Consistently voted as Canada's prettiest town, Niagara on the Lake offers a plethora of attractions including first-class theatre, award-winning wineries, fine dining, shopping as well as many other unique activities.
Named Newark in 1792 by then Lieutenant-Governor Simcoe, it was the first capital of the newly-created colony of Upper Canada and is where the legislature met until the capital was moved to York.
The town was burned by the Americans during the War of 1812 but was rebuilt and is today a cultural and historical mecca.
Don't miss the opportunity!
Visit some of the 50 plus wineries, all of which will welcome you for a tasting, and fine restaurants.
Go to the Shaw Festival Theatre - at the heart of Niagara-on-the-Lake - featuring plays by George Bernard Shaw and contemporaries.
Discover the oldest golf course in North America, a jewel of a course which sits on the shoreline of Lake Ontario just a few blocks from our cottage.
Enjoy shopping at the quaint shops on the historic main street located just 1.6 km from our cottage.
Take some quality time to enjoy Niagara-on-the-Lake the way it was intended - by a horse-drawn carriage. During the historic Horse & Carriage route drivers will inform you about the beautiful Victorian and Georgian architecture, breathtaking landscape and rich history.
No visit to the town is complete without a tour of the venerable Fort George National Historic Site of Canada, where British soldiers, Canadian militiamen and Aboriginal peoples fought to ensure that Ontario was not annexed to the United States.
Enjoy the scenic Niagara River waterfront trail ideal to walk, bike or rollerblade.
To culminate the excitement, take a ride down to the Niagara River and the Whirlpool Jet Boats.
How to Get Here From: (Niagara-on-the-Lake is 12' drive from Niagara Falls, 45' from Buffalo International Airport and 60' from Toronto Pearson International Airport.
Toronto and destinations east/west via QEW:
Follow the QEW towards Niagara. after crossing the Garden City Skyway at St. Catharines exit the QEW at exit 38B, follow the Niagara-on-the-Lake signage onto Highway 55. Take Highway 55 12km(7mi) northeast until it ends at Queen Street. A right turn will take you into the Heritage Business District.
New York State and USA destinations
Take the QEW to exit 38 and follow the signage onto Highway 55 and into town as above. OR - follow the signage at the Peace Bridge to the scenic Niagara Parkway and follow it from Fort Erie right into Niagara-on-the-Lake.
Via Niagara Falls:
Cross the Rainbow Bridge and follow signage to the Niagara Parkway north to Niagara-on-the-Lake.
Cross the Queenston-Lewiston Bridge and follow signage to the Niagara Parkway north to Niagara-on-the-Lake.
Take Highway 401 and 403 to Hamilton, Ontario and then follow directions above from Toronto down the QEW to Niagara-on-the-Lake.