Niagara Falls Nearby: Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario

Gazebo overlooking Lake Omtario

The Town of Niagara on the Lake, located on the Niagara Peninsula where the Niagara River enters Lake Ontario, and only 15 minutes from the Falls. It is a pretty & historical town, where many buildings have architectural flavour dating back over a hundred years. Walk or take a relaxing ride in a horse drawn carriage through the downtown core area. Perhaps the finest vineyards in Niagara are found here. The town is know for its antique shops, horse drawn carriage rides, hotels , B&B's, restaurants and golf courses.

The settlement was originally known as Butlersburg, in honour of military commander Colonel John Butler, and the Town received official status in 1781 when it became known as Newark by British loyalists fleeing the United States following the American Revolution. Later, it changed names again, this time to Niagara, and the community was the first capital of Upper Canada (now the Province of Ontario).

View of Old Fort Niagara NY across Niagara River
During the War of 1812, the capital was moved to York (today, Toronto) to be farther from the waar (not that it helped!). Fort George played a central part in the War or 1812, captured by American forces after a two day cannon bombardment from Fort Niagara and the American Fleet. Later in the war, the town was razed and burnt to the ground by American soldiers as they withdrew to Fort Niagara. Undaunted by this setback, the citizens rebuilt the Town after the War, with the residential quarter around Queen Street and toward King Street, where the new Court House was rebuilt out of firing range of the cannons of Fort Niagara.

In the 1880's, the Town was renamed as Niagara-on-the-Lake to avoid confusion with Niagara Falls. The central part is referred to as Old Town or Old Niagara.

Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake

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Parks and receational pathways

Niagara on the Lake Attractions

Apothecary Museum
Located in a former 1866 drug store, the museum fascinates its visitors with many unique walnut and butternut fixtures, crystal gasoliers and rare collection of apothecary glass.

Bliss By The Falls Tours
(905) 358- 8172, Toll Free 1-866-606-6123
Take a tour of Niagara Falls, Niagara-on-the-Lake and a Tour, taking about 6-8 hours (depending on tour selected. You will be picked up by a luxury limousine (minimum 4 persons required) or van and uniformed chauffeur to embark on a first-class 8 hour tour of Niagara Falls, including dinner in the Minolta Tower Pinnacle Restaurant, and ice wine tasting at the Innskillin Winery.

Fly Niagara
Niagara District Airport
468 Niagara Stone Rd.,
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON, L0S 1J0
1-877-FLY-BY-AIR (1-877-359-2924)
Experience the wonder of Niagara Falls from the air, on a 30 minute fully narrated flight--the longest air tour available in Niagara --over the awe-inspiring falls and the beautiful surrounding region, including Niagara-on-the-Lake, considered Canada's Prettiest Town, the picturesque vineyards of Niagara wine country and historic Queenston Heights. Fly over the engineering marvel of the Welland Canal, and follow the Niagara River for a birds-eye view of the Whirlpool Rapids, Rainbow Bridge, Skylon and Minolta Towers, and the Canadian Horseshoe Falls and the American Falls. State-of-the-art Cessna high wing three passenger aircraft with forward facing window seats for all passengers. Cost: Adults - $100 CDN $68 US , Kids (12 & under) - $70 CDN , $48 US (includes all taxes). Any children under the age of 2 years ride free.

Fort George - Parks Canada
Queen's Parade (Fort George)
Niagara-on-the-Lake L0S 1J0
905-468-4257, Fax: 905-468-7638
This British fort played a key role in the struggle for the Niagara Frontier during the War of 1812, and has been restored to its state on the eve of the war. The Americans invaded and destroyed the Fort in May 1813 and it was rebuilt in 1815, abandoned in 1828, and reconstructed in the1930s. Experience the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of a garrison in the early 19th century. Costumed staff recreate lifestyles and activities of the period, so you can watch soldiers perform drill or listen to the music of the fife and drum corps as both prepare for battle on the Niagara frontier.

McFarland House
15927 Niagara Parkway
Niagara On The Lake, ON L0S 1J0
McFarland house has stood for two centuries as a monument to the impeccable manners, good taste and gracious living that epitomizes Niagara-on-the-Lake. Experience a taste of 1840's Georgian style and pace. Explore the period herb garden. Sample fine refreshments, home baking or sip a glass of Niagara wine at the McFarland Tea Garden. Open May to September. Admission: Adult $3.50, Child 6 to12 years $3.50, 5 & under Free.

National Helicopters
Niagara District Airport,
P.O. Box 129, 468 Niagara Stone Rd.,
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON lL0S 1J0
(905) 641-2222, Fax (905) 641-9674 Toll Free 1-800-491-3117
Discover Niagara from the Sky on a Jet-Helicopter and enjoy a 20 minute flight experience over the majestic Falls of Niagara, the Welland Canal and Niagara's renowned wine country

Niagara Historical Society Museum
43 Castlereagh Street @ Davy Street
Niagara-on-the-Lake L0S 1J0
905-468-3912, Fax: 905-468-1728
Established in 1895, visit our permanent exhibitions of Niagara's history and the War of 1812 gallery. Check our website for more information and special exhibitions. Open daily May-October, 10 am-5:30 pm and November-April, 1-5 pm.

