Welcome to Niagara-on-the-Lake. You’re one of 18 million visitors who flock to the Niagara Region every year to enjoy all the incredible things there are to do and see. So much so that TripAdvisor named Niagara-on-the-Lake one of the top 25 must-see destinations in Canada. Our little town was also named the top wine and food destination in the country.
Are you a thrill seeker or do you prefer culture and learning? Either way there is much to explore, plenty of yummy cuisines to taste and stores to tempt the most reluctant shopper in your family.
So what are you waiting for?
TOP 5 MUST-DOS:
The Shaw Festival: Take in a live stage performance at one of the four theatres in town. Performances take place at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. in all theatres every day except Mondays. Ticket prices range from $24 for students to $106 for Platinum on a summer weekend. Too expensive? Ask about Super Sundays, preview tickets or $30 tickets for patrons under 30. If you don’t have time to take in a performance, for $4.75 take an hour-long guided backstage tour at 11 a.m. (10 a.m. for families) at the Festival Theatre on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Fort George: See how life was prior to 1812, talk to the people, watch re-enactments and much more. Fun for the whole family.
Guided Town Tours: A number of walking and motorized tours are available. Take a Ghost Walk Tour of town or Fort George. Or perhaps you prefer a historic perspective. Or how about a Mystery on the Lake tour, which combines a scavenger hunt and history? For those who prefer to ride, there are horse-drawn carriage tours and trolley tours.
Winery Tours: Visit one or more of the 26 local wineries and find out how wine is made. Then have fun tasting some. Some wineries also offer seminars that last 30 to 45 minutes on food and wine pairings, decantering, wine glass shapes and more. You can go on your own (ask your B&B hosts about wine tasting coupons) or you can book one of many guided wine tours available and let someone else do the driving. There are also cycling wine tours.
The Falls: If you’ve never seen Niagara Falls, then you must see them by day and by night. Take a Maid of the Mist boat tour to the base of the Falls or a Journey Behind the Falls. Take in the view from the Skylon Tower or from the SkyWheel. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, meet a Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer at Table Rock House for photos and to ask questions. Catch the fireworks display over the Falls on Friday and Sunday evenings during the summer season.