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The Prettiest Town in Canada: Exploring Niagara-On-The-Lake

Mar 2024 | By Patrice Custance

Niagara-on-the-Lake is where the past meets the future. The town, a national historic treasure, was the first capital of Upper Canada, from 1792 to 1796, and the scene of significant battles during the War of 1812. Today, its wine growers are using cutting-edge technology to produce world-renowned wines, and its chefs are fusing cuisines to create inspired new dishes in what has been called the “Culinary Capital of Canada.”

Looking for a bit of serenity? Take a leisurely stroll along Lake Ontario or the Niagara River Recreational Trail, indulge in a spa treatment, enjoy a horse-and-carriage ride throughout the charming town, or sit back and relax with a glass of wine on one of our many patios.

Looking for some adventure? Brave the rapids on the Whirlpool Jet Boat Tour, power cycle along one of our many trails, climb Brock’s Monument for an incredible view of the Niagara peninsula, learn why Niagara-on-the-Lake is known as the most haunted place in Canada on a ghost walk tour, or witness soldiers in period dress firing muskets at Fort George.

Or maybe you prefer some mental stimulation. We have you covered! Take in a play at the Shaw Festival, attend a lecture at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Museum, learn about the vital role Niagara-on-the-Lake played for Black freedom seekers at the Voices of Freedom Park, view some incredible art at the Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre or the RiverBrink Art Museum, or learn about the significant contributions of the Indigenous community during the War of 1812 at the Landscape of Nations Memorial.

There is so much to do in Niagara-on-the-Lake that an overnight stay is highly recommended. From grand hotels to quaint country inns and gracious bed and breakfasts, the perfect place to rest and unwind awaits you. We can’t wait to welcome you to Niagara-on-the-Lake. Whatever your interests, the “Prettiest Town in Canada” has something very special to offer you.