From stunning waterfalls, to the more than 200 wineries, vineyards and tender fruit farms threaded through the peninsula, world-class performances at the Shaw Festival and more, the Niagara region is a welcoming blend of stunning landscapes, rich culinary offerings and exciting cultural and entertainment options. Whether it’s a buzzing weekend or a laid-back mid-week getaway, here’s how to best enjoy a short stay.
See & Do
Niagara City CruisesNiagara City CruisesNiagara Falls Tourism
Jump on a Niagara City Cruise boat for a 20-minute journey into the churning maelstrom at the base of the Horseshoe Falls. Wear the funky plastic raincoat they give you, but be prepared to get wet!
WildPlay "Zipline to the Falls" | Niagara Falls Tourism
Be brave and ride WildPlay's Zipline to the Falls at the Grand View Marketplace. Measuring 670 metres long, you’ll feel as if you’re zooming top speed into the Falls.
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Eager for a high adrenaline adventure? Take a wild ride on the Niagara River rapids aboard Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours. Choose from an open-air boat that'll soak you to your socks—or opt to stay dry in the covered jet boat. Jet boating season runs through mid-October, weather dependent.
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Hike down one of the many trails leading into the Niagara Gorge and find a sunny rock by the Niagara River. To locate the trailhead, descend the staircase behind the Niagara Glen Nature Centre. When admiring the river, take special care not to fall in; the current is stronger than you think.
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Wear your brightest T-shirt to the Butterfly Conservatory. Dress like a tropical flower and see who lands on you!
Shaw Festival, Niagara-on-the-Lake
Shaw Festival | Trouble in Mind | Lauren Garbutt
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Enjoy a live performance at the Shaw Festival, where you can choose from plays written by Shaw himself or by his equally talented contemporaries. Each year brings 10-plus productions to three theatre stages and in summer, patrons can enjoy open-air performances.
Eat & Drink
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Sip and sample in the tasting room at Trius Winery near Virgil, then enjoy a gourmet lunch in the restaurant. In the dining room overlooking the vineyards, Chef Frank Dodd's menu brings local farmers and makers together to "create inspired wine country cuisine that makes [Truis] wines sing." Reservations are highly recommended.
Head to Silversmith Brewing Company in Virgil for dinner at the prize-winning Altar Kitchen. Beneath the timber-jacketed vaulted ceiling of this former church, sample the signature Black Lager, sip on seasonal releases with cheeky names, and dig into loaded Smash Burgers and fried chicken sandwiches. We recommend the Sweet-and-Sassy.
For a sweet treat, order a fresh peach ice cream cone and enjoy the old-fashioned feel at Avondale Dairy Bar on Stewart Road.
Stop by the Blossom Bakery near Jordan Station where Jackie Troup and her daughters Tuesday and Sunshine serve up sweet and savoury baked goods, fresh Niagara fruit and a friendly sixties vibe.
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Load up your car’s trunk with fresh fruit and veggies at Overholt Orchards Countryside Market. From peaches to peas in the pod, there’s nothing more delicious than sun-ripened Niagara produce.
Sleep & Stay
Prince of Wales, Niagara-on-the-Lake
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Treat yourself to elegance at Prince of Wales in downtown Niagara-on-the-Lake. Each of the 110 rooms in this Victorian-style heritage hotel are outfitted with antiques, traditional brocades and tapestries, crisp 300-thread count linens and plush duvets and bathrobes, though no two rooms are exactly alike. The experience is complemented by English afternoon tea service in The Drawing Room.
Old Stone Inn, Niagara Falls
Old Stone InnFlour Mill Restaurant | Old Stone Inn | Sideroad Studio
Sure, you can go glitzy and stay in one of the many big-name franchise hotels that overlook the Horseshoe Falls (“so close you can feel the mist on your face,” they all promise) or you can tuck yourself into Niagara Falls’ charming Old Stone Inn Boutique Hotel and enjoy some turn-of-the-twentieth-century charm. A gracious boutique venue that has hosted the likes of Pierre Trudeau and Princess Diana, Old Stone Inn invites you to sink into a Jacuzzi room and forget the stresses of the outside world.
Great Wolf Lodge, Niagara Falls
Travelling with the littles? Earn hero status with your kids by booking a night at Great Wolf Lodge where they’ll enjoy two days of waterpark fun and a great big animatronic welcome.
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