Canada’s Prettiest Little Town: Niagara-On-The-Lake

By Cacinda Maloney

Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada

Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada

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 the charming town of Niagara on the Lake.

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, historical inns, and wineries.

Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada

Winery at Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada

It is alive and blooming, not only with the most amazing flower gardens everywhere, but also with tourist who have come to see “Canada’s Prettiest Town”.

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 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

This town breathes history, culture and elegance. The town, washed by the waters where Lake Ontario and the Niagara River meet is a must stop along the way from Toronoto to Niagara Falls.

Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada

Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada

Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada

Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada

Upon my arrival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, I learned about a celebration going on. at Fort George. It is the 200th Anniversary this year 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.

Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada

Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada


Overall, it is a pleasant day, just wandering around Queen street, camera in hand, taking it all in.  As the fresh aroma of flowers infiltrate 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!




  1. Alouise September 14, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    Lovely photos. I really wish I would have been able to spend more time there.

    • admin September 14, 2013 at 6:17 pm

      Me too, mine was only a quick tour for the day, but it made me want to go back!

  2. Jane September 15, 2013 at 7:20 am

    We were there last year for our first time and it is as lovely as you describe. The beauty of the area, the many fine wineries, the fort on the river, bicycles for rent to explore the area and the Prince of Wales hotel. Every visitor to Niagara Falls should go about 30 minutes away from the Falls and go to the quaint town.

    • admin September 15, 2013 at 8:40 am

      Yes, I agree, it is wonderful! It is the perfect pitstop on the way to Niagra Falls, but really grants spending an extra night here to explore.

  3. Mo September 15, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    Very Nice!

    • admin September 15, 2013 at 4:17 pm

      It was!

  4. Marcia September 15, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    Wish I’d realized how pretty Niagara-on-the Lake is. A beautiful reason to go the extra 20 mins.

    • admin September 15, 2013 at 7:00 pm

      Yes, I really enjoyed it and Niagara Falls is beautiful, but the surrounding town area and hotels is touristy ugly, so it is a great pit stop.

  5. Lance | Trips By Lance September 15, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    I loved Niagara-on-the-Lake. I’m pretty sure I took the same tour you did with King Tours. My only problem with the tour is I would love to be able to stay a full day and night in the town. Just made me want to go back and stay in one of the B&Bs.

    • admin September 15, 2013 at 9:42 pm

      My thoughts exactly, not enough time spent here!

  6. Jenna@Webjet September 18, 2013 at 7:26 am

    Wow – these pictures are breath taking! It makes us want to book a flight right now a jet off to Canada. So happy you had an amazing trip, thanks for sharing 🙂

    • admin September 18, 2013 at 7:28 am

      Jenna! You need to come with me on an epic tour around Canada’s prettiest little town, as I need to go back!

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