Niagara-on-the-Lake

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About Niagara-on-the-Lake

Niagara-on-the-Lake is a beautifully preserved 19th-century town with wide, charming, tree-lined streets, resplendent parks and gardens, and carefully restored houses. Unlike its brassier neighbour, Niagara Falls, Niagara-on-the-Lake is fairly peaceful in the evenings, but its postcard-perfect look and lovely lake mean that it’s popular with visitors during the day. The best places to stay in Niagara-on-the-Lake are probably those with lake views.

Niagara-on-the-Lake is a great base for exploring the Niagara Region’s wineries, and there’s an annual wine festival come September and an Icewine festival in January. There are plenty of winery tours run out of Niagara-on-the-Lake too.

There are also the expected Niagara Falls boating tours, which run upriver to the gorge and falls. Niagara-on-the-Lake also has several very nice theatres and art galleries, so it’s a relaxing spot to come for a bit of sightseeing, a bit of a nature ramble and a spot of culture.

If you're planning to visit during the summer months, don't forget to book your room in one of the best places to stay in Niagara-on-the-Lake well ahead - this is a busy place!

What not to miss

  • Peller Estates Winery and Konzelmann Estate Winery are both top spots to enjoy a tasting session.
  • Culture-vultures should definitely wander over to the Niagara-on-the-Lake Heritage District.
  • Head off on long walks with the family around Queenston Heights Park or Ryerson Park.
  • If you enjoy your history then be sure to visit the Fort George National Historic Site of Canada.
  • It would be foolish to come here and not make a trip to view the majestic Niagara Falls.

The best places to stay in Niagara-on-the-lake

For a waterfront location

  • Harbour House is a wonderful brick mansion with stunning waterfront views, now converted into a beautiful 31 room hotel. The rooms are modern and light - some have their own fireplaces- and there’s a breakfast room overlooking the lake.
  • The Charles Hotel is a smart Manor House on the lakefront with classy, comfortable rooms and all that Niagara-on-the-Lake has to offer on your doorstep.
  • As the name suggests, The Grand Victorian is a period mansion which evokes memories of times past with its traditional accommodation and antique furnishings. Plus, they also serve up scrummy food that's bound to please.
  • Set in a gorgeous Georgian mansion, Riverbend Inn offers elegant rooms with plenty of antiques dotted around - some even have their own private balconies. Enjoy an evening tipple in the 1890s bar after a day out and about. A top-notch stay!

For contemporary elegance

  • At the Shaw Club you'll find elegant rooms, and fabulous food in Zees Grill. Plus the Shaw Theatre is just across the road. A perfect spot in the centre of town.

For a hotel with a spa

  • If you’re here to relax then the White Oaks Resort & Spa is another good choice. Surrounded by a golf course and wineries, there’s a luxury spa onsite, as well as 200 rooms and an award-winning fine-dining restaurant and cafe.
  • Pillar and Post is a beautifully converted cannery, now offering luxurious accommodation in a quiet location. Plus there's a great restaurant and that all-important spa with a fantastic array of treatments to pamper body and soul.
  • Oban Inn & Spa offers smart accommodation set in a charming property. Head off on a bike around the lake and take in your gorgeous surroundings before returning to unwind in the spa.
  • The Sterling Inn & Spa is a luxurious spot, with smart contemporary accommodation boasting luxurious baths. You'll love their food and wine pairings.

For an intimate break

  • The Red Coat is a three-room Victorian property with great access to local hiking and biking trails. Tuck into hearty breakfasts each morning before setting off to explore the area.
  • Dot's Landing is a smart one-room B&B with homely interiors. Ideal for romantic getaways.
  • The Georgian Residence is a wonderfully opulent stay with plush furnishings and roaring fires. This magnificent property even offers three-course gourmet breakfasts each morning!
  • The Butler House, surrounded by a nice garden, boasts four smart rooms in the heart of the old town. Ideal for seeing all that the town has to offer.

For an apartment or villa

If you'd prefer the privacy of a self-catering option then browse through the wide variety available online with our partner, Booking.com.

