Things to Do in Niagara-on-the-Lake

With so many things to do in Niagara-on-the-Lake, it’s hard to know where to start! A morning stroll along the waterfront, a bistro breakfast or exploring history at Fort George National Historic Site are all great options. Any way you plan your day, you’re sure to experience delectable eats and exceptional local wines while enjoying the view.

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Food and drink

Niagara-on-the-Lake’s vibrant restaurateurs pair with local producers to offer fresh dishes that emulate the seasons.  Pair your dining experience with a local wine, beer, or spirit or head out to the vineyards for your own tasting experience. Guided winery tours are a popular option for sipping your way through the region. For non-alcoholic indulgence, try an afternoon tea service at a stately hotel. 

One signature export from the Niagara-on-the-Lake region is icewine. A uniquely produced wine, grape varietals are left on the vine to freeze before being handpicked and crafted into this complex libation. If visiting the region in January make sure to attend the Niagara Icewine Festival for an unique tasting experience. 

Outdoor and recreation

Located at the mouth of the Niagara River on Lake Ontario, scenic landscapes abound in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Walk, jog, or bike one of the paved or unpaved trails right in town. Practice your swing at one of the many golf courses in the area. Set your sights on the water for some kayaking or stand up paddle boarding or hop aboard a Whirlpool Jet Boat Tour to head out to the whitewater. Guided horseback excursions are a wonderful way to experience the serene landscapes of Niagara-on-the-Lake’s surrounding vineyards or try a horse drawn carriage for some alternative transportation while in town.

Arts and cultural experiences

This is a great place to take in local culture. Take in a show during the Shaw Festival Theatre, or hop on a bike with one of the local businesses offering winery tours on two wheels. Enjoy close to 40 local wineries. Stay in the village to shop unique boutiques and antiques or play dress up in period clothing for a souvenir snap. Niagara-on-the-Lake remains true to its 19th century architectural roots, so take a stroll in the Historic District and admire the Victorian buildings still standing today. 

Fort George National Historic Site is operated by Parks Canada and offers a glimpse into over 200 years of Canadian history. Take in an interpretive tour complete with period clothing to get a more immersive experience at the site. Brush up on your history of the War of 1812 through to modern day Canada.

Enjoy a picturesque 20 minute drive to Niagara Falls for a glimpse of Canada’s majestic Horseshoe Falls, which is not to be missed when visiting the area. 

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