Ontario Visited News – Exploring Niagara-on-the-Lake

Niagara Region, ON – With the Beyond the Stage Tour over at the Shaw Festival … one might ask “what next?”, Exploring Niagara-on-the-Lake!

Photo of Ross, Cathy Scoop and Nomad at the waterfront in Niagara-on-the-Lake

With friends Ross and Cathy, Festival Nomad (Gary McWilliams) and Scoop (Judi McWilliams) had the day to Exploring Niagara-on-the-Lake and Niagara Region Wineries!

Photo of Cathy and Scoop Niagara-on-the-Lake

Our first stop, of course, was FOOD. It was an easy decision to EAT at a local restaurant, enjoying old friends and fun times! The big question, was where to eat. Niagara-on-the-Lake is a haven for foodies. so many places to eat; so many different types of food to savour.

Photo of Ross and Nomad in Niagara-on-the-Lake

With many restaurants to choose from, we picked an accessible one and enjoyed the ambiance of the sights and sounds outdoors.

Photo of Niagara-on-the-Lake restaurant

We walked (rolled) the downtown, enjoying unique shops, outstanding gardens in full bloom, carriage horse wagons strolling by.

Photo of Scoop in wheelchair with Ross and Nomad behind

Strolling, or rolling, through the town is amazing! The quaint downtown has so many wonderful shops to explore. The parks and streets, with hundreds of flowers and gardens, provide visitors a “riot” of colour and smells.

Niagara-on-the-Lake garden

And then, there is the waterfront. I’m not sure how many visitors realize how awesome Niagara-on-the-Lake’s beautiful waterfront is. Standing on the shore, you can look across the water you can see Youngstown (USA) and historic Fort Niagara.

Looking at Fort Niagara from Niagar-on-the-Lake

Imagine, “on the morning of May 25, 1813, batteries at Fort Niagara and along the American side of the Niagara River unleashed a devastating artillery bombardment on Fort George. Almost every building within the fort was destroyed. Two days later, a large American invading force landed west of the mouth of the Niagara River.

As they say, that was all history, and now we are great friends!

Photo of overturned sailboat

While we were enjoying the park in the afternoon, sudden storm came up over the like. Sailboats, who were moments before enjoying a gentle summer breeze, where thrashed by the winds and turned over. Rescue boats eventually came out from shore to help them.

Photo of Cathy and Scoop on Niagara-on-the-Lake stone shore wall

In the evening, after dinner, before going to the Shaw Festival Theatre, and the Spiegeltent, for the play “The Game of Love and Chance“, we sat in Queen’s Royal Park and enjoyed the fresh summer air blowing off Lake Ontario.

Niagara-on-the-Lake hotel

Festival Nomad TIP … did we mention we visited mid-week. The crowds, although busy, were less then what you might expect on a weekend, making this experience easy to maneuver and get around. Something to think about when you plan to visit the Shaw Festival and Niagara-on-the-Lake!

Niagara-on-the-Lake carriage ride

Check out our Ontario Event News website. There are a lot of posts about our Shaw Festival adventures!

Exploring Niagara-on-the-Lake poster

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