10 Things To Do In Niagara-On-The-Lake, Canada

Things to do in Niagara-on-the-Lake Canada
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Niagara-on-the-Lake is a town in southern Ontario. It sits on the shores of Lake Ontario, at the mouth of the Niagara River. It’s known for its wineries and the summer Shaw Festival. If you want to stroll back through history and enjoy world class theatre, fine dining, shopping, estate wineries, farmers markets and historical sites, Niagara-on-the-Lake is the best choice for you!

1. Konzelmann Estate Winery

Many of the wineries along the Niagara River not only offer wine tasting, but educational classes as well. Some of the wineries also offer accommodations and world-class cuisine. In addition, there are also many other attractions in the area including Niagara Falls. Make this town one of your must-see wine tasting destinations the next time you visit Ontario, Canada.

Konzelmann is Niagara’s only lakefront winery, located on the shores of Lake Ontario. The winery began in the small German town of Uhlbach, near the turn of the 19th-century. A restauranteur named Friederich Konzelmann left the culinary trade to pursue the craft of winemaking. Bolstered from previous success in producing house wines for his restaurants, Friederich officially released his first vintage to the public in 1893. By 1980 Friedrich’s great grandson Herbert was 43, had a well established business and a growing family. The winery was expanding and the demand for his product was increasing more quickly than the land could sustain.

Konzelmann Estate Winery

Address: 1096 Lakeshore Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S 1P0, Canada

Website: Konzelmann Estate Winery

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2. Shaw Festival Theatre

One of the world’s finest theatre companies, the Shaw Festival is celebrated for its vivid and exhilarating productions of plays by Bernard Shaw and his contemporaries. The Shaw Festival is a major not for profit/charitable Canadian theatre festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, the second largest repertory theatre company in North America.

Shaw Festival Theatre

Address: 10 Queen’s Parade, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, L0S 1J0, Canada

Website: Shaw Festival Theatre

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3. Niagara Parks Garden Trail

This beautiful garden setting is home to the Butterfly Conservatory and serves as a unique outdoor classroom for students at the Niagara Parks School of Horticulture. Established in 1936, you’ll enjoy the beautifully maintained gardens, including perennials, rhododendrons, azaleas, a formal parterre garden, shade, herb and vegetable plantings, an aviary as well as the world-famous rose garden featuring over 2,400 roses.

Niagara Parks Garden Trail

Address: Canadian side of the Niagara River, Fort George to Fort Erie, Niagara-on-the-Lake L2E 6T2, Canada

Website: Niagara Parks Garden Trail

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4. Peller Estates Winery

It all began in 1927 when Andrew Peller first arrived in Canada from Hungary. Having owned a series of successful businesses, he came home to finally pursue his dream. He envisioned a day when Canadians, like Europeans, would come to appreciate premium quality wines and enjoy sharing them with family and friends. In 2001, after more than six years planning, Peller Estates Winery was officially opened in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.

This new winery clearly reflected the dreams and vision of Andrew Peller and is a testament to all he achieved in his lifetime. From one dream, three generations of excellence. Each bottle of Peller Estates wine represents the commitment of the Peller family to making award-winning wines of superb quality and character.

Peller Estates Winery

Address: 290 John Street East, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON, Canada L0S 1J0

Website: Peller Estates Winery

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5. Neob Lavender Boutique

The on site boutique is full of natural products using real essential oils that are made in Niagara-on-the-Lake. The young couple that own and run this shop are brilliant and kind. The costumers are treated to a tour of the greenhouse and lavender distillery.

Neob Lavender Boutique

Address: 758 Niagara Stone Rd, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S 1J0, Canada

Website: Neob Lavender Boutique

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6. Fort George National Historic Site of Canada

Cannon fire at Fort George
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Sergiu Dumitriu used under CC BY-SA 3.0

Fort George National Historic Site is a historic military structure at Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, that was the scene of several battles during the War of 1812. The fort consists of earthworks and palisades, along with internal structures, including an officer’s quarters, blockhouses to accommodate other ranks and their families, and a stone powder magazine, which is the only original building on the site. Opposite the fort, across the Niagara River, stands Fort Niagara in New York, which can be seen from Fort George’s ramparts. Fort George was built by the British Army after Jay’s Treaty required Britain to withdraw from Fort Niagara.

Fort George National Historic Site of Canada

Address: 51 Queens Parade, Niagara-on-the-Lake ON L0S 1J0, Canada

Website: Fort George National Historic Site of Canada

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7. Niagara-on-the-Lake Heritage District

Court House N-O-T-L
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This area has been designated as one of national significance. Within the heritage area is the historical town, known as the Queen-Picton District. Within the Queen-Picton district, you will find an array of shops and historic houses in a scenic environment. In the national heritage district, you will find many heritage buildings, including major historic sites.

Niagara-on-the-Lake Heritage District

Address: 1565 Four Mile Creek Rd, Virgil, ON L0S 1T0, Canada

Website: Niagara-on-the-Lake Heritage District

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8. Niagara Apothecary Museum

Front of the Niagara Apothecary
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The Niagara Apothecary is an authentic museum restoration of a 1869 pharmacy as part of a practice that operated in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, from 1820 to 1964. They open daily from Mother’s Day weekend to Labour Day, then weekends to Canadian Thanksgiving. This National Historic Site is owned by the Ontario Heritage Trust and is operated as a museum by the Ontario College of Pharmacists.

Niagara Apothecary Museum

Address: Queen Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S 1J0, Canada

Website: Niagara Apothecary Museum

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9. Niagara Historical Society & Museum

Niagara Historical Society Museum
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A vast collection relating to the town’s past, ranging from First Nation artifacts to Loyalist and War of 1812 collectibles, and it was established in 1895. The Niagara Historical Society is dedicated to understanding the history of Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Niagara Historical Society & Museum

Address: 43 Castlereagh Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S 1J0, Canada

Website: Niagara Historical Society & Museum

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10. Ghost Walks of Niagara-on-the-Lake

Take a lantern-lit stroll through Niagara’s most haunted corridors. Travel back in time to the Village of Elgin and the most haunted streets of downtown Niagara Falls. You will hear stories of mayhem, murder, and paranormal activity.

Experience the energies given off by the ions of the mighty Niagara Falls! Learn how the allure of the Cataracts draws victims that refuse to leave, even after death. A Haunted Ghost Walk of Niagara Falls is a must do for visitors and locals alike and runs year round.

Ghost Walks of Niagara-on-the-Lake

Address: 126 Queen St, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S 1J0, Canada

Website: Ghost Walks of Niagara-on-the-Lake

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Why should you visit Niagara-on-the-Lake?

You should visit Niagara-on-the-Lake because it has exceptional beauty, preserve historical places and have many activities for you and your family. It’s also known for its wineries and the summer Shaw Festival, a series of theatre productions. The flower-filled, tree-lined old town features 19th-century buildings, mainly along Queen Street. Near the river, 19th-century Fort George that was built by the British to defend against American attacks is also found in here. So if you visit Niagara-on-the-Lake, it definitely is worth your time and money, so I recommend for you to go there.

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