Everything you need to know about the beautiful and historic town of Niagara-on-the-Lake located close to Niagara Falls and also known as Ontario’s most loveliest town.
Located around a 20 minute drive away from Niagara Falls lies Niagara-on-the-Lake, which is often described as Ontario’s most loveliest town. Founded over 200 years ago, Niagara-on-the-lake has a rich history, and is the site where Niagara River meets Lake Ontario.
Today, Niagara-on-the-lake has a population of around 17,500, and welcomes visitors to its many attractions with beautiful lush greens and spectacular floral displays at every turn.
Whilst there is plenty to see and do in the town, it is a popular destination for wine lovers as the Niagara region is known for it’s wine and there are several wineries in the area. Konzelmann Estate Winery is just one of them and is Niagara’s only lakefront winery. Here you can enjoy a number of tours of the vineyards that the Estate provides, which cost between $5-$15 and last up to 85 minutes. The top pick has to be the “Junk Food Pairing” which couples wine with all the foods we love but know we shouldn’t eat! (Well, you are on vacation after all!)
After all that wine food and calorie banking, how about some live theatre? Niagara-on-the-Lake is home to the Shaw Festival which feature the works of the legendary George Bernard Shaw. Running from April through November, the festival operates across 3 different venues: Festival, Royal George, and Court House theatres. It is a chance to see the first class theatrical productions which span an array of different genres including serious dramas, comedies and theatre classics.
If you want to explore more of Niagara-on-the-Lake’s beautiful gardens then head over to Niagara Parks Garden Trail where an endless stream of botanical displays, heritage homes and not to mention the Cullen miniature village awaits. The trail is also home to over 2,000 butterflies which are sure to pass you as you make your way through this paradisical landscape.
You can also explore one of the many museum’s Niagara has to offer such as the Fort George National Historic Site of Canada, which houses the oldest military building in Ontario and has fantastic military displays and memorabilia. Or perhaps Niagara Apothecary Museum located at 5 Queen Street is more your style, where you can view a restoration of a pharmacy that was in operation between 1820 to 1964.
Niagara-on-the-lake is not one to disappoint those on a culinary mission either as it has over 100 restaurants, covering everything from gourmet fine dining to Cheap Eats. If you are here for a special occasion then Treadwell farm-to-table Cuisine is highly recommended. The mains include dishes such as Pan Seared Ontario Chicken Breast and Pan Seared Ontario Rainbow Trout amongst many other finely tuned delicacies.
Whichever areas of Niagara-on-the-Lake you wish to visit, you are sure to be surrounded by beautiful scenery, friendly residents and a whole host of things to do in this rich historic town that is after all, Ontario’s most loveliest!