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

Historic Old Town

5/5Exceptional!(104 area reviews)

While visiting Historic Old Town, you might make a stop by sights like Shaw Festival Theatre and Lake Ontario.

Historic Old Town
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 Lake Ontario and Niagara-on-the-Lake Golf Club 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
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 ¥10,149 per night

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 American ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (994 reviews)

"great service, very clean. felt safe there during COVID due to the cleanliness and precautions of staff."…"

Reviewed on Jul 8, 2020

Hilton Garden Inn Niagara-on-the-Lake
White Oaks Resort & Spa
White Oaks Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
253 Taylor Rd, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON
The price is ¥10,550 per night

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! (1,170 reviews)

"The folks and the service is really great. Rooms and accommodation fantastic. The thing I don't understand is simple Video on Demand movies costing $24.99 - say what??? Is this the robbery we are trying to create during Covid or do we just rip off customers all the time. Let's get real with pricing ..."…"

Reviewed on Jul 8, 2020

White Oaks Resort & Spa
Oban Inn
Oban Inn
4 out of 5
160 Front Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON
The price is ¥20,848 per night

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! (661 reviews)

"Beautiful flowers everywhere! great breakfast, staff cordial and accomadating"…"

Reviewed on Jun 29, 2020

Oban Inn

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

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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

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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

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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

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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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