If you’re a grape lover, a theater aficionado, or a seeker of old-town charm, head to the heart of Ontario’s wine country, where you’ll find the world-class village of Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Only a half-hour drive north from Niagara Falls, this well-preserved, flower-filled town was the capital of Upper Canada until 1796. The area is as filled with intriguing local history as it is with magnificent vineyards.

Learn all about pharmacists in the age of Confederation at the Niagara Apothecary Museum, dating back to 1869 and featuring displays of the miracle cure-alls once thought to relieve every kind of ailment. Watch a re-enactment of battle during the War of 1812 at the former British Army headquarters of Fort George. And from April to October, catch a performance of some of the best English-speaking theater in the world during the annual Shaw Festival, when more than a dozen plays are performed at three centrally located theaters.

Of course, this area is best known for its wine – more than 40 wineries, breweries, and
distilleries beckon. Among many other award-winning vintages, make sure to stop at the
Inniskillin Winery to taste one-of-a-kind Canadian ice wine. This region is also one of the hottest culinary destinations in the country, with countless excellent restaurants offering farm-to-table produce.

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