People often picture wine country when they think of Niagara-on-the-Lake, but that’s not the only thing this world-class town has to offer. Whether you’re a theater aficionado, a shopping buff, or simply a seeker of old-town charm, there will be something to delight you – even if you’re not a grape-lover. Here are our top suggestions for non-wine-related activities in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
Take a Lesson in Canadian History
Learn about pharmacists in the age of Confederation at the Niagara Apothecary Museum. Dating back to 1869, it features displays of the miracle cure-alls, remedies, and tonics once thought to relieve every kind of ailment. At the former British Army headquarters of Fort George, you can watch a re-enactment of redcoat-clad soldiers in battle during the War of 1812. But if paranormal activity is more to your taste, visit at night for a candlelit ghost tour of what some say is the most haunted site in the most haunted town in Canada.
Catch a Show
From April to December, catch a performance of some of the best English-speaking theater in the world during the annual Shaw Festival, when more than a dozen classic plays are performed at three centrally located theaters. The entertainment options continue year-round with a plethora of other events, from Christmas carols and film festivals to the opportunity to take in onstage rehearsals.
Shop ‘Til You Drop
If you’re in the market for a fetching new hat or feel like tasting hand-made, farm-fresh local cheeses, head to the Landmark Shops of Niagara-on-the-Lake. From luscious fudge to precious antiques, you’ll be sure to find an unexpected treasure among these local boutiques. But if brand-name shopping is more to your taste, head to Canada’s largest open-air shopping outlet mall for deep discounts on high-end fashion.
Explore the Countryside
When it comes to exploring Niagara-on-the-Lake’s gorgeous trails, it’s all about the journey, not the destination. Explore the magnificent landscape of the Niagara Escarpment on horseback with a 45-minute trail ride booked through the Niagara Riding Stables. Another unforgettable way to experience the region is from behind your handlebars – waterfront biking trails along the shores of Lake Ontario and Lake Erie pass by the historic Fort George, shops, and restaurants, giving you the best of all possible worlds. For a short trip, rent a bicycle at Zoom Leisure, or adventure-seekers can sign up for longer, self-guided expeditions through Great Canadian Trails.
For convenient access to attractions across Niagara-on-the-Lake, consider booking your stay at the Hilton Garden Inn Niagara-on-the-Lake, where you’ll be only minutes away from the region’s world-class arts and culture, local shopping and fine dining.