Niagara Falls is at the centre of a beautiful stretch of land that follows the winding ways of the Niagara River up to Lake Erie and down to Lake Ontario, where sits the quaint town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. The unique geography is both scenic and historic, rich with traditions as well as soil. Beautifully maintained gardens and streets await, ripe with fruits, flowers, century buildings, and their history. With a population of 17,500 people, you’re sure to feel right at home in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
The preservation efforts are astonishing, and you may feel as though you’ve travelled back in time, but be assured that all your favourite modern conveniences like indoor plumbing and WiFi can be easily accessed. An integral stronghold during the War of 1812 as the access point inland, you’ll find much to interest your inner history buff throughout the town as well as at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Historical Society & Museum and nearby Fort George and Fort Mississauga.
If shopping is more your speed, Niagara-on-the-Lake is the perfect place to find one-of-a-kind, artisan, and antique items and gifts. From handcrafted fine cheese, and time-tested jams, jellies, and marmalades made from regional fruits, to fine dining and traditional fare, you’ll find something to satisfy your tastes as well as goodies to travel home with. Can we talk about the wine now? Niagara-on-the-Lake is home to popular winery estates, with tasting rooms, restaurants, tours, retail outlets, and even boutique hotel accommodations on premise. Stunning golfing greens surround the town, as well as nature trails, conservation, parklands, and picnic areas. In keeping with traditional entertainment, there are various playhouses and theatres, and of course the Shaw Festival, famous for its productions of Shakespeare. Rest assured that you can also find a pub to catch a sports broadcast and a bar with live music.
We suggest you bring your walking shoes to experience the sights, smells, and feel of the town at a meandering pace, but of course there are newfangled ways to get around. Take a bike tour with experienced and knowledgeable guides to see the sights, feel the breeze, and learn more about your surroundings. For the romantics, Sentineal Carriages offers full horse-drawn tours, fully narrated to ensure a comfortable and memorable ride for you and yours truly. There are also plenty of roadside lookouts along the water if you care to take the scenic route between your destinations.
With so much to do, Niagara-on-the-Lake is the perfect escape if you’re looking to travel back in time but still stay connected.
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