick up cheese, cold cuts, fresh fruits and vegetables, fresh bread and a salad at any of the many area markets. Oh yes, and don’t forget to pick up a bottle of your favourite flavoured olive oil and balsamic vinegar from OliV! Add a local bottle of wine and enjoy.

–   Roller-blade, stroll or run along the paved trails that run along the Niagara River or along the tree-lined streets of Niagara-on-the-Lake.

–   Horseback ride through vineyards or the wooded trails along the Niagara Escarpment.

Horseback riding in Niagara-on-the-Lake
Ride horseback through the vineyards in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

–   Hike the gorge along the Niagara River to get a feel for what the area once was like before the tourists came along. A staircase  leads you down into the gorge. Bring a picnic and watch fishermen try their luck.

–   Take a self-guided or guided walking tour of Niagara-on-the-Lake.

–   Enjoy a bite to eat and a glass of wine or a cold beer on one of the many outdoor terraces throughout Niagara-on-the-Lake.

–   Play a nine-hole game of golf—or two—at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Golf Course, the oldest golf course in continuous play in North America. Or practise hitting some balls at the Niagara Sports Practice Centre off Niagara Stone Road or the Unison Golf & Practice Facility on Lakeshore Road.

Golf in Niagara-on-the-Lake
With so many courses to choose from, Niagara-on-the-Lake is perfect for a golf getaway.

–   Tour the Botanical Gardens on the Niagara Parkway.

–   Take a Whirlpool Jet Boat ride.

–   Ride the Maid of the Mist for an amazing experience at the Falls.

–   Visit Happy Rolph’s Petting Farm and Bird Sanctuary.

–   Ride the SkyWheel in Niagara Falls.

–   Visit Fort George and experience how people lived prior to 1812.

–   Book a winery tour.

–   Swim at the community pool located at Memorial Park, 370 King Street. Cost: $2.75 for adults; $2.25 for seniors and students; free for under 5.

–  Organize a game of tennis, baseball, soccer or volleyball at Memorial Park located. Visit location to book tennis courts ($12.50/hr.). Baseball, soccer and volleyball courts are free.