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Staying in a Niagara-on-the-Lake vacation rental

Dubbed "The Loveliest Town in Canada," Niagara-on-the-Lake lives up to the nickname with a setting along the shores of Lake Ontario and near the mouth of the Niagara River. As if that weren't enough beauty, the town is also surrounded by lush farmland and wineries, while its picturesque downtown includes elegant 19th-century buildings. Culture vultures flock to this historic town for the annual Shaw Festival, which showcases playwright George Bernard Shaw and his contemporaries, with works staged at the town's 3 revered theatres. Niagara-on-the-Lake offers numerous inns, bed-and-breakfasts, and vacation rentals, which are popular with vacationing couples, families, and solo travellers.

History

You don't have to look very far in Niagara-on-the-Lake to find a historic landmark – there's plaques tucked away in practically every corner. The town saw a lot of action during the War of 1812, and restored sites like Fort George, Navy Hall, and Butler's Barracks are open for tours. Niagara-on-the-Lake also boasts the oldest Anglican and Catholic churches in the province of Ontario – the 1791 St. Mark's Church and the 1826 St. Vincent de Paul. Golfers have been practicing their swings since 1875 at Niagara Golf Club, the oldest surviving golf course in North America still in use.

Activities

Activities and attractions in and around Niagara-on-the-Lake

Do you want to discover attractions to visit while you're in town? Although it can be tempting to stay in your comfortable vacation rental, you'll want to experience everything that makes Niagara-on-the-Lake a one-of-a-kind vacation spot. These are some of the major attractions to see, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Aquarium of Niagara (11.2 mi / 18 km)
  • Niagara-on-the-Lake Golf Club (0.3 mi / 0.4 km)
  • Jackson-Triggs Winery (1.3 mi / 2 km)
  • Peller Estates Winery (1.5 mi / 2.4 km)
  • Ravine Vineyard Estate Winery (6.9 mi / 11.1 km)
  • Niagara Riding Stables (7.7 mi / 12.3 km)
Natural features

Exploring the waterfalls and other natural features in Niagara-on-the-Lake

Whether you're looking for exciting outdoor activities or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, you'll be sure to find the perfect setting for your vacation in Niagara-on-the-Lake. These are some of the area's most eye-catching sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • American Falls (11.8 mi / 18.9 km)
  • Niagara Falls State Park (11.9 mi / 19.1 km)
  • Bridal Veil Falls (11.9 mi / 19.2 km)
  • Horseshoe Falls (12.2 mi / 19.6 km)
  • Whirlpool State Park (10 mi / 16.1 km)
  • Cave of the Winds (12 mi / 19.3 km)
How to get there

Transportation to and around Niagara-on-the-Lake

Fly into Niagara Falls, NY (IAG-Niagara Falls Intl.), the closest airport, located 12.6 mi (20.2 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you might consider flying into Buffalo, NY (BUF-Buffalo Niagara Intl.), which is 28.1 mi (45.2 km) away.

How to get around

Getting around from your Niagara-on-the-Lake vacation rental

When it comes to getting around Niagara-on-the-Lake, a car is one of the fastest and most convenient modes of transportation. Driving in the area is fairly stress-free as well, since the town sees little traffic and there's usually plenty of free public parking available. If you prefer to leave the driving to someone else, Niagara-on-the-Lake offers public buses that connect to such neighbouring communities as Old Town, Virgil, and Glendale. The buses operate on a reduced schedule from November–April, but there's more routes to choose from during peak tourist season, from May–October. If you're looking to visit Niagara Falls – just 20 km from town – you can always book a spot on a tour bus.

Food & drink 

From peaches to poutine, eating across Niagara-on-the-Lake

Wine's the name of the game in Niagara-on-the-Lake, as the surrounding area is home to over 20 wineries and vineyards. You'll not only get the chance to sample local varieties in tasting rooms, but many regional wineries also feature upscale restaurants with farm-to-table cuisine. While you're exploring the rural countryside, make sure to stop at a roadside fruit stand for an array of cherries, apples, blueberries, and peaches – the latter is so popular, Niagara-on-the-Lake has an entire festival celebrating the fuzzy fruit. Of course, no trip to Ontario is complete without a sampling of maple syrup or poutine, and you'll find plenty of both in town.

Essential info

Facts to know for your Niagara-on-the-Lake vacation rental

Niagara-on-the-Lake has a population of 17,500 residents. The official language is English, but you'll find a number of locals who also speak French. The Canadian dollar is the currency. While some businesses will accept the US dollar, you should check to see if the exchange rate is in your favour. If you're dining out, the customary tip ranges from 15-20% on the total bill before tax. Canadian provinces and territories can set their own legal drinking age, and Ontario's is 19. Niagara-on-the-Lake is a very safe town with little crime, but you should always exercise caution while travelling.

Where to stay near Niagara-on-the-Lake?

Our 2019 vacation rental listings offer a large selection of 520 house rentals near Niagara-on-the-Lake. From 326 Houses to 61 Cottages, find unique vacation rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Niagara-on-the-Lake is on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to Niagara-on-the-Lake?

Whether you're travelling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Niagara-on-the-Lake:

  • Historic Old Town: 130 vacation rentals
  • Old Town Historic District: 111 vacation rentals
  • Crystal Beach: 71 vacation rentals
  • Ridgeway: 29 vacation rentals
  • Port Dalhousie: 16 vacation rentals

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when travelling to Niagara-on-the-Lake?

HomeAway offers a large selection of lodging choices near lovely places in Niagara-on-the-Lake. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Living Water Wayside Chapel: 524 home rentals
  • Niagara College Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus: 549 home rentals
  • Niagara-on-the-Lake Golf Club: 514 home rentals
  • Ravine Vineyard Estate Winery: 546 home rentals
  • Fort George National Historic Site: 515 home rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Niagara-on-the-Lake listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Niagara-on-the-Lake?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 326 Houses in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Niagara-on-the-Lake include:

  • Cottages: 61 lodging choices
  • Cabins: 61 lodging choices
  • Condos/Apartments: 62 lodging choices

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation homes including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Niagara-on-the-Lake?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 83 vacation homes with pool available in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

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