Our nickname is the Loveliest Town in Canada - what more do you need to know? Niagara-on-the-Lake is a small town in southern Ontario, right across the river from New York state. We’re known for wine, colonial architecture, and small town charm. Visitors and residents alike enjoy the beautiful scenery, wineries, and world-class theatre at the Shaw Festival Theatre.
Even though we’re in Canada, you most likely won’t need your parka if you’re visiting. Niagara-on-the-Lake is south by Canadian standards, and we don’t get the same snow and freezing temperatures as other parts of the country. The summers are beautiful, with average temperatures around 25 degrees Celsius.
Winter has its own special charm. When our Heritage District has a light dusting of snow, it’s a magical sight. Our average winter temperatures are just below the freezing mark, which means it’s cold enough for snow, but not so cold you can’t enjoy it.
Our charming little town has a special history, and we’ve always played an important role in the place we now call Canada. We were the first capital of the Province of Upper Canada (Ontario). We are home to the oldest Catholic and Anglican churches in Ontario. We have the oldest surviving golf course in North America. During the War of 1812, our town was the site of a number of historic battles that changed the course of history.
As you can see, there is so much to experience in Niagara-on-the-Lake. If you live here, you already know, and if you visit, you’ll find out!