Things To Do
There are lots of things to do in Niagara on the lake and area. These are a few of the things that I enjoy and I think you might as well. This update is as of February 2020
Due to COVID 19 many of the locations may be closed or working reduced times. Call first to verify.
- St. Mark’s cemetery tour: St. Mark’s is the oldest continuously used cemetery in Ontario. Donald Combe, Cemetery Sexton will guide you through the cemetery. Tours are $15.00 per person with a maximum of ten people per tour. Call the church office at 905 468 3123 for dates and tickets. For a head start on what you will see and learn about read this excerpt from the Today Magazine
- ARTPARK: Go “over the river” to Lewiston NY and attend and outdoor concert at the ArtPark. Check their web site for a full list of events. Tickets for the summer of 2020 are now available.
- Niagara historical Society town tours: Join the guides for a walk through town, Saturdays and Sundays at 11 am beginning at the Gazebo in Queens Royal Park. Tickets are $10 and are included with your Museum admission.
- Shaw Festival: I have guests who take in every play, every year. We try to make it to one or two plays a year and are always impressed.
- Whirlpool Jet Boat tours: Fran and I went on the jet boats soon after they arrived (Fran paid) in Niagara on the Lake about 20 years ago. Since then I have ridden at least 6 or 8 times. This is the most exciting thing there is to do in Niagara on the Lake. The boats no longer leave from town because of the high water, so a trip to Queenston is required.
- The Welland Canal: Go to lock three where they have an observation deck and watch the ships go up and down in the lock. Take Glendale Avenue (behind the outlet mall) to Government Road and go north.
- Avondale Dairy: This is a neat place for ice cream lovers. This is an old fashioned dairy, they advertise old fashioned ice cream since 1955. It has not changed much since it opened. You might want to stop on the way to or from Port Dalhousie. Note it is closed during the winter months.
- Port Dalhousie: Swim at Lakeside Park Beach, walk the piers out into the lake, or ride on the historic 1905 Carousel with hand carved animals 5 cents a ride! Restaurants and pubs abound.
- Bike Riding: I love riding my bike in Niagara on the Lake. From either house it is a 5-minute ride to Fort George where the riverside trail starts. I love to ride this paved trail to Queenstown, the big hill at Queenstown stops me but the trail continues to Niagara Falls. This is a paved trail along the Niagara River separate from the road, so very safe. You can also choose to ride out on the trail and back on one of the side roads through the vineyards. Contact Zoom Leisure for bike rentals, they will deliver to the house with helmets.
- Fly to Toronto for the day: Greater Toronto Airways flies from the Niagara on the Lake airport to the Island Airport in Toronto. It takes 12 minutes and you get a view of both Niagara and Toronto from the air. Leave at 8 am and fly back at 6.
- Take the Go-Train to Toronto: New for 2019 is daily service from Niagara Falls to Toronto with a stop in St. Catherines. It leaves around 5:30 am and returns about 7 pm please check the GO schedule for exact times.
- Wineries : Here are three that I frequent.
- De Simone Winery: Vincenzo graduated from the Niagara College Winery program then worked at local wineries for several years. In 2017 he opened his own winery taking over his dad’s fruit and vegetable market. It is a small non fancy winery. Vincenzo puts his effort in the wine and it shows.
- Icellars Estate Winery: The owner and winemaker was an engineer in his native Turkey. In Niagara he specializes in Red wines. The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon is excellent, buy it and store it for a couple of years. It will only get better with age.
- Marynissen Estates: At a time when the government of Canada was paying grape growers to pull out grapes, John Marynissen was planting European grape varieties. In 1978 he planted Cabernet Sauvignon grapes that are now the oldest planting in Canada. If you like red wines at a reasonable price this is the winery for you.
- Ghost Walk: While I have never done the walk I know they stop outside Marrakech Mansion during the tour. It gets you out of the house in the evening and is an opportunity to learn more about our town.