It seems unnecessary to have to convince anyone that Niagara Falls is one of the most extraordinary natural sites on the planet. However, what most people who go on holidays in Canada don’t realise is that the falls are not the only attraction in the area. Niagara-on-the-Lake is a quaint nineteenth-century town on the border between America and Canada. Bursting with local charm, it is a terrific destination for culture-lovers. |
A Little History
Niagara-on-the-Lake is a popular town in the stunning region of Ontario. Marked by a tumultuous past, it served as a refuge for British Loyalists during the American Revolution. Once the hide-out was discovered, Americans soldiers burnt the original town to the ground. It was then reconstructed in the 1800s.
Attractions and Activities in Niagara-on-the-Lake
Though most people go on holidays in Canada to witness the power of Niagara Falls and take a quick snapshot, this charming town has a lot to offer, including cultural festivals and impressive wineries.
• Wine Sampling
Holidays in Canada, especially when you visit the region of Ontario, wouldn’t be complete without a tour of the local vineyards. The area is famous for its unexpected wineries that produce a wide range of reds, whites and rosés, so take a few days to explore all the available variations. You can sample all the local delicacies in any country inn or gourmet establishment in the area.
• The Shaw Festival
This seven-month long annual celebration is inspired by the wit and dedication of George Bernard Shaw. Running from April to November, there are a range of events, activities and theatrical performances that take place across three theatres and celebrate the Irish playwright.
• Liquid Gold
You may have heard of Icewine, the region’s golden dessert wine that has been universally met with critical acclaim? Your next trip is the perfect opportunity to savour the smooth and rich flavours of this Ontario speciality. Though it can be enjoyed on its own, it is best accompanied by a pâté or smoked fish starter, or a dessert of fresh fruit and soft cheese. Either way, it will be served to you well-chilled in a traditional white wine glass.
For a sneak preview, here’s a little insight into how it is made. First, the best grapes are selected. These are then left unharvested until winter. When the outside temperature drops below -8°C, they are carefully picked and immediately pressed while still frozen. This unique technique means that less wine can be produced than with traditional methods, making it an unmissable experience that has to be on your “holidays in Canada” to-do list.
Why limit your holidays in Canada to a quick trip to Niagara Falls when you can spend a week exploring the charming town of Niagara-on-the-Lake as well? Taste its succulent wine, savour its specialist iced brews or catch a show at their annual festival. There is so much for a culture-lover to explore in Ontario’s historical town.
John Dixon is an experienced world traveller and the Managing Director of Prestige Holidays for or over 30 years. Recently his recommended holidays in Canada have been included in Prestige’s luxury holiday portfolio. John tries to visit each of the destinations regularly in order to ensure the quality of his properties, and stay up-to-date about the latest local news and events. He has a taste for the finer things in life and has an interest in arts, history and culture.
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