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One of Ontario’s best kept secrets, Niagara on the Lake is home to renowned wineries, Shaw Festival theatres, amazing restaurants and in the summer, the freshest locally grown produce. Only an hour and a half from Toronto, this beautiful town holds so much history, and it’s the perfect place for a girl’s trip or romantic getaway. Read on for our quick guide to visiting Niagara on the Lake, where we share some of our favourite places to stay, eat and things to do!

Where to stay in Niagara on the Lake

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Inn on King. Niagara on the Lake’s first modern bed and breakfast, a short walk to shops and dining on Historic Queen St. and close to many wineries and spas.

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124 on Queen. A boutique hotel with a fantastic farm-to-table restaurant, Treadwell, and an incredible spa.

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Riverbend Inn. A quaint hotel on the most beautiful vineyard, with an excellent event venue. A great spot for a wedding!

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Prince of Wales. A Vintage hotel that has maintained its “old” feel. It has a lovely spa with hot and cold tubs to relax in after your spa services.

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Brockamour Manor. Originally built in 1809, this historic bed and breakfast is expertly located close to everything in Old Town!

What to do in Niagara on the Lake

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  1. Hop on bikes and tour some organic wineries. Frogpond Farm Organic Winery and Southbrook Organic Vineyards are two of our favourite organic wineries in the area. Rent a pastel hued bike from Tour de Vine and go have a tasting!
  2. Catch a Shaw Festival play. With shows running through the winter the Shaw Festival is in its 60th season in Niagara-on-the-Lake. This year there are nearly 20 different shows/concerts you can catch on various stages throughout the town.
  3. Take a ghost walk. You can’t visit Canada’s most haunted town without taking a Ghost Walk and [hopefully] meeting a few of the town’s most famous legends.
  4. Shop the Queen Street strip in Historic Old Town. From chimney cakes to endless ice cream options and great local shopping, there is so much to see and taste on Queen Street.
  5. Visit the World’s Smallest Chapel, Living Water Wayside Chapel. Located at Walker’s Country Market, locals say this is the world’s smallest chapel, but we’re unclear if that’s an actual fact. Either way, it’s adorable and it’s a must-see.
  6. Catch a live band at The Irish Harp Pub. From Thursday to Sunday, all year long, catch a live band at The Irish Harp Pub.
  7. Stroll the lavender fields at NEOB Lavender. And if it’s off season, check out their shop where you can find all things made with their local lavender.
  8. Have a spa day at Pillar and Post. A visit to their spa includes access to the fireplace lounge, heated indoor saltwater pool, hot tub, outdoor pool and hot spring pool.
  9. Check out the Ice Wine Festival. Niagara produces world-renowned icewine, and beginning in January they celebrate it! Visit Niagara on the Lake during the winter months to taste some of the most delectable icewines.

Where to eat in Niagara on the Lake

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  1. Nolaa’s. A gluten-free, keto and vegan bakery and eatery right in downtown Niagara on the Lake. During the warmer months their outside patio along Victoria St. is a great spot to relax and enjoy your food.
  2. Niagara Juice Co. The perfect place to grab a refreshing juice or delicious sandwich. Also noteworthy, the ice cream sandwich!
  3. Konzelmann’s Vineyard Dome Experience. Enjoya private tasting paired with local sourced charcuterie in a luxury dome overlooking the vineyard and Lake Ontario.
  4. Treadwell Cuisine. Located inside 124 on Queen, this fine dining restaurant includes locally sourced fare and of course local wine pairings.

Tips for visiting Niagara on the Lake

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  1. Summer is busy, be prepared for crowds and for long waits at popular restaurants. Make reservations beforehand to avoid disappointment. Visiting in the off season is a wonderful idea!
  2. As it is a touristy area, things can be quite expensive. Most places accept cash or credit cards, but there are several big banks in the area if you need to take out more cash.
  3. Find out which produce is in season and make sure you try them. The peaches in August and cherries in July are some of the best we have ever tried. There are many local farm stands selling seasonal produce so you won’t have to look hard to find them!

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