Niagara-on-the-Lake Travel Guide

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Niagara-on-the-Lake Highlights

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    tpangelinan says…

     Lots of shopping, eating,exploring and much more. 

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     Not exactly a family-vacation destination... 

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     Go see the Falls but stay in Niagara-on-the-Lake! 

Niagara-on-the-Lake Things to Do

  • Niagara District Court House

    This mid-19th century multipurpose civic structure is located on the main street of Niagara-on-the-Lake and it was designated a national historic site of Canada in 1980 because it was designed by the prominent Toronto architect, William Thomas with Neoclassical style and symmetry.

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  • TAKE A WINERY TOUR

    The Niagara Peninsula in Ontario and the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia are considered cool climate viticulture regions. Temperatures during the fruit-ripening phase are moderate and consistent. These regions are ideally suited for the growing of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Riesling.One of the most well-known wineries in the district is...

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  • Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens

    We arrived here later in the afternoon, but couldn't resist a stop! If you visit here (and you should!), I advise you to come early as there is much to see! I'm speaking not only of the Botanical Gardens, but the entire Niagara Falls area. I would think there is plenty to see to fill a couple of days, and if you are into gambling, then you can stay...

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  • Prime Photo Opportunities

    I hope you will be able to see here some of the color and beauty that awaits. I'm told that in the spring there is a tulip festival also and would be most colorful to see, having been to the Netherlands and provided a glimpse of the many astounding colors that tulips produce! September here is nice too!

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  • Flabuous Flowers!

    The flowers amaze! They blend and contrast in a rainbow of color that makes even a poor photographer look good! Thank you... Thank you very much!

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  • This Feels Like France!

    We did not have time to walk through the entire Park, and only viewed this on our way back towards the car. But, I can easily suggest that more time will be devoted on the next visit! And so again, I would highly suggest that if you enjoy nature, color, and a soothing time spent at your own pace, you will want to visit the Botanical Gardens!

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  • Fort George - Niagara National Historic...

    I went there on a Ghost Tour. If you are interested in the Spirit world, Niagara-on-the-Lake is apparently a very active town. I'm sure if you go there on a regular tour it will be very informative, just as the ghost tour was!

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  • The Icing of the Wine

    The Niagara peninsula enjoys climate that is conducive for the growing of wine grapes. Instead of the icing on the cake, in the many wineries around Niagara-on-the-Lake, a couple of hours' drive from Toronto, you can have the icing of your wine... and drink it too! :)I love icewine (though I only know of the Inniskillin brand) and have loved it...

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  • Marynissen Estates

    In August 2009, after our Mystery on the Lake tour, we decided to try out some wineries. To our dismay we found most of them were just closing. In our final attempt we pulled into the drive for Marynissen and ended up pulling up next to the owner. He rolled down our window and asked if we were looking for wine. My friend told him yes and asked if...

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Niagara-on-the-Lake Restaurants

  • Very good meal! buffet style

    Copacabana Brazilian Steakhouse Adresse : 6671 Fallsview Blvd, Niagara Falls, ON L2G 7G1Téléphone :(905) 354-8775 Open at 17:00 to 23:00You have salad buffet and there are many varieties of meat and they are all perfectly seasoned and prepared over a charcoal fire. There were many servers too coming around with the meat and asked us numerious times...

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  • Fournos

    I love this one it's a bit small and located in the basement with no windows but the place is clean and design is great. If you are claustrophobic, try other restaurants. Their staff are very accommodating and will explain their menu if you asked. They serve both Canadian and Greek cuisine. I had an Avgolemono, grilled lamb chops and fries which...

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  • Haunted Pints

    The Olde Angel Inn. What a brilliant little English Pub. It's the oldest running inn in NOTL. The halls of The Angel are haunted by Captain Swayze's ghost. He was accidentally killed during the War of 1812. He rarely visits the upper floors of the inn, so long as the British flag is flying. His ghost is said to walk the cellar, some bartenders have...

