Advice for Visitors to Canada
Visiting Niagara on the Lake
Niagara on the Lake offers tourists an in-depth view of a pristine little
community rich with history, brimming with entertainment, and filled with
adventure. If it is theatre that interests you, look no further. If wine
strikes your fancy, wine festivals abound, and if history intrigues you,
then you should be visiting Niagara on the Lake - an ideal vacationing
A little bit of history
Niagara on the lake was founded by loyalists who fled the American Revolution
in order to retain their roots to the British. The quaint town was to
be renamed a number of times. Originally known as Onghiana, its name was
changed to Butlerburg by the British settlers in 1781. Later it was called
West Niagara, and then Niagara in 1798. Niagara on the Lake would only
be adopted in 1880.
The picturesque little village was at one time a constant battlefield.
In 1812, the Americans invaded, captured and destroyed the town. Niagara
on the Lake holds such historical gems as Fort George, Navy Hall, Butlers
Barracks, perfect examples of early historic preservation. The town holds
the prestigious title of producing Ontario’s 1st newspaper and 1st
library. It also boasts the story of Laura Secord, and prides itself as
being a key to the under-ground railroad, which helped liberate countless
Visiting Niagara on the lake gives one the opportunity to indulge in three
stunning theatres: the Festival, the Royal George, and the Court House.
This community is home to the renowned Shaw festival which pays homage
to the late George Bernard Shaw. It offers a wide variety of theatrical
performances that draw fans of the art from everywhere. In between plays,
you can stroll through numerous gardens, art galleries and antique shops
that are all part of Niagara on the lake.
Wine, wine, wine…
Some of Canada’s finest wineries are found in this part of the country.
There are festivals year round. Niagara on the lake produces the world’s
largest volume of ice wine and, some would argue, its best. The Wine Festival
in August holds over one hundred events, which includes tours, wine tasting
and concerts. There is also the world-renowned Ice Wine Festival which
is held every January and is by far Ontario’s most popular wine
event. To top it all, Niagara’s New Vintage Festival showcases the
year’s new releases and gives wine aficionados and tourists alike
a sneak sampling of the upcoming year’s new wines. Visiting Niagara
on the Lake is a palatable experience.