Edition 15: September 21, 2001
In the fifteenth issue of the Bed and Breakfast Traveller, we take you to Niagara-on-the-Lake, the first capital of Upper Canada, now
commonly referred to as "the jewel in the crown of the Niagara Peninsula".
This historic town is framed by the stunning beauty of the Niagara
River, Lake Ontario, thousands of acres of lush farmlands and the Niagara
Escarpment. The beautiful natural setting provides a unique backdrop for the
varied attractions offered in the area.
Visitors are welcomed by a temperate climate that is well-suited to year
'round travel. The gorgeous gardens and well maintained historic homes
reflect the fierce pride of the townspeople who have been an integral part
of the ongoing commitment to maintaining a living, working historic town.
The town welcomes many thousands of visitors each year and provides
entertainment to suit every taste. The world-renowned Shaw Festival theatre
company (http://www.shawfest.sympatico.ca) presents a selection of 11 plays
and musicals in repertory from April through November in three very
different theatres -- the Royal George Theatre which was originally built
for vaudeville in 1913 and has now been renovated as a glittering little
opera house; the Courthouse Theatre which is in the upper level of the
Town's heritage courthouse building and the Festival Theatre, a proscenium
playhouse that commands a prime position on Queen's Parade as one enters the
town from the Niagara River Parkway.
The Shaw Festival presents the works of Bernard Shaw and his
contemporaries, along with new productions set in Shaw's lifetime. This
broad mandate allows the company to provide diverse entertainment to
visitors and has been a key to the successful development of a committed,
loyal base of theatre patrons who return year after year to enjoy the lavish
Other area attractions have expanded to address the interests of these
visitors--it's an unusual weekend indeed if one finds no musical
entertainment or special event being held somewhere in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
Several hotels and restaurants provide live entertainment year round.
All through the Spring, Summer and Fall months, the town is alive with
people celebrating the bounty of nature -- the harvest of the tender fruits
native to Niagara-on-the-Lake and the massive success of the wine industry,
(http://www.niagaraonthelake.com/wine.jsp) Fourteen wineries call
Niagara-on-the-Lake home and they are connected by a wine route that allows
for easy sightseeing. Shuttle services to the wineries are offered from the
town centre, as well as winery tours by bicycle. Visitors can see the grapes
being grown in the vineyards and enjoy the fruits of the harvest over a
gourmet dinner at several first-class winery restaurants.
Slightly more than 5% of the grape crop remains on the vine in
Niagara-on-the-Lake through the Winter months. These grapes are hand-picked
during the coldest nights of the year, when temperatures have been
consistently between minus10 to minus 13 degrees Celsius, and are harvested
for "Ice Wine" production. The Niagara wineries have earned many world wide
awards for their superb wines, and recognition and awards for Ice Wines in
particular are numerous.
Winter is a wonderful time to enjoy Niagara-on-the-Lake, with the annual
Candlelight Stroll on the first Friday of December attracting thousands of
local people and visitors alike, sharing the goodwill of the Holiday Season.
Carollers sing Christmas songs from the Courthouse steps and from various
corners throughout town, entertaining strolling visitors who carry candles
in support of local charities.
The Heritage District offers many unique shops and services and the
retailers are proud to present memorable merchandise. The shopping
experience is not limited strictly to the Heritage area, however, as the
surrounding countryside offers a selection of antique shops and farm
A visit to the Visitors and Convention Bureau of the Chamber of
Commerce, located in the historic Court House, will allow visitors to view
the many year round attractions, as well as special events. In many cases
tickets can be purchased on the spot or on line at www.niagaraonthelake.com.
With all of the marvellous activities hosted in Niagara-on-the-Lake, the
overriding ambience is always that of tradition and history.
Niagara-on-the-Lake has a number of historic sites open to visitors and
there is no site more patriotically stirring than the view from Canada's
Fort George (http://www.niagara.com/~parkscan/) over the Niagara River to
the American Fort Niagara. Battles are recreated at Fort George on various
dates during the year and our history is kept alive through the preservation
of these important sites and ongoing public education.
Walking, cycling, rollerblading, motoring throughout the countryside are
all options in Niagara-on-the-Lake and with so much to see and do, it's wise
to plan on spending a few days in town. Niagara-on-the-Lake boasts a wide
selection of accommodation, from five diamond hotels and convention
facilities to unique bed and breakfast homes and inns. Make sure to either
reserve in advance making earl reservations. Excellent services are offered
by both the Chamber of Commerce www.niagaraonthelake.com for accommodation
and to order tickets to theatre and other attractions, and the
Niagara-on-the-Lake Bed and Breakfast Association www.bba.notl.on.ca for bed
Visit Niagara-on-the-Lake and enjoy a present day journey into the
past - share in the pride and enjoyment of Niagara-on-the-Lake.
Upcoming Events in the region:
The 7th Annual House Tour
Bed and Breakfast Homes and Guest Cottages
Saturday October 13, 2001, 1-5 pm
Sunday October 14, 2001, 1-5 pm
-A self conducted tour of both new and historic guest cottages and Bed and
Breakfast homes in the historic Old Towne and surrounding countryside. For
tickets and information call (905) 468-4263, or visit
www.niagaraonthelake.com and buy on line. Tickets $15.00 per day or $22.00 two-day pass
B&B Market Place
Sunday, November 4th, 2001
11 am to 4 pm
Niagara College, Glendale Campus
Federation of Ontario Bed & Breakfast Accommodation Annual
Nov 4, 5, 6, Niagara-on-the-Lake
Info from firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday 4th 11am/4pm Trade Show "Market Place" Niagara College
Sunday 4th 7pm Social evening and supper "Fort George"
Monday 5th 9am Business Meeting and Workshops - Pillar & Post Inn
Tues 6th B&B House Tour and outside events
Rotary Holiday House Tour 2001
November 30 and December 1, 2001
-Tour of selected historic and contemporary properties all decorated in
seasonal decor by Niagara-on-the-Lake decorators, florists and merchants. Call 905-468-5581 or 888-608-8783
12th Annual Candlelight Stroll
December 7, 2001
-Enjoy Christmas carols on the steps of the Old Courthouse, followed by a
leisurely stroll through the historic old town, carrying burning candles,
passing carollers and musical groups along the route. Call (905)468-4263, Ext. 212 for further information.
Annual Santa Claus Parade
December 8, 2001 11 am
-One of Ontario's best Santa Claus Parades, drawing participants and 'Santa'
viewers from across the Niagara Peninsula.
Festival of Lights
-Less than 20 minutes away, along the scenic Niagara Parkway, is Niagara
Falls, one of the seven wonders of the world. The month of December
features the Festival of Lights with more than a million twinkling lights,
firework extravaganzas and the "Enchantment of Disney" motion light
Niagara on the Lake Bed and Breakfast Association:
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