Niagara-on-the-Lake is known for its friendly people, as well as an abundance of parks, outdoor activities, a beautiful heritage district and good restaurants. This all contributes to a great quality of life for those who choose to call it home. Whether you are an avid golfer, hiker, cyclist or wine aficionado you will find a large number of options when it comes to filling your days and nights in this lively community.
Located on the Niagara Peninsula where the Niagara River meets Lake Ontario, the region boasts a vibrant art scene, popular picturesque beaches and beautiful natural vistas. Drawing both old and young alike there are many reasons why the Niagara-on-the-Lake real estate market has continued to see substantial growth. If you are thinking of relocating or simply planning on spending a few days touring here are some things to check out while you are there.
Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens
Plan to spend some time strolling through the 99 acres of immaculately manicured and maintained gardens taking in what it has to offer. Their world-famous rose garden will leave you wowed and the Butterfly Conservatory is a must see. With over 2,000 butterflies from 45 different species, visitors are transported into a lush tropical paradise. Guided horse and carriage tours are available to visitors in the summer months.
Hike the Trails
There are many walking and hiking trails in and around Niagara-on-the-Lake featuring natural settings suitable for all physical abilities. From strolls through the wetlands, to lakefront sand dunes and grass meadows to longer hikes through dense forests spend the day or a few hours exploring the outdoor playground the area offers to those who want to take a break from it all and breathe in the fresh air that surrounds.
If you enjoy wine tours and tastings, Niagara-on-the-Lake wine country is the place to be. This diverse and dynamic region is a great place to spend the day. Consider booking a guided tour especially if travelling as a group or take a drive and stop when it suits you. Some wineries expect reservations so be aware of that. Plan to eat at one of the many restaurants, sipping wine and taking in the beautiful views surrounding you.
Niagara-on-the-Lake is well known for its restaurants. If you want to eat a great meal you can find one among a multitude of establishments offering whatever level of sophistication you choose. From relaxed patio fares to trendy oyster bars and five-star establishments whatever your tastes you won’t be disappointed. Check out a local winery or one of the many breweries serving food. Bring your appetite and enjoy.
A Round of Golf
If golfing is your thing, you will find a wide variety of amazing courses to pick from. World-class courses that are challenging and rewarding meet picturesque views of Lake Ontario. Get a group together for a round of golf or plan an event on one the many private or public golfing establishments that dot the area around Niagara-on-the-Lake. Spend the day on the course and have dinner at one of the many clubhouses.
Check Out the Falls
Though not located directly in Niagara-on-the-Lake consider doing the 25-minute drive and take in the spectacular Niagara Falls. Enjoy the view from the top or bottom of the falls and plan on bringing a picnic lunch to eat in one of the many beautiful parks. If you are feeling brave take a boat tour and feel the full power of the falls, mist and all. It is a sight you won’t forget and you will be happy to have made the trip to see it.
Sightsee by Cycle
There are numerous biking routes professionally created for those who love to tour an area on a two-wheeler. Niagara-on-the-Lake offers great riding options for all abilities with decently flat routes through rural areas often following the Niagara River. Plan your route and pack a lunch to eat along the way. Some of the pathways include restaurants, historical sites and numerous attractions for an incredible day on the bike.
The National Historic District
One of the things that makes Niagara-on-the-Lake such a fun place to visit is the beautifully-preserved heritage brick buildings built alongside older Victorian properties dating from the early to mid-1800s. Niagara-on-the-Lake has taken great effort to ensure the quaint historic village is well-maintained so visitors and residents can enjoy their time spent taking in the sites.