Niagara on the Lake Museum, 43 Castlereagh, St., open every day 10am-5pm Established in 1895, the Museum has 8,500 artefacts, 41,000 documents, 4,000 photographs, 900 books, and one of Ontario’s most important local history collections. It also houses a permanent exhibition of the history of Niagara on the Lake.
Voices of Freedom Memorial, 244 Regent St. Always open. An experiential art installation designed to engage, educate, and challenge visitors about this important aspect of Black history.
Niagara Apothecary Museum, 5 Queen St., open 7 days a week, noon - 6pm. Was an apothecary in Niagara-on-the-Lake, established circa 1820, and is now a National Historic Site of Canada.
Butlers Burial Ground, north end of Butler St. Always open. The resting place of Lt Col. John Butler, one of the founders of Upper Canada Butler's Rangers.
Negro Burial Ground, Mississagua St. near Subway Restaurant. Always open. Once the site of the Niagara Baptist Church formed in 1830.
Laura Secord Homestead, 29 Queenston St., Queenston. Thur-Mon, 10am-5pm. Restored residence of the War of 1812 heoine Laura Secord, who set out on a perilous journey in the service of her country and stepped forever into the history and folklore of Niagara.
Mackenzie Printery and Newspaper Museum, 1 Queenston St., Queenston. Presently closed.Located in the home of the 19th Century firebrand editor William Lyon Mackenzie, The Mackenzie Printery and Newspaper Museum is Canada’s largest working printing Museum.
Fort Niagara, U.S. side of Niagara River, but can be viewed behind NOTL Golf Course.
Upper Canada Heritage Trail. Entrance at King & John St (and other entrances). Available all year. A 10 km rehabilitated trail along an historic railbed. Surface is excellent for walking, running, cycling, and accessible for wheelchairs and strollers.
Butler's Barracks/The Commons, 440 John St. Available all year. Part of the Fort George historic site. The Barracks are situated in a large park like setting. A great place to walk and exercise dogs.
Shoreline Trail, at Queen St. & Niagara Blvd. Available all year. Lovely walk beside the shore of Lake Ontario and the golf course, including historic Fort Mississauga.
Queen's Royal Park, 45 Front St. Always open. Lovely views of the waterfront and of Fort Niagara, US side of the river. Gazebo, benches and washrooms available.
Simcoe Park, corner of King St. & Queen St. Always open. Large park in centre of town. Wading pool, washrooms, bandshell, picnic tables and playground equipment.
The Gardens at Pillar & Post Hotel, 48 John St., Typically every day 9am - 7pm unless private event happening. Inspired by Monet's gardens in Giverny, France, with 21,000 sq ft of gardens filled with trees, shrubs and seasonal flowers, beautiful lighting and stunning water features. Located directly across from the hotel. Peaceful place to sit or stroll.
Bicycle Rental & Tours
Grape Escape Wine Tours, 1627 Niagara Stone Rd. Group or customized tours, by bicycle or passenger van, of award-winning wineries in and around Niagara-on-the-Lake.
ESkoot Niagara Electric Bike Rental, 477 Mississagua St. May to December. Rental of electric scooters. Environmentally friendly way to visit NOTL, its wineries and sites. No driving license required.
Pedal Pub, 391 Mary St. Wonderful way to see and explore NOTL as a group and to have some fun group-pedalling a unique Dutch tour bike.
EBike Niagara, 1582 Niagara Stone Rd. Explore the beautiful scenery and sights of Niagara-on-the-Lake with modern technology and classic style.
Niagara Riding Stables, 471 Warner Road RR4, Niagara-on-the-Lake. Open all season, no experience necessary, horses for all levels. Advance reservations recommended.
Niagara Parkway, 56 km long drive from Niagara-on-the-Lake to Fort Erie. The Niagara River Recreation Trail meanders through some of the most beautiful countryside in the world. Several place to stop and picnic.
Other Outdoor Activities
Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours, Queenston. Seasonal. Full guided jet boat tours of the Lower Niagara River. Feel the rush of the Class V whitewater rapids. Wet and dry tour options.
NOTL Golf Club, 143 Front St., 8am - 9pm daily. Oldest golf course in North America. 9 holes golf course open to the public. Scenery, golf, dining.
Defibrillator (AED) is located on the 1st floor of the Court House at 26 Queen St., on the wall opposite the washrooms.
Public Washrooms: Simcoe Park; Queen's Royal Park; Market St behind the Courthouse
Emergency Services: Call 911 for fire, ambulance and police.
Public Parking Lots: Market St. behind Court House. Behind Prince of Wales Hotel. Fort George. Anyone with a veteran's license plate or handicap sticker can park for free anywhere in Niagara-on-the-Lake!
NOTL Public Library,10 Anderson Lane, a community hub, provides free WiFi, a quiet study area, multi-purpose spaces, printing, scanning, faxing and copying services. Library membership is not required. Mon-Thu 9am-8pm, Fri 9am- 5pm, Sat 11am-3pm.
Banks & ATMs:
Bank of Montreal,91 Queen St.
RBC Royal Bank, 234 Mary St.
Petro-Canada, 459 Mississauga St.
CIBC, 11 Garrison Village Rd.
TD Canada Trust, 1585 Niagara Stone Rd, Virgil
Meridian Credit Union, 1567 Niagara Stone Rd, Virgil.
The Shaw Festival, 10 Queen's Parade. April to December. World-class theatre offering 10 or more productions each year, in three venues, for a typical audience of more than 250,000. The Shaw Festival has grown to become a major Canadian cultural icon, a gem in this country’s rich cultural heritage.
Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre, 247 Ricardo St. Check for hours. Offers visual arts programs, exhibitions and events. It is located next to the Niagara River at the lighthouse.
King Street Gallery, 153 King St. Check for hours. Featuring fine art by local and regional artists.
Upper Canada Native Art, 109 Queen St. Open daily 11am - 5pm. Upper Canada Native Art specializes in Inuit and Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) art and unique and exquisite giftware celebrating and promoting Canadian Native Artisans.
Edward Spera Gallery, 91 Queen St. Check for hours. Artist who draws his inspiration from his true love of wildlife and wilderness around him.
Wow Me Maps, 11 Queen St,,3D handcrafted maps, made locally.
Old Niagara Bookshop, 223 Regent St. Most days open noon - 6pm.
Niagara Image Gallery, 1627 Niagara Stone RdA retail art gallery, featuring the art work of Trisha Romance and Tanya Jean Peterson and the photography of Jordan Morrison.
Lakeside Pottery, 755 Lakeshore Rd. Thur - Sun 11am - 4pm. Unique handmade pottery and made to order items.
Riverbrink Art Museum, 116 Queenston St., Queenston. Wed - Sat 10am - 4pm. Situated in a large country home on the banks of the scenic Niagara River, the Museum features changing exhibitions from the renowned art collection of Samuel E. Weir.
Willowbank School, 14487 Niagara Parkway, Queenston. Check for hours. Canadas premier heritage conservation school, located in a 1834 Greek revival mansion within a Canadian Heritage site.