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Niagara-on-the-Lake

26 Queen Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON

The Basics

Niagara-on-the-Lake is famous for its wine, art, and music culture. The town is home to dozens of wineries, ranging from small boutiques to large estates, each with its own personality. Visitors can sample the area’s wide variety of world-class wines on a small-group wine tasting tour, enjoy a gourmet meal at one of the area’s restaurants, or opt for a private food and wine-tasting excursion with an expert tour guide. A bike tour of the area is a good option for travelers who want to get some exercise, take in the surroundings, and sample local wine along the way. Fans of the performing arts can visit one of the town’s many theaters, such as the Shaw Festival Theatre, Court House Theatre, and Royal George Theatre, while art aficionados can stop by galleries including the Angie Strauss Gallery and the Romance Collection Gallery. For an overview of Niagara highlights, take a day trip from Toronto and visit Niagara-on-the-Lake along with popular attractions such as Whirlpool Rapids, Queenston Heights, and the historic Fort George. It’s also possible to combine a visit with a ride aboard the Hornblower Niagara cruise ship for amazing views of all three falls.

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Day-Trip from Toronto to Niagara Falls with Falls Boat Ride
Day-Trip from Toronto to Niagara Falls with Falls Boat Ride
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$126.54 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Amazing visit to the unbelievable falls
Roy the tour guide was excellent throughout the day. Niagra was amazing, not busy, which meant we had a really relaxed visit. Unfortunately, we we were not informed that the boat trip was not running until we arrived at Niagra, but this did not affect our trip as we completed the walk behind the falls. Thoroughly recommended, and would also recommend as long as you can in niagra on the lake. Stunning town with quaint shops. Recommend the Scottish pie in the bakery.
Stephen_S, Dec 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Niagara Falls & Around

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Rainy Niagra
Josie_B, Oct 2021
Day-Trip from Toronto to Niagara Falls with Falls Boat Ride
A very rainy day, but enjoyable none the less. Our tour guide Bernard was great! Would recommend highly!
star-5
Our driver was fantastic...
Megan_E, Oct 2021
Day-Trip from Toronto to Niagara Falls with Falls Boat Ride
Our driver was fantastic and the whole tour was excellent. We especially loved the boat ride in the falls.
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We had a wonderful...
Roxanne_R, Oct 2021
3 Hours NOTL E-Bike Wine Tour along the Niagara River
We had a wonderful afternoon! The electric bikes were very easy to control and felt safe. The wineries we visited were beautiful and all staff were very friendly. No complaints from our group! Highly recommend.
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Perfect 💗
Gatane_R, Aug 2021
Niagara Falls Tour with Cruise from Niagara
All the tour .... With a very small group .... And a very nice and interestant guide and driver (Pete)
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Great small group tour
lauraellencrumpler, Oct 2019
Small Group Tour of Niagara with Boat Cruise from Toronto
Great tour and guide. Falls wonderful as was Niagara on the Lake. The wine-tasting could have been skipped.
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Great day
Karen B, Jun 2019
Niagara Falls Tour with Cruise from Niagara
Nice tour. Boat experience was amazing. Niagara on the lake was also nice. Great way to spend the day while in Niagara Falls
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best of niagara falls tour
patriciabeaudette, Aug 2018
Niagara Falls Guided 9 Hour Day Trip with Round-trip Transfer
Excellent tour and a must see when in Niagara Falls -- our tour guide- Tim was the most well informed guide I have ever seen. He was informative, polite, friendly and courteous.He deserves a raise -- he is the best and Niagara on the Lake tour was magnificent
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Airplane tour of Niagara Falls and Niagara Wine Country
kathleenmolinar, Sep 2019
Breathtaking Niagara Falls Air Tour
Great pilot and beautiful scenery. Seeing the Horseshoe Falls from the air was awesome; highly recommended.
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Overwhelmed
Munjal_A, Sep 2021
Day-Trip from Toronto to Niagara Falls with Falls Boat Ride
Loved the exclusivity offered to us on the trip. Also viewing the great falls was an over whelming experience
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Amazing trip! But not enough time at the falls
Rachel_G, Dec 2021
Day-Trip from Toronto to Niagara Falls with Falls Boat Ride
Amazing experience viewing the falls. However we would have definitely appreciated more time in Niagara. We got dropped off around 10.45 at the Skylon tower and were told to be back at the meeting point at 12.15. Giving us only an hour and a half to go up the tower and see the falls from the high viewpoint, then walk down to the falls, stopping to take pictures as we walked the length of the falls, then walk the 30 minutes back to the meeting point. We felt quite rushed as we had no time to go up the street in the town of Niagara which looked really fun, or even sit to eat lunch or grab a drink. At least another hour would have been greatly appreciated. We then went wine tasting where we were given 4 different samples of wine to try. And then on to Niagara-on-the-lake which was a pretty place to visit for an hour. We very much enjoyed the trip but definitely would have liked more time in Niagara Falls itself as that was entirely what we had come for. At the time of booking we were also told our trip substituted the hornblower boat cruise to journey behind the falls, but found out when we were picked up we were going up the Skylon tower instead of behind the falls. So more time in Niagara would have been better so we could have gone behind the falls too as we really wanted to do that.
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First time
weldon_s, Jul 2019
Day-Trip from Toronto to Niagara Falls with Falls Boat Ride
Nice tour ,great guide and bus driver. A little confused at pick up time. Too many buses at the same place. And no indication which bus we were assigned to.
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Don’t miss this tour!
Lory R, Jul 2018
Day-Trip from Toronto to Niagara Falls with Falls Boat Ride
Tim Harris gave us wonderful historical insight into Niagara Falls and the other stops during the day. He was a fantastic tour guide, the vehicle was very comfortable and the Falls were magnificent.

Things to Know Before you Go

  • The Niagara-on-the-Lake Chamber of Commerce Welcome Center is located on Queen Street, two blocks from the waterfront.

  • Limited parking is available in the town’s Heritage District; drivers with handicap permits may use any municipal parking space without a fee, except in dedicated 15-minute and “no parking” zones.

  • Book a guided wine-tasting tour with included transport to avoid worrying about drinking and driving.

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How to Get There

Niagara-on-the-Lake lies on the southwest shore of Lake Ontario in Canada, roughly 30 minutes from Niagara Falls via the Niagara Parkway. If you’re flying in, Buffalo-Niagara International Airport is about 45 minutes away and offers shuttle service for a fee. Many full-day tours from Niagara and Toronto offer hotel pick-up.

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When to Get There

While Niagara-on-the-Lake is beautiful at all times of year, the best time to visit is during late spring, summer, and early fall. Summer is the busiest season, while autumn visitors can admire vivid fall foliage and see wineries in action during the grape harvest.

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Niagara-on-the-Lake Festivals

Niagara-on-the-Lake hosts numerous festivals throughout the year. In summer, Music Niagara puts on over 30 piano, jazz, and opera acts around town, while the Peach Festival celebrates the sweet local fruit. Wine festivals include the New Vintage Festival in June, the Niagara Wine Festival in September, the Icewine Festival in January, and the Days of Chocolate and Wine Festival in February. From April through November, the Shaw Festival delights audiences with performances of works by George Bernard Shaw and other playwrights from his time.

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