Here is another one of those secret gems I have learned about on my travels: Niagara on the Lake is one of Canada’s best-kept secrets! If you are planning a visit to Niagara Falls, it is well worth journeying the extra 20 minutes beyond the stunning waterfalls to visit this charming town of Niagara on the Lake.

Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada

Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada

Niagara Falls, Canada side

Niagara Falls, Canada side

It is hard to believe this place was virtually erased by the burning of the town by Americans during the war of 1812.  Now filled with theaters, fine dining, unique shops, B&B’s, historic inns, spas, and wineries.

Niagara on the Lake Attractions: Wineries

The wineries are abundant and everywhere you turn, you hear mention of a new one popping up.

Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada

Winery at Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada

Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada

Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada

Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada

Flowers in Bloom Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada

Niagara on the Lake Attractions: Stroll the Town

It is alive and blooming, not only with the most amazing flower gardens everywhere but also with tourists who have come to see “Canada’s Prettiest Town” Niagara-on-the-Lake was awarded that title in the 1996 “Communities in Bloom” competition and BLOOM it was, while I had my short visit to this historic town.

Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada

Stunning array of flowers at Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada

Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada

Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada

Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada

Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada

Niagara on the Lake Attractions: Fort George

Upon my arrival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, I learned about a celebration going on at Fort George. It was the 200th Anniversary of the end of the War of 1812, when the USA’s ground artillery attacked Canada, choosing Niagara’s Fort George as the target. Here the staff dress up like period British uniforms and put on a demonstration of the war. It is a living museum where you can watch soldiers perform drills. Since my first visit in 2012, the town has had an upswing in tourism visits and still do the re-enactment each year in the summer.

Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada

Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada

Overall, I had a pleasant day on my recent visit wandering around Queen street, camera in hand, taking it all in. As the fresh aroma of flowers infiltrates your nose, the beauty surrounds this little pretty town and as my friend, fellow travel writer Allouise Dittrick of Traveler’s Ahoy says “Niagara-on-the-Lake:  You’re Pretty Pretty!”

 

Disclosure:  My trip to Niagara-on-the-Lake was courtesy of King Tours.  Niagara-on-the-Lakes if one of the stops along the way with the Niagara Falls Tour.  Take the tour, it is worth it!  The opinions expressed here are my completely my own!