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  • What a pleasant surprise!

    We have to thank Pauline and Mike, our B&B hosts, for helping us find this great restaurant. The Stone Road Grille is located in an old, not so nice plaza, under a beat-up restaurant sign (all that's left of it is "REST"). But once you step inside, you discover a great restaurant with a charming lounge atmosphere and amazing food at an affordable...

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  • LAWRENCEVILLE RESTAURANT .........WOW

    We went there by accident, my wife saw the patio they had filled with plant and water fountains, she asked me to stop. The food was amazing, Prime rib was so tender and the bread was fantastic. We ordered the brushetta and it was really good. My wife had a fancy hawaiian style drink that was really well presented. Her Veal Parmesan as she mumbled...

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  • Wonderful Food and Atmosphere

    My husband and I went to this restaurant last night, 10/7/06. We chose it after doing our homework . . . talking to people and reading the reviews online. It was extra important for us to choose a nice restaurant because it was our anniversary.The food was delicious! The atmosphere was very warm and welcoming!!These Rochester, NY people will...

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Niagara-on-the-Lake Transportation

  • Horse & Carriage Tour

    Although we didn’t take a carriage tour this time, I think it would be a fun thing to do, depending on the situation. The horse-drawn carriages are original, very well maintained, and the horses well cared for. If you’re planning a special outing, a romantic evening, or an unusual way to see the sights at Niagara-on-the-Lake, this would be a great...

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  • HISTORIC HORSE-DRAWN TOURS

    What a romantic way to tour Niagara-on-the-Lake. HISTORIC HORSE-DRAWN TOURS is available daily from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. Let the horse & carriage take you around the charming town and see the sites it has to offer.Reservations recommended.Wine Tours & Horseback riding available.Parent company -- Queens Royal Tours.

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  • A horse drawn carriage is one way to N....

    We did not go on this ride/tour but it sure looked like a very nice Tour and it looked well worth it. the adress is Sentineal Carriage Niagara-on-the-Lake L0S 1J0

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Niagara-on-the-Lake Shopping

  • All year round Christmas

    This is Canada's oldest all year round Christmas store established in 1985. I went there June but yes they sell variety of Christmas decor and some other stuff. They have variety of personalized items like hand painted glass name balls etc , one can wait and it's free. if you are excited for Christmas take a look and you might buy something to hang...

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  • Get High, Not Drunk

    The Niagara peninsula enjoys climate that is conducive for the growing of wine grapes. Instead of the icing on the cake, in the many wineries around Niagara-on-the-Lake, a couple of hours' drive from Toronto, you can have the icing of your wine... and drink it too! :) The last stop on our winery tour was at the gift store where as tour members we...

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  • DOWNTOWN SCENES

    A WELL DIVERSIFIED RETAIL SECTOR CAN BE FOUND up and down the main street (which is called Picton Street, and it becomes Queen Street in the western part of town.) just about anythingHere are five photos taken along Picton Street. its not too bad

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Niagara-on-the-Lake Local Customs

  • The Niagara Grape and Wine Festival

    Although they took the Grape out of the title a few years back. There was a huge uproar about it. Us long time festival goers still refer to the festival as The Niagara Grape and Wine Festival. How could it be a wine festival without the Grape?The Niagara Grape & Wine Festival is a non-profit organization that runs a series of seasonal wine...

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  • Waterworks Pumphouse

    The Waterworks Pumphouse was built in 1891 and supplied the town with water until 1983. Next to the building is an old gas powered engin built in 1919 that was used as a standby pump. The building s exterior was restored to it's origanal appearance and the inside is now the Niagara Pumphouse Visual Art Centre. This is a school for the kids to learn...

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  • Beautiful Park

    There are many beautiful parks in this area, very well groomed with lots of wonderful flowers, bike paths, park benches and picnic areas to relax in the shade. Everyone seemed to be enjoying them selves and trying to stay out of the sun. We brought our bikes up here and rode around town a little then locked them up and walked around for some...

