“The Niagara-on-the-Lake Effect” is a feeling that many people describe as unique to Niagara-on-the-Lake. It’s a feeling that’s difficult to put your finger on, but it all starts with agricultural roots, stunning vistas and the Heritage of the District.

Nestled in the corner of the Niagara Region just beyond Niagara Falls, the picturesque Niagara-on-the-Lake epitomizes old town charm.

Known by the locals as NOTL, this must visit village is bordered on both sides by waterfront with arbour-framed streets among lush boulevard gardens.  Wander through the Heritage District as you discover whimsical boutiques, enthralling antique shops and delightful bistros – maybe even a horse drawn carriage or two.

Located only 20 kilometres from the Horseshoe Falls, Niagara-on-the-Lake is the perfect day trip during your getaway to Niagara Falls.

Beyond the quaint downtown perhaps NOTL’s biggest claim to fame is Ontario Wine Country.  The area boasts close to 40 wineries, most with award-winning vintages, international accolades and distinct Niagara tastes – and of course a mention should be made of world famous Niagara Icewine.  Whether you set out on a guided tour, hop on two wheels and bike from each winery or dine at one of the many delectable winery restaurants, Ontario Wine Country has something for every grape lover.

Niagara-on-the-Lake is home to world-class theatre known as the Shaw Festival. Each season more than ten productions are performed for over 250,000 people across three theatres in the centre of town: Festival Theatre, Royal George Theatre, and Jackie Maxwell Studio Theatre. 

Inspired by the wit and passion of Bernard Shaw, the Shaw Festival is a contemporary theatre that features a diverse mix of plays from the past and present, brought to the stage each year by a talented acting company, scenic staff, and collection of resident and guest directors considered some of the best in the English-speaking world.

Besides its savour an award-winning wine, Niagara-on-the-Lake is a quiet paradise for the senses. The Culinary excellence is a trademark of this town of Ontario, from the abundance of local produce and world-class wineries to the many renowned restaurants and Signature Kitchens. There tourists can enjoy an unforgettable meal at one of the region’s renowned restaurants, or be tempted by a production of Shaw Festival Theatre, which is one of the top repertory companies in the world featuring musicals, comedies and provocative dramas.