Travel Information

  • If you're coming from abroad then you have three options. You can either fly into the Buffalo-Niagara International Airport (a 45-minute drive away), the Hamilton John C. Munro International Airport (75 minutes away) or the Toronto Pearson International Airport (90 minutes away).
  • You're best off avoiding visiting in the winter as it can get desperately cold! Weather-wise, the best time to visit is in the summer months - the average temperature rises to around 21°C in July and August.
  • It might be a good idea to have a car with you so that you can explore the entire area. If this is the case, look through the options available with Rentalcars.

Still not sure?

Best Hotels in Niagara-on-the-Lake

  • White Oaks Resort & Spa Niagara-on-the-Lake (Ontario) 200 rooms from £60

    Wineries, a rolling golf course surround this luxury spa and business hotel. Crisp linens, fireplaces and modern amenities in all rooms. Award-winning Chef Michael Price heads the fine dining at LIV, or a more casual affair at Play Urban Café. A modern affair close to natural beauty.

    Sights nearby  -  See one of the seven natural wonders of the world - Niagara Falls. Avaliable to see from the skies with a helicopter trip.
    Great walks  -  Use the river as a guide and explore the area by foot.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Recommended by  -  CN Traveller
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  • Harbour House Niagara-on-the-Lake (Ontario) 31 rooms from £88

    Sunset over Niagara-on-the-Lake leaves a warm glow on this red brick mansion with stunning waterfront views. Fireplaces and light interiors make the modern rooms homely. Breakfast is served in the dining room overlooking the lake. HobNob Restaurant and Zees Grill are both walking distance.

    Great walks  -  Awarded the prettiest Town in Canada Award. A good enough reason to explore it by foot and capture it all.
    Local markets  -  Local markets area a great way to explore any town. Check with reception for dates.
    Back to Nature  -  See one of the natural wonders of the world.
    Sights nearby  -  Head to the marina for a buzzy atmosphere.
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  • Pillar and Post Niagara-on-the-Lake (Ontario) 122 rooms from £99

    Niagara-on-the-lake is one of Canada's gems, and this luxury hotel is the perfect place to enjoy nature's wonders, local restaurants and wine. Large, classic style rooms look onto the pool. The Cannery Restaurant offers an all-American menu throughout the day, before or after your spa treatment.

    Sights nearby  -  The name is in the title, do not miss the famous Niagara Falls.
    Great walks  -  Waterfront trail connecting Niagara-on-the-Lake with the Falls
    Full of character
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
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  • The Red Coat Niagara-on-the-Lake 3 rooms from £77

    An intimate, historic house with Victorian features, this is a great spot for a quiet, wholesome stay. With numerous bike trails and hiking trails in the area as well as historic sights, Niagara Falls and local wineries, there's plenty to explore. Expect a warm welcome and hearty breakfasts.

    Sights nearby  -  Walking distance to National Historic sites such as: Laura Secord’s Homestead, The Mackenzie Printery and The Brock Monument
    Great walks  -  Hike, jog, or bike along one of the many trails including the Bruce Trail which begins at the base of the driveway
    Views  -  Choose from a mountain or garden view. The large porche offers a view of the Niagara River
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
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  • Oban Inn & Spa Niagara-on-the-Lake 26 rooms from £94

    Overlooking Lake Niagara, Oban Inn & Spa is a delightful hotel that marries excellent service with a warm, friendly atmosphere. The rooms are elegantly furnished and are adorned with tasteful artwork. Spend an afternoon exploring the lake on a bicycle or relax in the spa. A lakeside gem.

    Families  -  With excellent family rooms and a babysitting services, it's a great choice for a family holiday.
    Local exploring  -  Perfect for exploring the area around Niagara-on-the-Lake.
    Spa
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
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  • The Charles Hotel Niagara-on-the-Lake (P.O. Box 760) 12 rooms from £136

    A regal and refined Manor House, turned hotel, in Niagara on the Lake. The enchanting and comfortable rooms will beckon you after a long days sight seeing. Sit out on the porch while you feast on HobNobs famed seasonal dishes. The Charles Hotel is an ageless classic filled with warmth and charm.

