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People have lived in NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE for over 10,000 years and has the distinction of being the most historic town in Ontario. Many wonderful features make the town unique with a number of historic sites, award-winning wineries, first class hotels and Bed& Breakfast guest houses, superb restaurants and shops and the renowned Shaw Festival Theatres.
Hans and I really enjoyed strolling through the town along Queen Street with all its colorful shops. We also explored nearby Fort George and toured Inniskillin Winery. So if you are ever in the Niagara Falls region, be sure not to miss this historic gem.


This is the third and only surviving Court House erected for the former Niagara District . Constructed between 1846 and 1848, it was designed by a prominent Toronto architect in neoclassical style favoured for 19th century public buildings. Located on Queen Street, the NIAGARA DISTRICT COURT HOUSE or Le Palais de Justice du District de Niagara, became the Town Hall in 1862. Restored in 1981as the town's bicentennial project, the building houses a refurbished Lord Mayor's Chambers, the Chamber of Commerce and Parks Canada offices. During the Shaw Festival season, an intimate 327 seat theatre operates from within the Court House.


Popular attractions unto themselves, the shops of the picturesque Heritage District of Niagara-on-the-Lake are located in well-preserved buildings dating back to 1817. The grand boulevard of QUEEN STREET anchors this shopping area, lined with gorgeous floral plantings, historic sites and the three theatres that house the Shaw Festival. Queen Street and the adjoining side streets and courtyards, contain small, individually owned businesses where the merchandise is unique, offering everything from fashionable attire, jewellry, art and giftware to local wines and Niagara culinary products

  • Last visit to Niagara-on-the-Lake: May 2004
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Mar 11, 2014 at 2:16 AM

    This sounds like a nice area! The jet boat is very different to what we have here.

    • LoriPori's Profile Photo
      Mar 11, 2014 at 2:48 AM

      Niagara-on-the-Lake is a lovely place to visit after the hustle and bustle of Niagara Falls. Thanks for stopping by.

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Jun 22, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    Loads of wonderful historical things to see here. My kind of place Lori! Excellent page!

    • LoriPori's Profile Photo
      Jun 29, 2013 at 3:41 AM

      Thanks for stopping by and yes Niagara-on-the-Lake is a special place to visit. I am sure you would love it there,

  • Jan 7, 2009 at 8:23 AM

    please give me your web page. I want shop on line. thanks.

  • Faiza-Ifrah's Profile Photo
    Mar 11, 2008 at 8:55 AM

    some very nice tips, especially on travel information, shopping and transportation for my custom travel guide to visit niagara environs on all long weekends in spring and summer 2008

  • starship's Profile Photo
    Oct 2, 2007 at 4:49 PM

    This quaint looking town seems to have quite a bit to offer. Love the lighthouse. Nice page!

  • xaver's Profile Photo
    Jul 24, 2007 at 12:25 PM

    A Christmas shop opened 12 months, children must be happy of that. Nice place would love to come here and taste some wine.

  • ATXtraveler's Profile Photo
    May 4, 2007 at 9:01 AM

    You were right... this is a charming little town.

  • Diana75's Profile Photo
    Mar 27, 2007 at 2:54 PM

    Great pictures of the lighthouse! I really enjoyed reading your tips about this unknown place for me.

  • traveldave's Profile Photo
    Mar 15, 2007 at 9:20 AM

    I drove through there on my way to Niagara Falls from Toronto. Too bad I hadn't read this page beforehand. I would have stopped.

  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Feb 11, 2007 at 9:27 PM

    I never had the opportunity to taste icewine but that must be delicious! Christmas all year round, that is amazing!


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