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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

  • 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.

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Best Hotels in Niagara-on-the-Lake

  • Harbour House Niagara-on-the-Lake (Ontario) 31 rooms from £88

    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.

    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. See More

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  • Pillar and Post Niagara-on-the-Lake (Ontario) 122 rooms from £99

    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.

    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. See More

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  • The Red Coat Niagara-on-the-Lake 3 rooms from £78

    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.

    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. See More

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  • Oban Inn & Spa Niagara-on-the-Lake 26 rooms from £96

    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
    Lakeside

    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. See More

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  • On the 6 B&B Niagara-on-the-Lake 2 rooms from £97

    Local exploring  -  With the Niagara Falls, a range of excellent wineries and the town all close by, this hotel is well-placed for local exploring
    Country Escape  -  Set in the countryside surrounding Niagara on the lake, this B&B makes a charming rural retreat
    Romantic Break  -  At just two guestrooms, this intimate B&B is perfect for a hideaway couples' holiday
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.

    This rural retreat B&B is located in a renovated 1940s farmhouse surrounded by tranquil orchards in Niagara on the Lake. Guestrooms are spacious and airy, opening out onto a private balcony or terrace. Unwind by the hotel's outdoor pool after a day trip to a nearby winery for a tasting. See More

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  • Queen Regent B&B Niagara-on-the-Lake 3 rooms from £101

    City Style  -  With stylish, eclectic interiors that reflect the hosts' visual arts background, book this hotel for chic city charm
    Romantic Break  -  With well-appointed rooms, friendly hosts and a great location, book this B&B for a laid-back romantic break
    Local exploring  -  Set in the midst of the bustling centre of Niagara on the Lake, book this hotel for easy local exploring
    Local markets  -  Sample the fresh produce which comes from the surrounding region at one of the many farmer's markets; ask your hosts for tips

    This boutique B&B is located in the heart of Niagara on the Lake. The hotel is chic and stylish, with handmade, artisan design pieces in the shared spaces and bedrooms in natural hues and materials. Relax in the property's peaceful garden, filled with wildflowers, after a day sightseeing. See More

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  • The Charles Hotel Niagara-on-the-Lake (P.O. Box 760) 12 rooms from £136

    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

    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. See More

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  • Shaw Club Niagara-on-the-Lake (Ontario) 30 rooms from £145

    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.

    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. See More

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  • Woodbourne Inn Niagara-on-the-Lake 8 rooms from £114

    Local exploring  -  Located only 10 minutes away from all the sights in the Niagara region- waterfalls, wineries and great hikes
    Adult Only

    A stunningly renovated historic inn situated in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Rooms are bright and elegant with neutral palette schemes and stand-alone tubs. Unwind and relax in the library by the fire. A perfect choice for those who want a bit of quiet but still want to be close to all the main attractions. See More

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  • Casa Blanca Boutique B&B Niagara-on-the-Lake 3 rooms from £117

    Local exploring  -  The hotel is located near many of the city's main attractions, with wineries, the Shaw Theatre and Niagara Falls all close by
    City Style  -  Set in the heart of Niagara-on-the-Lake's old town in a heritage-style property, book this hotel for local city charm
    Romantic Break  -  The relaxed atmosphere, friendly hosts and convenient location make this hotel a great option for a romantic break
    Great walks  -  Explore the old town on foot with a long walk, stopping in for a drink at one of the many gourmet bars in the city

    This B&B is nestled within a Georgian-style property in central Niagara on the Lake, a few minutes walk from the town centre. The chic, individually styled guestrooms are quiet and comfortable, with high-quality linens. Start the day with a hearty breakfast before a tour of a nearby winery. See More

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  • Blue Skies B&B Niagara-on-the-Lake 3 rooms from £128

    Hideaway  -  Tucked away in Niagara on the Lake's old town, choose this homely B&B for a tranquil hideaway holiday
    Country Escape  -  Set in the heart of the Niagara wine country, this hotel makes a serene rural retreat
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the world-famous Niagara Falls, located just a short, scenic drive along the Niagara Parkway from the hotel
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.

    This charming B&B is located in Niagara-on-the-Lake, a region famous for its proximity to the Niagara Falls. The well-appointed guestrooms offer luxury linens and a cosy fireplace, the perfect place to relax after a day trip. Start the day with the hotel's renowned gourmet breakfast. See More

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  • The Grand Victorian Niagara-on-the-Lake 6 rooms from £136

    Great walks  -  Beautiful riverside and lakeside walks and hikes
    Restrictions on children  -  Children cannot be accommodated at the hotel
    Lakeside  -  Lake nearby
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.

    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. See More

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  • Riverbend Inn Niagara-on-the-Lake (P.O. Box 1560) 21 rooms from £176

    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

    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. See More

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  • Dot's Landing Niagara-on-the-Lake 1 rooms from £162

    Great walks  -  Stunning nature trails in the surrounding area
    Fishing  -  Lakeside fishing can be arranged
    Hideaway  -  Tranquil and intimate.
    Back to Nature

    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. See More

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  • 124 on Queen Niagara-on-the-Lake 17 rooms from £157

    Spa breaks  -  World-class spa offers full range of massage, esthetic and nail services, and a boutique featuring leading skincare products
    Back to Nature  -  Pick this property for access to the world-renowned Niagara Falls
    Great walks  -  Join Owen Bjorgan, a Niagara-on-the-Lake native, on a hike of your choice
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.

    A chic little hotel situated on the main street of Old Town in the heart of Niagara on the Lake. There's an option of spacious doubles and two-bedroom villas decorated in a fresh contemporary style. Boasting a world-class spa and critically acclaimed restaurant, this is a spoiling stay. See More

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  • Brockamour Manor Niagara-on-the-Lake 6 rooms from £171

    Local exploring  -  Less than a 10 minute walk to downtown making it perfect for exploring the theatres, restaurants, quaint shops and wineries
    Wine tasting  -  Peller Estates Winery is 15 minutes’ walk away
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the world famous Niagara Falls less than a 30 minute drive away
    Restrictions on children  -  Children over 10 are welcome

    A charming Georgian B&B in historic Old Town Niagara. Rooms blend traditional charm and modern amenities together with floral paintings, fireplaces and jacuzzi baths. Relax on the veranda overlooking the mature garden or play some billiards by the fire. A cosy stay for exploring the Niagara area. See More

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  • The Georgian Residence Niagara-on-the-Lake 3 rooms from £225

    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

    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. See More

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  • The Butler House Niagara-on-the-Lake 4 rooms from £176

    Great walks  -  Offers quick access to the many stunning hiking trails in the area
    Lakeside  -  A short walk to the lake shore
    Four poster beds  -  One four poster option
    Views  -  Garden view

    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. See More

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  • Lakewinds Country Manor Niagara-on-the-Lake 6 rooms from £210

    Local exploring  -  Set in the historic Old Town, there are endless opportunites to explore wineries, golf courses and, of course, Niagara Falls
    Sights nearby  -  The famous Niagara Falls is less than 30 minutes' drive
    Restrictions on children  -  Children under the age of 12 are not allowed
    Swimming Pool  -  Towels are provided

    A charming traditional B&B located in the historic Old Town of Niagara-on-the-lake. Rooms are regal with neutral palettes and marble bathrooms. The breakfast are delicious and indulgent. Spend days exploring the region before cosying up in the drawing-room by the fire with a good book. See More

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