By KAREN CLEVELAND
Getaway From Toronto: Niagara-on-the-Lake (Photo: Theodore C)
If you’re going to invest 90 minutes of driving for a getaway from Toronto, fewer places net a higher return than a trip to Niagara-on-the-Lake. The charming town is home to breathtaking views, excellent restaurants, amazing vineyards and some of Canada’s most treasured heritage sites. Whether you fall in love with Niagara-on-the-Lake for a long affair, or just a fleeting tryst, be sure to consider these 10 tips when making your getaway plan. (more…)
By SHANNON KELLY
The pretty Victorian-era town of Niagara-on-the-Lake has no shortage of impeccably designed accommodations, but the Harbour House Hotel has something just a bit special. A boutique hotel with 31 rooms and suites, it is an excellent option if you’re seeking the coziness of a B&B—where staff go above and beyond and often greet you by name—without intimate breakfast-with-the-owner chats. (more…)
By ALINA SEAGAL
Queen Street (Photo: Sean_Marshall)
As one of the best-preserved 19th-century towns in North America, Niagara-on-the-Lake has a lot to reveal—beyond its many nearby wineries. Pretty Victorian architecture, a great lineup of summer festivals, and sidewalks made for strolling and window-shopping are just a handful of the attractions in this charming southern Ontario town. (more…)
By Waheeda Harris
Like chocolate? Like wine? The perfect pairing can be discovered during the upcoming Days of Wine and Chocolate in Niagara on the Lake, held on weekends in February. (more…)
Icewine tasting at Peller Estates Winery
By Pamela MacNaughtan
Icewine originates in 18th-century Germany, but it has been perfected in the Niagara region, and people travel from all over the world to try icewines from this southern Ontario appellation. Today Niagara is the only place on earth where the full-flavoured dessert wine is produced annually.
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By MARCELLA DEVINCENZO
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A foodie adventure is always a great reason to travel. The pretty waterfront Victorian town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, at the heel of Ontario’s greenbelt, has a wealth of wonderful restaurants and shops that make use of local produce and wineries—especially during the autumn harvest. There is a lot you can learn from a city just by the food and the people who create the dishes.
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Fall is the perfect time for forest hikes, Sunday drives, wine tours and tucking into autumn harvest meals. But did you know it’s also prime polar-bear-viewing season? From our favourite foliage tours to some unexpected adventures, we’ve rounded up the best fall getaways Canada has to offer. (more…)
Monique Lund and Juan Chioran in Kiss Me, Kate (photo by Andrew Eccles)
Ontario’s finest annual stage events open in earnest this month with previews for a number of anticipated plays. At the renowned Stratford Shakespeare Festival, audiences can start humming on April 10 as Kiss Me, Kate offers a musical interpretation of the Bard’s The Taming of the Shrew, while Peter Pan begins his magical flight on April 16. A short trip from Toronto, the Shaw Festival in quaint Niagara-on-the-Lake offers previews starting April 9 of Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband, in which a government minister must choose between a public scandal and shaming his wife. Also on the fest’s spring schedule are Mary Chase’s Harvey, as of April 1, and Chekov’s The Cherry Orchard, on April 20. An early-bird bonus: tickets to preview performances often come at a discounted price.
See all that the region has to offer, including the awe-inspiring natural world wonder that has royalty, celebrities, honeymooners and globetrotters all hankering for a view.
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Chariots of Fire Niagara Falls Tour offers a $60 round-trip excursion that includes visiting either the Maid of the Mist or the Skylon Tower, free time at the Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake, picture stops, plus a complimentary tasting at Magnotta Cellars, returning to Toronto by 5 p.m.
Gray Line Niagara Tour operates several first-class sightseeing packages from $95 including a drive through the orchard-laden Niagara Peninsula, boarding the Maid of the Mist and a winery stopover in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Pricier options feature helicopter trips.
In operation since 1978, the Niagara Falls Day Tour lets you explore either Pillitteri Estates Winery or Reif Estate Winery, scenic stops for photos, a ticket to the Maid of the Mist and two free hours at the Falls for $69.
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By train, hop aboard VIA Rail Canada from Toronto’s Union Station (65 Front St. W.). By car, take the Gardiner Expressway from downtown Toronto, which becomes the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW) outside the city and stretches all the way to Niagara Falls.