The Niagara region in Ontario is known for the majestic Niagara Falls. However, this area offers much more attractions for curious travelers! Not only is Niagara known as one of Ontario’s wine regions, but the town of Niagara-on-the-Lake also provides a cozy, small-town charm that many tourists are seeking. Before embarking on a trip to Niagara Falls, visitors should consider stopping (or even staying a couple of nights) at Niagara-on-the-Lake. These are 8 compelling reasons to check out this pretty town, close to the world-famous falls!
8 It’s A Picturesque Town
There’s a reason why Niagara-on-the-Lake is nicknamed “The Loveliest Town in Canada”! Niagara-on-the-Lake is one of the most incredible destinations in Canada for a honeymoon. The town offers a stretch of streets studded with specialty shops, unique stores, cafes, and dining options for visitors. In the summer, this town is trendy among tourists while visiting the world-famous Niagara Falls.
7 The Niagara Peach Pie
Niagara's peaches are full of flavor and natural sweetness, making them a well-loved treat, especially during the warmer months. They’re so well-loved that Niagara has a dedicated peach festival for them! While they’re best enjoyed as is, many people want Niagara peaches in pie form. Visitors who check out Niagara-on-the-Lake can now experience this delicious pie at several bakeries in town, such as The Pie Plate or Niagara Home Bakery. Not a fan of pie? No problem! The city also has COWS, a famous Canadian ice cream shop known for its dairy fresh frozen treats. This ice cream shop is so popular that it’s not uncommon to encounter long lineups!
6 The Shaw Festival
This Canadian festival is a popular event for world-class theater and film. From April to December, the Shaw Festival brings thousands of theater-loving visitors together to enjoy carefully crafted theater shows of various genres. The theater shows at Niagara-on-the-Lake’s Shaw Festival Theater by Queen’s Parade street. Cinema lovers and those who love the theater can enjoy the Shaw Festival while hanging out in one of the coziest towns in Canada.
5 It’s An Important Part Of Canadian History
Originally, Niagara-on-the-Lake was inhabited by the Neutral, Seneca, and Mississauga indigenous communities. Moreover, the town played a significant role during the 17th and 18th centuries, as it was the site of many battles during the War of 1812. Today, visitors can visit some of these historical landmarks around the town, including the Fort George National Historic Site, Niagara-on-the-Lake Museum, and the Butler’s Barracks National Historic Site.
4 To Enjoy Niagara Wineries
The Niagara region is not only famous for Niagara Falls but also for its winemaking! The region's climate is suitable for growing grapes, which is great for making wine. That’s why visitors of Niagara-on-the-Lake can experience some of Ontario’s finest wines during their visit. Take a day trip to explore some unique sights at Niagara’s vineyards or tour the picturesque vineyards by bike (and yes, rentals are available in town). There are a ton of wineries to enjoy near the town, including Konzelmann Estate, Peller Estates, Reif Estates, and Inniskillin. Don’t forget to try icewine, Niagara’s most famous wine variety!
3 Unique Boutiques And Shops
The architecture and buildings surrounding the town give off a charm that will make tourists feel welcomed. At the same time, there are many shops in the town that are pretty special in their own right! For a Christmas spirit (even after December), visit Just Christmas. At the same time, cheese lovers can spend their afternoon perusing the cheese selection at Cheese Secrets. Finally, for some souvenirs back home, don’t forget to drop by Scottish Loft, just beside the Scented Market.
2 Picnic At Queen’s Royal Park
Within walking distance of the town, Queen’s Royal Park gives visitors a stunning view of the Niagara River, making it a romantic spot for picnicking. Take in the cool breeze of the lake and enjoy a stroll around the park while watching paddlers and kayakers enjoy the cool waters of Lake Ontario. There are also plenty of tables and gazebos to relax on for a calming day.
1 For A Beautiful Stay At The Historic Old Town
Niagara-on-the-Lake gives off a cozy, small-town charm that many travelers will appreciate, so much, that they ought to spend a couple of nights in the pretty, picturesque town! Thankfully, several high-end hotels are perfect for honeymooners and couples, including the Prince of Wales Hotel along Picton Street. This elegant hotel is within the town’s historic center, close to local eateries and shops. What’s more, the hotel is set inside a beautiful Victorian-style building. Alternatively, there are other hotels nearby, including the Harbour House Hotel, Queen's Landing, and Greenview Manor!