03 November 2019
Located within striking distance of Toronto, Niagara-on-the-Lake is the perfect spot for a mellow, short break on Canadian soil. Home to leafy streets, quaint shopfronts, and pretty vineyards, Niagara-on-the-Lake is just the place for a romantic getaway, a slow-paced solo break or wine weekend with friends. Here’s what you need to know about making a Niagara-on-the-Lake trip a reality:
Niagara-on-the-Lake is easily reached by train from Toronto on VIA Rail. While you’re there, choose to explore this beautiful region slowly on foot or hire a bicycle and take a leisurely ride around the bountiful orchards, historic sites and stylish homes.
What to buy
Charming boutiques line the main streets and offer everything from antiques to gourmet produce, locally-made fashion, rare books and theatre memorabilia. Niagara-on-the-Lake is the perfect place to pick up a one-of-a-kind find for your home, wardrobe or to gift to a friend when you return home.
When to visit
Whether you want to view spectacular bright red, orange and yellow foliage during autumn or get cosy in a warm, boutique hotel during winter, Niagara-on-the-Lake is a year-round destination that offers something different every month of the year. Visit during January and you’ll get to experience the Niagara Icewine Festival, a celebration of the quintessentially Canadian dessert wine with tours, pairings and special offers.
What to eat
The food scene in Niagara is world-class, with farm-to-table meals, artisanal cuisine and classic country cooking served in the many restaurants, cafes and wine bars in the region. In fact, 14 restaurants in Niagara-on-the-Lake have combined to form Signature Kitchens, a culinary group celebrating the joys of local seasonal cuisine. It’s best to arrive hungry!
If you’re a wine lover you’ll appreciate Niagara-on-the-Lake’s thriving wine scene. Dedicate some time to sampling vintages and touring the wine cellars of over 30 vineyards located in this picturesque region.
Where to stay
From stylish inns equipped with full service day spas, to opulent luxury hotels complete with fine dining restaurants and boutique stays in refurbished, heritage-filled buildings, Niagara-on-the-Lake has accommodation options to suit all kinds of travellers. If you want to be right in the heart of it, then book a stay at a bed and breakfast in the historic Old Town district. Prefer to be somewhere more bucolic? Try staying at a vineyard that also offers accommodation to wake up among the vines.
To learn more about the wonderful things you can do in Canada, get in touch with your local Travel Counsellor.