    Foodies  -  The restaurant, HobNob holds a stellar reputation and serves up exceptional seasonal dishes, expertly paired with local wines
    Hotel Entertainment  -  Transport yourself to another time in the hotels dining room with original chandeliers, fireplaces, and timber floors
    Golf  -  Niagara on the Lake Golf Club, North America's oldest golf course, is found directly opposite the hotel
    Sights nearby  -  On a quiet side street, within walking distance of all the towns main attractions
    Recommended by  -  Great Small Hotels
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  • Shaw Club Niagara-on-the-Lake (Ontario) 30 rooms from £145

    Elegant small hotel offering exceptional service, prime location and a fabulous restaurant. Large, contemporary rooms are a great base for your days of exploring Lake Ontario, local history and vineyards. Only gourmet dishes can be expected from the Zees Grill, a casual atmosphere enjoyed by all.

    Families  -  Babysitting services are avaliable for those parents that wish to indulge in a carefree weekend at the spa and restaurant.
    Romantic Break  -  Champagne and strawberries in the deep soaking tub are just the start of a relaxing romantic weekend.
    Sights nearby  -  Fort Niagara stands at the mouth of the river on Lake Ontario and is a great spot for sunset, as well as exploring.
    Local markets  -  Head to Walker's Country Market to source some local produce and catch the general buzz.
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  • The Grand Victorian Niagara-on-the-Lake 6 rooms from £134

    This beautiful period mansion is located on the banks of the river. A quiet retreat ideal for couples or indeed larger groups. Delicious home cooked meals and brunch style breakfast. Wholesome activities in the area such as riverside walks, golf, and countryside bike rides.

    Great walks  -  Beautiful riverside and lakeside walks and hikes
    Restrictions on children  -  Children cannot be accommodated at the hotel
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Hideaway  -  Tranquil and intimate.
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  • Riverbend Inn Niagara-on-the-Lake (P.O. Box 1560) 21 rooms from £176

    A magnificent Georgian mansion, set on 12 acres of vineyards and charming gardens just outside Niagara-on-the-Lake. The superb rooms feature antique furnishings, indulgent linens and some come with private balconies. The 1890's salon bar sets a tone that echoes throughout the hotel. Picture perfect.

    Wine tasting  -  The hotel sits on 12 acres of vineyard producing Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc and Vidal
    Cycling  -  Rent a couple of bikes and set off to explore the historic town of Niagara on the Lake, just over a kilometer away
    Romantic Break  -  This genteel spot is ideal for a couples escape- with private dining, elegant suites and charming gardens
    Hotel Entertainment  -  After a days sightseeing settle in to the 1890s salon bar for a stiff drink
    Recommended by  -  Great Small Hotels
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  • Dot's Landing Niagara-on-the-Lake 1 rooms from £164

    This intimate colonial, one-bedroom, B&B is situated by the lake. Interiors are homely yet chic with wooden floors, traditional artwork and crisp white linen. Guests can enjoy coffee or a drink on the outdoor terrace. A charming spot to explore the region of Niagara-on-the-Lake.

    Great walks  -  Stunning nature trails in the surrounding area
    Fishing  -  Lakeside fishing can be arranged
    Hideaway  -  Tranquil and intimate.
    Back to Nature
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  • The Georgian Residence Niagara-on-the-Lake 3 rooms from £225

    An intimate and opulent B&B of only three rooms in Niagara on the Lake. Filled with antique furnishings, rich drapes, soft carpets and roaring fires the princely suites are a feast for the senses. Breakfast is a three course gourmet affair, continuing the tradition of indulgence. Resplendent.

    Honeymoons  -  A plush and indulgent manor house, full of antiques and rich fabrics, offering guests a glimpse into life as an aristocrat
    Hotel Entertainment  -  Cosy up with your loved one beside the in room fire with a bottle of the regions finest wine
    Great walks  -  Wander through the town and soak up all the sights and sounds of this historic area
    Wine tasting  -  The B&B offers guests a unique chance to partake in a Land Rover wine tour safari!
    Recommended by  -  Great Small Hotels
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  • The Butler House Niagara-on-the-Lake 4 rooms from £173

    An intimate, historic B&B with original period features and a pretty garden; ideal for couples on a quiet getaway. Situated in the heart of the old town, close to the shops and lakeside. There are also many scenic hiking and cycle trails located in the area for those wishing some rural respite.

    Great walks  -  Offers quick access to the many stunning hiking trails in the area
    Four poster beds  -  One four poster option
    Views  -  Garden view
    Restrictions on children  -  Adult only
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