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Niagara-on-the-Lake
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Niagara-on-the-Lake showing street scenes, a city and heritage elements

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.

White Oaks Resort & Spa
White Oaks Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
253 Taylor Rd, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON
The price is CA $176 per night from Jun 7 to Jun 7
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! (1,166 reviews)
"The property was very clean and would have been lots of fun if not for COVID."

Reviewed on Apr. 19, 2021

White Oaks Resort & Spa
Oban Inn
Oban Inn
4 out of 5
160 Front Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON
The price is CA $265 per night from May 24 to May 24
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 ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (756 reviews)
"Incredible, attentive, and thoughtful staff. Especially Donna at the front desk went above and beyond. High price point for small rooms."

Reviewed on Apr. 9, 2021

Oban Inn
Holiday Inn Express Niagara-On-The-Lake, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Express Niagara-On-The-Lake, an IHG Hotel
3 out of 5
524 York Road, Bldg 1, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $137 per night from May 16 to May 16
Located in Glendale, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Niagara College Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus, Outlet Collection at Niagara, and Royal Niagara Golf Club. ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (989 reviews)
"This was a great stay!"

Reviewed on Apr. 7, 2021

Holiday Inn Express Niagara-On-The-Lake, an IHG Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Greaves Sweet Escape
Greaves Sweet Escape
4.5 out of 5
55 Queen Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON
Located in Old Town Historic District, this luxury apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Shaw Festival Theatre and Niagara-on-the-Lake Golf Club. ...
5/5Exceptional! (11 reviews)
"The hotel itself was extremely clean and spacious. We enjoyed our stay immensely and would highly recommend this apt to anyone."

Reviewed on Mar. 18, 2020

Greaves Sweet Escape
Charming Cottage in Fabulous Location in Niagara on the Lake
Charming Cottage in Fabulous Location in Niagara on the Lake
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON
Located in Old Town Historic District, this cottage is within a 10-minute walk of Niagara River Gorge and Shaw Festival Theatre. St. Vincent De Paul Church and ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (131 reviews)
Location location location
"So close to the water from relaxing walking and short walk to main street. The cottage was lovely we thoroughly enjoyed our mini vacation."

Reviewed on Apr. 20, 2021

Charming Cottage in Fabulous Location in Niagara on the Lake
Luxury 1835 Cottage in Niagara on the Lake. Steps From Centre and Shaw Theatre
Luxury 1835 Cottage in Niagara on the Lake. Steps From Centre and Shaw Theatre
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON
Located in Old Town Historic District, this historic cottage is within a 10-minute walk of Niagara River Gorge and Shaw Festival Theatre. Simcoe Park and St. ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (37 reviews)
Perfect location
"Beautiful property in a perfect location. Quiet and close to everything we needed. Highly recommend."

Reviewed on Apr. 9, 2021

Luxury 1835 Cottage in Niagara on the Lake. Steps From Centre and Shaw Theatre
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Niagara-on-the-Lake

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 17, 2020

Wayne Gretzky's is excellent good tour and skating and good beer.

5/5 - Excellent

Gill

Feb 13, 2020

Need gourmet restaurants .

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 11, 2020

This is my favourite place in all of canada. A picturesque small town adorned with flowers in the spring summer and Fall. A very historic town. Plenty of restaurants as well as a lake side park to enjoy a picnic.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 1, 2020

First time going in the winter. Much nicer as no crowds.

5/5 - Excellent

Maria

Jan 20, 2020

Locals were ver nice!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Jan 7, 2020

Niagara on the Lake is a quiet departure from the busy Niagara Falls area, but still rich with things to see and do. Countless wineries, B&B's and the Welland Canal are just a few things to fill a few days.

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