Area Info and Attractions
Niagara Parks & Niagara River Recreation Trail
Niagara-on-the-Lake is at the trailhead of the Niagara River Recreation Trail, a 56 km bicycle path that runs parallel to the Niagara Parkway through Niagara Falls and on to Fort Erie's beaches and links up with the 140 km Greater Niagara Cycle route. The trail passes many historic sights and tourist attractions such as wineries, the Butterfly Conservatory, the Niagara Botanical Gardens, the Whirlpool and the world famous cataracts themselves. See Niagara as you've never seen it before on what Winston Churchill called, "the prettiest Sunday afternoon ride in the world".
Historic Old Town in Niagara-on-the-Lake
Niagara-on-the-Lake is the perfect place for a relaxing, easy-paced summer getaway. Recognized as North America's best preserved 19th century small town, it will captivate you with a multitude of attractions such as historic Fort George, Shaw Festival Theater, with its three theatres, the upscale shopping along Queen Street, golf courses, endless parks, and our celebrated Niagara wineries and craft breweries. Relax with a carriage ride through the Historic Old Town, thrill to a Jet Boat up the Niagara River, or simply soak up the antique shop ambiance on a stroll along some of the most charming streets you'll find anywhere. Get pampered in one of our fine hotels or meet our citizens in a cozy Bed and Breakfast home; dine in one of our award-winning restaurants, and just for a little while, live the good life in beautiful Niagara-on-the-Lake!
Between the shores of Lake Ontario and the cliffs of the Niagara Escarpment lies a unique microclimate that results in a unique microcosm of outstanding wineries. Climate and soil meld to create a terroir where vinifera grapes thrive, making the region home to Canada's finest vineyards. Because great wines are made on the vine, and not in the bottle, Niagara's wineries have garnered countless awards on the world stage at events such as InterVin International Wine Competition, France's prestigious Vinexpo and the British Wine and Spirit Competition. Matching the quality of Ontario Wines are the wineries that produce them. From modest cottage to the grandest chateaux, the wineries of Niagara will leave you spellbound with their warm intimacy and old-world charm. You can rest in the shadow of enormous oak wine barrels, redolent with the promise of another elegant vintage as you experience our orchards and vineyards, breathing in the unmistakable scent of a Niagara summer.