I know the cliched terms: quiant, idllyic, sleepy so I won’t use any of those. I will, however, say that Niagara-on-the-Lake is pretty. Tourism is important here so everything about the main strip looks manicured and well-kept. People are drawn to the area for theatre and wine. Many also do what I did and make a quick stop on their way to or from Niagara Falls down the road. The town is also known for its gardens, art galleries, antique shops, and golf courses. The visitors are older. The pace is slower. It’s the kind of town I would like to visit for a quiet, low-key, sunny long weekend.
Kurtz’s is one of my favourite shops in town. They sell the best spreads, sauces, dips and other gourmet foods and there are always lots of samples. My favourites this time was a honey maple dip.
There is no shortage of places to buy knick-knacks and pretty things. This shop reminded me of my grandmother who always loved to have a garden full of flowers and sparkly things.
The Shaw festival began in 1962 as an 8-week run of Don Juan in Hell and is now a large festival with over 800 performances annually. This statue of George Bernard Shaw stands in a fountain next to one of my favourite Niagara-on-the-Lake buildings, the Shaw Cafe and Wine Bar.
I love the Shaw Cafe and Wine Bar because the building is always in full bloom. Some day I will have enough time to spend an afternoon on their patio sampling Ontario wines.
Everything in Niagara-on-the-Lake is quaint. Even the sign on the post office is quaint. But I have to admit, I’m getting tired of those hyphens between words. My kingdom for a space!
After strolling up and down the main drag on Niagara-on-the-Lake you may get a little hungry. There are lots of lovely restaurants and cafes but if you just want a tasty, grilled sandwich at a reasonable price you should check out Old Town Goodies.
The cenotaph and clock tower in the centre of Niagara-on-the-Lake’s main drag is a popular landmark and meeting place.
On the road between Niagara-on-the-Lake and Niagara Falls you’ll find the world’s smallest chapel. Actual weddings are held here, even though it’s only big enough to hold the bride, groom and officiant.
Take a look at this and tell me that you don’t think I went back in time? The Prince of Wales hotel is full of Victorian elegance, complete with horse drawn carriages waiting at the doors.
Disclaimer: I was in Niagara-on-the-Lake as a guest of King Tours.