One of the best-preserved 19th-century towns in North America, affluent N-o-t-L is a strange fruit indeed. Originally a Neutral First Nations village, the town was founded by Loyalists from New York State after the American Revolution. It later became the first capital of the colony of Upper Canada. These days it’s an undeniably gorgeous place, with tree-lined streets, lush parks and impeccably restored houses, but the atmosphere smacks of skin-deep tourist cash-in. Tour bus stampedes overrun the streets, puffing Cuban cigars and dampening the charm; the town fountain is full of coins – there are no homeless people here to plunder it. Is this a real town, or just gingerbread? Is there a soul beneath the surface? The annual Shaw Festival paves the way to redemption.
Niagara-on-the-lake destination guides
Niagara Falls Grand Helicopter Tour
Marvel at Niagara Falls from a bird's-eye view on this exciting 20-minute helicopter tour. Enjoy unsurpassed panoramic views of Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake's historic landmarks, and then fly over the region's renowned wine country.
Niagara-on-the-Lake Wine-Tasting Tour with Gourmet Lunch or Dinner
Taste the best of the Niagara-on-the-Lake wine region, part of the larger Wine Country Ontario region, on this small-group tour. Niagara-on-the-Lake is not only known for being a picturesque, quaint town on the shores of Lake Ontario, but is also famous for its amazing wine and delicious dining options. On this 5.