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 January 2019.
- 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. In the cottage guidebook you will find a coupon book entitling you to $5.00 off of every booking. Quote the number in the top right had corner of the booklet and take one coupon with you when you go.
- Niagara Vintage Wine tours: There are around 100 wineries in the Niagara area. If you book your wine tour with these folks you will receive a $10 discount per person on your tour be sure to mention you are at Casablanca Cottage or Marrakech Mansion. I would book the Twenty Valley and Beamsville Bench tour. These wineries are a 20-minute drive away from town and you are unlikely to get to them on your own. You can do your own touring of the wineries close to Niagara on the lake. Note: no discounts Saturdays June to October.
- 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 to visit, especially if you like ice cream. 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 : I favour smaller wineries that make decent reds. Here are three the I like.
- 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.
- 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.