With short-sleeve weather just around the corner, you’ll be wanting to spend more time outdoors. Here are some fun things to do when it’s sunny in Niagara-on-the-Lake:

-   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 town.

-   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. Add a local bottle of wine and enjoy.

-   Roller-blade, stroll, cycle, e-bike or run along the tree-lined streets of Niagara-on-the-Lake or along the Waterfront Trail (paved off-road trails that run along the Niagara River).

The Waterfront Trail features off-road paved cycling paths that go for miles between Niagara-on-the-Lake, Niagara Falls and Fort Erie.

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

-   Visit Totem Park located on the Niagara Parkway to view this year-round attraction of 600 hand-carved totem poles—North America’s largest collection of one-of-a-kind totem poles. Master carver Frank Kim is on site several days a week to give demonstrations. Cost: $5, free for 5 and under.

Check out a unique collection of hand-carved totem poles at the Niagara Totem Pole Park.

-   Music Niagara performances take place in open-air venues on weekends during the months of July and August. Grab a blanket, a bottle of wine and enjoy the outdoor performances in the parks and vineyards. There are indoor performances, too.

-   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 at Niagara Totem Park 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.

Book a tee time at one of many championship golf courses in the Niagara Region, including the picturesque Niagara-on-the-Lake golf course on the shores of Lake Ontario.

-   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.

Ride the Skywheel in Niagara Falls for an amazing view of Niagara Falls.

-   Visit Fort George and see 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.

Posted by Donna Vieira