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Niagara-on-the-LakeCanada

This charming towns offers wineries, spas, a world-class theater festival, gourmet dining and lots of history.  

Built on the southwest shore of Lake Ontario, Niagara-on-the-Lake is a picture-perfect town. It’s full of beautifully restored 18th and 19th century houses, many of them converted into inns or bed and breakfast accommodations. Profusions of flowers adorn parks and gardens in spring and summer. Charming shops selling wine, cheese and other food — as well as other items to browse and buy — line the main street. You won't find many fast-food joints here, but there are restaurants and pubs to satisfy every taste. A big plus is that the town’s surrounded by one of Canada's finest wine regions.

Stroll along Queen Street, located in the picturesque Heritage District, for window shopping. Or, buy regional wine and cheese to enjoy at one of the town’s lovely beaches. Take in a round of golf on a course that stretches along the southwest shore of Lake Ontario or mount up for a horse and carriage tour of the town. These depart from the Prince of Wales hotel in the town's center.

History buffs should head to one of the many historic sites around town. Guided tours are offered through Fort George on the east side of town. It’s well worth the price for a well-informed costumed local to teach you some of the local history. This town was entrenched in the war of 1812 when the British, aided by Canadian Militia, fought the United States.

Visit between April and October to see a performance at the Shaw Festival, named for one of Ireland’s greatest playwrights, George Bernard Shaw. The festival has been a well-attended annual summer event since 1962.

Niagara-on-the-Lake is about 30 minutes’ drive north of Niagara Falls, along the Niagara River Parkway and Queen’s Parade. It’s located in Ontario, on the Canadian side of the Niagara River.

Where to stay in Niagara-on-the-Lake

Niagara-on-the-Lake showing a park

Old Town Historic District

5/5Exceptional!(106 area reviews)

Old Town Historic District is known for its lake views, and you can plan a trip to Shaw Festival Theatre and Lake Ontario while you're in town.

Old Town Historic District
Gardens at White Oaks

Glendale

4.5/5Wonderful!(94 area reviews)

Glendale might not have many top sights, but Outlet Collection at Niagara and St. Catharine's Museum are two attractions nearby that you can check out.

Glendale
Oh, to dine in a vineyard.  This is Ravine Vineyard Estate Winery, where it's the summer of Chardonnay.  The meal is line caught ling cod with local veggies on mashed fingerling potatoes.  Sublime.  The Niagara wine region in Ontario makes for a great #delicious.

St. Davids

4.5/5Wonderful!(15 area reviews)

If you're looking for some top things to see and do in St. Davids and surrounding area, you can visit Ravine Vineyard Estate Winery and Clifton Hill.

St. Davids

Top Hotels in Niagara-on-the-Lake

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
White Oaks Resort & Spa
White Oaks Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
253 Taylor Rd, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON
The price is $121 per night from Sep 21 to Sep 22

Located in Glendale, this spa resort is within a 10-minute walk of Outlet Collection at Niagara and Niagara College Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus. St. Catharine's ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,137 reviews)

"The service from the staff was outstanding. The entire experience from the moment we arrived was excellent."…"

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2020

White Oaks Resort & Spa
Hilton Garden Inn Niagara-on-the-Lake
Hilton Garden Inn Niagara-on-the-Lake
3 out of 5
500 York Rd, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON
The price is $83 per night from Oct 5 to Oct 6

Located in Glendale, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Outlet Collection at Niagara and Royal Niagara Golf Club. Ravine Vineyard Estate Winery and Horseshoe ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (924 reviews)

"Very clean. Easy check in and out. Very nice patio that we could take our own, purchased off site, food and drinks to. Staff very helpful. There is a small restaurant on site for breakfast. Very good and huge portions."…"

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2020

Hilton Garden Inn Niagara-on-the-Lake
Oban Inn
Oban Inn
4 out of 5
160 Front Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON
The price is $201 per night from Oct 4 to Oct 5

Located in Old Town Historic District, this spa resort is within a 15-minute walk of Niagara River Gorge and Shaw Festival Theatre. Niagara-on-the-Lake Golf ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (685 reviews)

"Great location. Beautiful gardens. Parking very convenient."…"

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2020

Oban Inn

Popular places to visit in Niagara-on-the-Lake

Ravine Vineyard Estate Winery
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Ravine Vineyard Estate Winery

4.5/5(4 reviews)

You can enjoy a tasting or tour at Ravine Vineyard Estate Winery during your travels to Niagara-on-the-Lake. Discover the beautiful waterfalls and casinos in this walkable area.

Niagara River Gorge
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Niagara River Gorge

4.5/5(6 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Niagara River Gorge and enjoy the beautiful waterfalls during your trip to Niagara Falls, Canada. Make time for the casinos and local tours in this walkable area.

Floral Clock
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Floral Clock

4.5/5(4 reviews)

Enjoy the beautiful waterfalls and explore Floral Clock, a lovely green space in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Check out the casinos and top-notch restaurants in this walkable area.

Peller Estates Winery
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Peller Estates Winery

You can enjoy a tasting or tour at Peller Estates Winery during your travels to Niagara-on-the-Lake. Check out the casinos and top-notch restaurants in this walkable area.

Laura Secord Homestead
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Laura Secord Homestead

You can learn about the history of Queenston when you stop by Laura Secord Homestead. Check out the casinos and top-notch restaurants in this walkable area.

Fort George National Historic Site
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Fort George National Historic Site

5/5(4 reviews)

You can learn about the history of Niagara-on-the-Lake when you stop by Fort George National Historic Site. Discover the area's casinos, or seek out its local tours.

Top things to do in Niagara-on-the-Lake

Open Jet Boat Ride on the Niagara River - Canadian Trip
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Open Jet Boat Ride on the Niagara River - Canadian Trip

$61
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Bird Kingdom Niagara Falls
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Bird Kingdom Niagara Falls

$13
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Niagara Falls Tour with Lunch from Toronto
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Niagara Falls Tour with Lunch from Toronto

$89
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Niagara Falls SkyWheel Admission Ticket
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Niagara Falls SkyWheel Admission Ticket

$11
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
WILD MAGIC Show featuring Greg Frewin
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WILD MAGIC Show featuring Greg Frewin

$31
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
The Compromise Tour - 4 Premium Locations - Winery, Winery&Cidery, 2 Breweries
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The Compromise Tour - 4 Premium Locations - Winery, Winery&Cidery, 2 Breweries

$85
Per adult

Reviews of Niagara-on-the-Lake

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 10, 2020

I love the shopping and the grape growing area around Niagara-on-the-lake as well as the panoramic Lake Ontario and Niagara River.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 28, 2020

This Hotel had an old charm with modern options. Our room was ample and the fire place was a welcoming surprise. We were looking for a quite Hotel to enjoy Niagara on the Lake and this was the perfect choice for us. My wife and I truly enjoyed.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 27, 2020

This area is adorable. Loved the shops and restaurants. Beautiful houses and B&Bs. Great wineries! Visited for the Icewine Festival, but I'm hoping to go back in the summer time and visit the wineries again!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 4, 2020

Lovely town and best to visit off season. Lots of sales, close to The Bay and Ikea, and no crowds!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Dec 28, 2019

I miss the art galleries. Some still but not as many as there used top be.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 12, 2019

We come every year to see a play at the Shaw Festival. This year it was a Christmas Carol and it was Fantastic, the best version we’ve ever seen! We’ll top of the trip with lunch at Elements on the Falls directly over the Horseshoe Falls! Love Canada

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