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Welcome to our Private, Cozy and Charming cottage in the heart of the beautiful and prestigious Town of Niagara-On-The-Lake. This tranquil fully furnished one bedroom cottage is neighboring to Pillar & Post Hotel & Spa. The cottage is conveniently located in walking distance (10 minutes/1K) to the town’s unique charm, finest restaurants, wineries, quaint shops, biking trails as well as the renowned Shaw Festival Theater. Licensed with Professional housekeeping services.
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Charming cottage in the old Town steps to the Lake and just 2 blocks to the main street. Enjoy world class live theatre, fine dining or delicious pub fare, unique shops, golf at North America's oldest golf course, a stroll through picturesque parks or some time spent in the local book shop. All of this within walking distance of Shaw Cottage. Front deck and rear garden with Adirondack chairs. License No. 053-2021
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Welcome to The Blue Grape! Tucked away in the heart of Ontario’s wine country, we're a cozy cottage 1.5 hours from Toronto. Located on a quiet country road surrounded by wineries and orchards, you’ll feel right at home in our newly renovated space that features a fully stocked kitchen, dining area, cozy living space, restful sleeping quarters, patio, and bikes. We’ve designed the space to make you feel welcome and help you create lasting memories. License No. 087-2022
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Your guide to Niagara-on-the-Lake
Welcome to Niagara-on-the-Lake
Founded in 1792, Niagara-on-the-Lake is just 20 minutes from Niagara Falls, but the ambiance in this historic Ontario community feels very different from its neighbour. Yes, Niagara-on-the-Lake gets busy with visitors, particularly when the Shaw Festival, the theatre inspired by the works of Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw, is in full swing, but it’s never the heaving crowd magnet that the famous waterfalls often are.
While theatre is a main attraction, Niagara-on-the-Lake is also known for its wineries; be sure to sample Icewine, an Ontario specialty. Many wineries have excellent restaurants, too. Built above the Niagara River, Fort George was an important British stronghold during the War of 1812. Today, it’s a national historic site where you can learn about life in the early 19th century. The relatively flat Niagara region is a popular cycling destination, too, whether you’re biking the rural roads from winery to winery or along the Niagara River, where you can cycle to Niagara Falls and beyond on the 35-mile (56-kilometre) Niagara River Recreation Trail.
When is the best time to stay in a vacation rental in Niagara-on-the-Lake?
Niagara-on-the-Lake is busiest from April through October, when the Shaw Festival performs multiple plays on its three stages. Both summer and autumn, when the foliage begins to turn and the grape harvest is in full swing, are busy times to get one of the area’s vacation rentals, so come midweek if you prefer less hustle and bustle, but note that the theatres are usually dark on Mondays. For a quiet getaway, visit during the snowy winter when the village is peaceful, and the Winter Festival of Lights illuminate Niagara Falls nightly.
What are the top things to do in Niagara-on-the-Lake?
The Shaw Festival
This well-regarded theatre festival was launched in the 1960s to perform works by George Bernard Shaw. While the festival still includes Shaw in its repertory, the schedule is now more diverse, presenting a range of plays in three theatres from spring through fall. The festival also hosts lectures, readings, and other events, and you can go backstage on a tour of the main theatre.
There are more than 20 wineries in Niagara-on-the-Lake, and another 40 winemakers in the Twenty Valley west of town. Some are small, family-run operations, while others are larger, more polished experiences. If you don’t have a designated driver, consider booking a tour with a local operator who can handle your transportation from tasting to tasting.
You can’t visit the Niagara region without coming to see the famous falls, whether you take a boat tour to the cascades’ base, zipline across Niagara Gorge, or simply stand on the sidewalk and feel the spray. If you’re interested in learning more about the region’s heritage, stop into the small but modern Niagara Falls History Museum. Hikers should head for the Niagara Glen Nature Reserve, where you can trek down into the gorge.