Niagara Air Tours
Niagara Air Tours Ltd.
Niagara District Airport, Highway 55
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON, L0S 1J0
(905) 688-9000, Toll free: (800) 473-5533, Fax: (905) 688-9100
Fly over one of the major wine regions in Ontario, with 48 wineries growing 14,000 acres of grapes.Over historic Niagara on the Lake, you'll see sail boats at the mouth of the Niagara River, and the historic forts that once defended the Canadian-American border. Next you fly over the massive power generators and the dams behind them, followed by the two Niagara Falls, dropping 170million cubic metres of water a minute down 54 metres. Next you fly over the Welland Canal, which connects the inland ports of Chicago and Detroit to the world. Bring your camera. Tours run daily 8:00 am to 6:30 pm

Niagara Wine Tours International
92 Picton Street
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON
905-468-1300, Fax: 905-468-7477, toll-free 1-800-680-7006
Experience the beauty of Niagara-on-the-Lake with a cycle tour and vineyard picnic lunch. Guided leisurely tours suitable for all levels of ability. Custom tours can be arranged for your group or corporation. Tours daily May through October, reservations required.

Niagara-on-the-Lake Trolley Wine Country Tours
Vintage Inns 48 John Street
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON
905-468-2195, 1-888-669-5566, Fax: 905-468-8646
Enjoy a relaxed tour aboard our unique San-Francisco-style trolley. Our knowledgeable tour directors will provide en-route narration to Canada's most celebrated wineries. Tours are approximately 2 1/2 to 3 hours in length including complimentary pick-up and drop-off, comprehensive tours and tastings at local wineries. Corporate rates have also been developed for private functions.

Queens Royal Tours Inc.
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON, L0S 1J0
905-468-0333, Fax: 905-468-9543
We create lasting memories...enjoy Niagara's history, renowned wineries and glorious scenery by horse and carriage, or in a chauffeur driven classic car or from the back of a horse. Customize a package for yourself or enjoy one of the various tour packages available, all fully guided and narrated.

Sentineal Carriages
Niagara-on-the-Lake L0S 1J0
905-468-4943, Fax: 905-468-8585
Explore the rich history, majestic homes and peaceful scenery the way it was intended, in a horse drawn carriage. Each carriage can accommodate up to 4 adults and 2 children. Sleigh rides available also. Reservations recommended, open year round.

Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours
61 Melville, Marina P.O. Box 1215
Niagara On The Lake, ON L0S 1J0
905-468-4800, 1-888-438-4444, Fax: 905-468-7004
At Niagara Falls, the free-falling water transforms into a mighty river, flowing through a majestic river canyon. Everyone ages 8-80, will discover the world famous rapids, stone-walled canyon, and legendary Whirlpool. Accessible only by our powerful jet boats, this hour of adventure will fascinate and exhilarate! 7 trips daily from 10am-5:30pm, May thru October. Choice of wet or dry jetboats. Allow 1 hour. Advance reservations and payment are necessary. Cost: Adult C$54.00 US$43.00, Youth (under 14) C$44.00 US$37.00; Groups of 10+ people: Adult C$47.00 US$36.00, Youth (under 14) C$37.00 US$28.00 Departures also from Lewiston, NY

Annual Festivals



Winter Wine Experiencemid February
Shaw Festival TheatreApril to October A live professional theatre for the presentation of plays written by George Bernard Shaw and his contemporaries.
Virgil Stampedelate May Virgil
St. Davids Heritage Days end May 10 am to 5 pm. Enjoy entertainment by local singing and dancing groups and experience history through presentations by local heritage organizations, the Lincoln Artillery and the Fort George Fife and Drum Corps. Delicious refreshments available at old-fashioned prices. Free admission. Lions Club Park, York Road , St. Davids. 905-262-5036
Annual Cherry Festival early JulyCelebrate the cherry harvest on the grounds of St. Mark's Anglican Church. Information: 905-468-3123
Canada Day at Fort George July 1Celebrations held in Simcoe Park during the day and Fort George in the evening. Fireworks, music, food, cannon firing. 905-468-6614
Niagara International Chamber Music Festival mid July to mid AugustIntimate music performed daily by internationally renowned artists in the churches, wineries and Court House of Niagara-on-the-Lake. 1-877-MUSFEST (687-3378)
A Peach Of A Celebration mid AugustNiagara celebrates the peach harvest with a day of music, fun and lots of peaches on Queen Street. For details call 905-468-1950.
Peach Festival mid AugustEnjoy a variety of peach foods and a day of activities on the grounds of St. Vincent de Paul Church. Noon to 5pm. Call 905-468-7272.
Fife And Drum Muster And Soldier's Field Day At Fort George mid AugustThe sounds of fifes and drums, musketry and cannon firing fill the fort, as fife and drum corps and soldiers from historic sites across North America display their centuries old skills. 905-468-6614
A Peach Of A Celebration mid AugustNiagara celebrates the peach harvest with a day of music, fun and lots of peaches on Queen Street. For details call 905-468-1950.
Doors Open mid OctoberA bi-national weekend celebration of our architectural heritage with communities in the Buffalo and Niagara Falls, NY area. Dozens of buildings and sites will be open at no charge. Call 905-468-1950 or 1-888-333-1987 also visit
Santa Claus Parade mid DecemberThe Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake presents one of Ontario's best Santa Claus Parades, starting at 11am. Call for details 905-468-4261.

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