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Niagara-on-the-Lake Warnings and Dangers

  • a taste or two, then one is hooked

    "Wine is a living liquid containing no preservatives. Its life cycle comprises youth, maturity, old age, and death. When not treated with reasonable respect it will sicken and die." - Julia Childs i as one who enjoys wines,not a geekisk oenophile nor connoiseur,but prefers the smaller wineries where i meet the maker or owneralso where fewer...

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  • Parking?

    Niagara-on-the-Lake has kept its small town charm, one way, is by not having much parking. Since it is small, if you plan on walking around the streets, get their early. Most of the parking right next to the shops is about $1.50/hr. However, as we walked around, we found lots of parking on the side streets, just minutes away from downtown, where...

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  • The police!

    As always, behave yourself and you won't get in any trouble. We are not from this country so I would not want to see what their jails are like from the inside that is, unless it's a guided tour. Not sure how hard it would be to make bail, and I don't want to find out, you know!

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Niagara-on-the-Lake Off The Beaten Path

  • Tiny quaint chapel

    On the picturesque Niagara Parkway, there is a tiny chapel called the Wayside Chapel. It is the only Miniature Chapel in the Niagara area and it is actually in use for weddings - I got married there!

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  • INNISKILLIN ESTATE WINERY

    Back in 1974 INNISKILLIN ESTATE WINERY received the first estate winery licence since Prohibition. This was the beginning of the development of the Niagara wine industry and today, the number of wineries located in Niagara-on-the-Lake continues to increase, offering visitors an unparalleled opportunity to learn about, taste and enjoy local...

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  • FORT GEORGE NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE

    The British built Fort George here between 1796 and 1799 to guard the strategic river mouth and Niagara-on-theLake. The headquarters of the British Army and Canadian Militia, FORT GEORGE became a major battlefield and played a key role in the struggle for the Niagara Frontier during the War of 1812. The historic earthworks, authentically...

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Niagara-on-the-Lake Sports & Outdoors

  • WHIRLPOOL JET BOAT TOURS

    For one hour of thrills on the water, you must try WHIRLPOOL JET BOAT TOURS. It could be a wonderful family adventure. Children ages 6 and up can go on board.Daily departures from April to October.Reservations required. Splash gear, life vests and footwear provided.

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  • Whirlpool Jetboat Rides

    If you are the adventure type you will not want to miss out on this one. You can take a JetBoat Ride to the whirlpool on the Niagara River. They have 2 types of boats, covered and uncoverd, the uncovered you WILL get soaked, we prefer to stay dry! So go down to the river around King St. and check it out, but be forwarned the lines are LONG and...

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  • The best way to get around NotL

    Biking is definitely the best way to get around Niagara-on-the-Lake. You can get a map of the downtown area and go from one historic place to the next, and there is also a nice trail that starts in NotL and goes along the Niagara Parkway all the way to Niagara Falls. Beautiful! Bring your bike or rent one at Zoom Leisure

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Niagara-on-the-Lake Favorites

  • NOTL

    Hello there.I love this little town and I did a lot of my growing up there. If you have never been to The Pillar and Post then you are in for a wonderful experince. I used to work at the bar/lounge. When I was small my grandfather would take me here for afternoon tea and we would sit, he would talk with his freinds and I would admire the...

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  • PRINCE OF WALES HOTEL

    Located at 6 Picton Street is the delightful PRINCE OF WALES HOTEL. This Victorian beauty offers 144 guest rooms. A beloved historic landmark. Telephone 905-468-3246www.vintageinns.comtoll free: 1-888669-5566

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  • NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE LIGHTHOUSE

    Built in 1903, the LIGHTHOUSE marks the entrance to the Niagara River. Standing only 45 feet tall, it is constructed of wood and has a bright red light on top. Still in use today to aid ships with navigation. On location is also a water sampling lab servicing the Niagara region.

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