Get to Know Niagara-on-the-Lake

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My husband and I are avid world travellers and, when we do travel, we always prefer to explore a destination on foot. The slow, leisurely pace allows us to take in the architectural details, pop into local shops and restaurants along the way, possibly meet the locals who are always ready to share information, and smell the roses en route. Sometimes we tour on our own. Other times we book a walking tour.

Niagara-on-the-Lake Old Town is the perfect place for a walking tour. The town area is not large—it only covers about two square kilometres. Perfect for those who engage in the “10,000 steps a day to stay healthy” regimen.

The Historical Society and Museum offers a couple of options, all guided by local in-the-know volunteers:

Neighbourhood Walks

Irish Town/Rye Park and Queen Street beyond the shops are unique neighbourhoods, which feature their own landscapes and history. At 6 p.m. every Friday evening during the month of June, you can join a group of 25 (maximum) to discover these interesting nooks. On June 7 and 21, Denise Ascenzo will lead Queen Street tours and, on June 14, Judy Thornton will share her tales of the Rye Park and Irish Town neighbourhood. (The tour for June 28 is already sold out.) Tours cost $10 per person and tickets must be purchased in advance at the museum located at 43 Castlereagh Street between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

The Cenotaph in on Queen Street in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

General History Tour

The museum also offers a general history tour every Saturday and Sunday morning at 11 a.m. from June to September. Tours begin at the Queen’s Royal Park Gazebo down by Lake Ontario. The cost is also $10 per person and includes admission to the museum—a real gem, which provides an abundance of knowledge and history on the Niagara Region.

All tour participants are encouraged to wear comfortable walking shoes and to bring a bottle of water.

For more information on these tours and other special events and exhibitions planned by the museum, please visit or call 905-468-3912.


Posted by Donna Vieira, Owner, Globetrotters B&B/Gallery, Niagara-on-the-Lake