Niagara-on-the-Lake by a Local

Janet Trogdon

Rich with history, our town is also known as the “prettiest little town” in Canada. True to our heritage, the streets and parks remain a beautiful landscape of gardens, historical markers, parks and trails. Nestled at the base of the Niagara River we can see Fort Niagara on the US side from our shore line.

In nearby Fort George, open to visitors from April to October, you can explore a soldier’s life in 1813.

Annually, now nearly 2,000 scouts from the US and Canada meet to reenact the battle that took place 200 years ago - don't miss that.


The Niagara Parks and its renowned horticultural school maintain not only the grounds around Niagara Falls but everything along the river between us and them. The geographic region lends itself well to soft fruit growing so in the summer come join us for anyone of our festivals celebrating fresh picked strawberries, cherries or peaches.

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Things to Do

Enjoying live music? Niagara Music Festival lasts most of the summer and the Jackson Triggs‘ amphitheatre has hosted well known contemporary artists including Jan Arden, Collin James, Sam Roberts and Bruce Cockburn.

Shaw Festival Theatre is North America’s largest repertory theatre. From April to October enjoy one of the many world class productions from musicals, to dramas, to comedies, you are sure to be entertained.

Golf anyone? I can’t count how many golf courses are in our area because it seems there is always a new one. We lay claim to the oldest course in North America, but book your tee off time well in advance of your arrival to town, because the Niagara-on-the-Lake Golf Club books up fast. Oh, did I mention, you can walk to it from your vacation home.

Our region is definitely known for a lot of things including its parks and trails systems. The sailing club has its regular races that makes the sunsets over Lake Ontario even more picturesque. Biking is just pure joy for the novice or the hardcore cyclist, this area has beautiful vistas and miles of relatively flat trails, or rides up the Niagara Escarpment, sure to make you feel the burn.

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Wine & Beer

I would be remiss if I didn’t talk about wine. While our region has about 100 wineries, we think our town has 30 of the best Canada has to offer. Ravine Winery won top 10 winery restaurant in the world in 2013. Inniskillin, under the careful mastery of Karl Kaiser, resurrected the craft of Ice Wine making.

The grapes are picked by hand on only the coldest nights of the year. This sweet nectar is a superb gift to your palate. Pair it with sweet, savory or salt and you will experience a little bit of heaven on earth.

Not a wine drinker, like your beer eh? Then come see us because we have brew pubs too. Silversmith and Oast Breweries have very successfully launched their breweries in town just this past year.

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Niagara on the Lake Town

Our town offers quaint shops, bakeries, fabulous restaurants like Treadwell’s, Garrison House, Ginger, Oban Inn, and Tiara Restaurant, pubs, galleries and a grocer all within a short stroll of your vacation home.

You have an option to book a tour, find a guide for a customized day of exploration or do a self guided tour through our region. We are within a day’s drive of New York, Ottawa, Pittsburgh, Baltimore so come see us. Don’t like to drive? Buffalo airport is just 30 miles away.

If you come once, you’ll come again and again. Spring, summer, winter or fall, you need to come stay awhile to enjoy it all.

About the author:

Janet Trogdon lives in the historic old town, Niagara-on-the-Lake with her husband Eric.
Janet's family has ties to the region predating world war two when her Father, Henry Wissenz, brought fruit from their farm to be canned at what is now known as the Pillar and Post Inn, a five star hotel with a world class spa.

Eric and Janet enjoy the parks and outdoor activities that the region have to offer, the hiking and biking trails offer endless exploring. A new favourite is kayaking up the Niagara River, it is a wonderous water adventure.

In addition, the couple also own website, from which they offer lodging to travelers visiting Niagara-on-the-Lake; some of their properties can be found on our sites - consider a vacation rental for your next trip to beautiful Niagara region.

Janet manages the following properties listed on HomeAway:

+ On the water cottage
+ Old Towne home
+ Rustic family cottage
+ Charming loft-style cottage

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