Niagara on the Lake Attractions

The town of Niagara on the Lake with its history, heritage architecture and beautiful gardens, offers an appealing combination of sophisticated culture and nostalgia for a way of life of years gone by. The streets full of pedestrians, Victorian houses, restaurants and shops all maintained with picture ready perfection provides visitors with the best of modern amenities while feeling like they have stepped into the charming lifestyle of 200 years ago.

Shopping

Our downtown heritage district offers a wide variety of stores and quality merchandise. Along the walk from Lyons House to the oldest golf course in Canada and lakefront at one end, to historic Fort George at the other end, you’ll pass unique theme shops offering specialized items. Candy stores, bakeries, a cigar specialty shop, photographic supplies, toys, fine china and figurines, books, fashion for all ages, gifts galore and souvenirs you’ll be proud to take home.

Museums

It should come as no surprise that a town as rich in heritage as Niagara-on-the-Lake abounds in historic museums. One of the most notable is the Niagara Historical Society Museum , located one block away from Lyons House. The first structure in Ontario built solely as a museum, it houses more than 20,000 artifacts.

Located in the historic village of Queenston , the Mackenzie Heritage Printery is Ontario ’s only publishing museum with working displays. While in Queenston, don’t miss a visit to the Laura Secord Homestead for it was Laura’s bravery that changed the course of the 1812 War.

Fort George National Historic Site of Canada

Open April 1-Oct 31 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Guided tours year round by appointment

Here, history is alive. A visit to the site allows you not only to hear about history, but to actually experience the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of a garrison in the early 19th century. 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.

Inside Fort George your pace and your pulse will quicken, as you become caught up in the atmosphere of anxious preparations for war. Time has stalled here. It is the eve of the War of 1812, and the British Army still occupies the Fort.

Fort George is the focus of the interpretation programme for visitors to the Niagara Complex. Each summer, staff in period uniform conduct activities typical of the garrison prior to the war.

Galleries

The attractive river-side building and grounds of the Niagara Pumphouse Visual Arts Centre offers added insight into why the town is home to a large and thriving arts community. The restored Pumphouse houses a gallery, where monthly Sunday afternoon salons introduce local artists. The exhibitions are open to the public on weekends and most weekdays.

The beautiful Preservation Gallery on King Street displays works by Trisha Romance Alex Colville and Philip Craig.

The River Brink Gallery in Queenston displays art, sculptures and precious antiques amassed by Samuel E. Weir.

Theatre

Niagara-on-the-Lake is proud to host a world-class theatre festival, with one of the top acting ensembles in the world.

The Shaw Festival Theatre marks the 2004 season with 12 productions from April to December at three wonderful and unique venues, all located minutes from one another and from Lyons House.

Antiquing

At Forum Gallery on Niagara Stone Road and at Lakeshore Antiques on Lakeshore, you’ll find a broad range of antiques and collectibles, from small jewelry to fine antique furniture.

Each location offers the advantage of several antique dealers under one roof, ensuring a good chance to find that long sought-after treasure.

Golf

The game of golf has changed dramatically over time, but Niagara has been a haven for golfers since 1875. The first and oldest golf course in North America was created by John Geale Dickson, grandson of Catherine Lyons, and Charles Hunter on Fort Mississauga Common. It was considered to be of the highest standards, drawing international tournaments and attracting notable golfers.

The tradition continues today. In 2003, the Royal Niagara Golf Club hosted Skins Games with professionals like Sergio Garcia and John Daly playing on its greens.

Let us help you book your games in advance at Royal Niagara, NOTL Golf Club, Peach Trees or Eagle Valley Golf Club.

Active Recreation

Walk or bike the recreational trails stretching from Commons- across the street from Lyons House, through Niagara Parks, along the Niagara River to Niagara Falls .

Wineries

Niagara Peninsula blessed with a temperate climate and nutrient-rich soil is home to 40 world-renowned wineries. Along the base of the Niagara Escarpment and Lake Ontario you will find fields laden with fruit, vegetables and flowers. Peaceful villages and languid, tree-lined roads take you on an exquisite journey of Niagara ’s delights-superb wines and extraordinary cuisine.

Rent a bike or join a guided bicycle tour of our wineries. You can also follow the wine route by car year round or visit the wineries in season on a local tour bus.

Whirlpool Jet Boats

As the powerful Jet Boat speeds upriver, making their way into the breathtaking stonewalled canyon that is the Niagara Gorge. The anticipation builds as the boats splash into the whitewater of Devil’s Hole Rapids.

The ultimate destination is the legendary Whirlpool, just a half-mile below the tumbling waters of one of the wonders of the world, the mighty Niagara Falls!

So gear up, and get ready for an experience that you will not soon forget…..right here at Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours!

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