Getting Here

The Shaw Festival is located in the historic town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, at the northern end of the scenic Niagara Parkway.

Plan to come early and enjoy beautiful Niagara-on-the-Lake!
Enjoy complimentary wine tasting vouchers at Peller Estates and Trius Winery with your Shaw Festival tickets. Drop in at the brand new Outlet Collection at Niagara. Take an afternoon tea at the Prince of Wales Hotel. Stroll down historic Queen street. Arrive early and unwind.

Coming from the US?
Niagara-on-the-Lake is the perfect place to see live theatre, play a round of golf, go shopping … and revel in the cheap Canadian dollar! Here’s what real visitors from Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Rochester had to say about The Shaw and Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Travelling by car

From Toronto

Follow the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW) toward Niagara. Once across the Garden City Skyway at St Catharines, take the Niagara-on-the-Lake exit, RR89 Glendale Ave. North (38b). At the traffic light at York Road, turn left onto York Rd, then right onto Airport Rd. At Regional Road 55 (Niagara Stone Rd) turn right and follow 55 until it ends at the golf course (Queen St). Turn right for Old Town and all four theatres.

From New York, Ohio or Pennsylvania

Cross the Niagara River into Canada at Buffalo (Peace Bridge), Niagara Falls, or Lewiston, NY. You can take the QEW to Regional Road 55 (exit 38) if you like, but we recommend the scenic Niagara Parkway instead. It may take a little longer, especially in the summer months, but it’s an incredibly beautiful drive – down the Niagara River gorge, past orchards and vineyards, right to the door of the Festival Theatre and the Old Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake.

From Michigan

Take highways 401 and 403 to Hamilton, Ontario (402, 401 and 403 if coming through Sarnia). Exit Hwy 403 to the Lincoln M. Alexander Pkwy, which becomes the Red Hill Valley Pkwy. Join the QEW and then follow directions from Toronto.

Line-ups at border crossings can cause delays, and traffic on the QEW from Toronto can sometimes be heavy. Please allow at least two hours for your drive from Toronto.

For border wait times, visit cbsa.gc.ca or contact the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission at 1.800.715.6722 (press option 2) for traffic conditions on bridges at Queenston – Lewiston, Niagara Falls and Buffalo – Fort Erie, Peace Bridge.

Traveler Identification Requirements for Land Border Crossings

Welcome to our cross-border region! To assist with your travel plans to our area, we are pleased to provide these details regarding the current travel identification requirements.

U.S. Visitors to Canada

Border requirements: visit cbsa.gc.ca or travel.state.gov
For border wait times: cbsa.gc.ca or call 1.800.715.6722 (press 2).

Citizens of Other Countries

Must have a valid Passport (and may also require a Visitor’s Visa).

Traveling by air, bus or train

Visit our Transportation section for more information.

Parking is available at the Festival and Studio Theatres (10 Queen’s Parade) for a fee of $15 per performance (cash only, we do have a bank machine in the lobby if necessary). Limited parking for people with disabilities is also available for the same fee.

Parking for the Court House Theatre (26 Queen Street) is located in the metered parking lot accessed from Market Street via Regent Street.

Parking for the Royal George Theatre (85 Queen Street) is available (metered and non-metered) on the streets surrounding the theatre. Please allow extra time to find a parking space.

Niagara Air Bus
905-374-8111
8626 Lundy’s Lane, Niagara Falls
Door-to-door airport service 24 hours. Book on web, save 5%. Wine, group, custom tours. Service guarantee. Toronto and Buffalo airports.
www.niagaraairbus.com

Southampton Limousine
905-646-3072 or 1-800-636-8923
509 Glendale Avenue East, Suite 12, Niagara-on-the-Lake
Providing 24-hour sedan and limousine service from all surrounding airports and hotels. Private tours.
www.southamptonlimousine.com

Travelling by bus or train with connecting ground transportation services

Niagara GO Train

Service from Toronto. Visit gotransit.com for schedules and fares. Bring your bike biketrain.ca

Bus or Train

Services run daily from Toronto to St Catharines and Niagara Falls. Call Greyhound Lines at 1.800.661.8747. Coach Canada 1.800.461.7661.

Via Rail

Runs daily with enhanced summer service. 1.888.842.7245 or viarail.ca.

Buses to The Shaw

Tour/coach operators in Canada and the U.S. provide motorcoach tours and charter services to individuals and groups to The Shaw and the Niagara area. Click here for a list of operators.

WEGO

The shuttle service operates from May to October between the Niagara Parks Commission’s Floral Clock (Niagara Parkway in Niagara Falls) and Fort George (Niagara-on-the-Lake). The shuttle departs the Floral Clock at 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm and 4:30pm. The shuttle departs Fort George at 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm and 5pm (last departure depends on The Shaw performance schedule). wegoniagarafalls.com

Travelling by air

The nearest major airports are at Toronto and Buffalo, NY. Niagara Airbus and Southampton Limousine provide door-to-door ground transportation from both these airports. Flights also come into the Hamilton airport. The Niagara District Airport is located at 468 Niagara Stone Road (Highway 55) in Niagara-on-the-Lake – 905.684.7447 or niagaradistrictairport.ca

NEW!

A daily flight from Toronto to Niagara District Airport will be offered Monday to Friday starting September 15. Flights leave Toronto for Niagara at 7am and 4:30pm and leave Niagara District Airport for Toronto at 8:30am and 6pm. Click here for more information.
For taxi services, contact Central Taxi 905.685.7343 or Niagara-on-the-Lake Taxi 905.468-2661.

This section of The Shaw website is intended to help you plan your visit to Niagara-on-the-Lake. All hotels, bed-and-breakfasts, restaurants, wineries, shops and services listed are paid advertisements, and operators have the right to describe their premises as they choose. While the Shaw Festival encourages these establishments to maintain the highest standards of service, we cannot be responsible for an individual operator’s service or policies.


GO Transit! GO Niagara-on-the-Lake!

Travelling to Niagara has never been easier.

Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from June 24 to September 5, and over the Thanksgiving weekend, October 7 through 10.

Visit gotransit.com for schedules and fares.

A warm welcome to our American friends! Do plan to come early when you visit the Shaw Festival and enjoy beautiful Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario and the many Niagara attractions.

Getting here

Line-ups at border crossings can sometimes cause delays, and traffic on the QEW from Toronto at certain times can be heavy. Please allow at least two hours for your drive from Toronto. For border wait times and traffic conditions on the Queenston-Lewiston Bridge (Queenston, Ontario and Lewiston, NY), Rainbow Bridge (Niagara Falls) or Peace Bridge (Fort Erie, Ontario and Buffalo, NY), visit cbsa.gc.ca or contact the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission at 1.800.715.6722 (press option 2)

TRAVELER identification requirements for border crossings

Welcome to our cross-border region! To assist with your travel plans to our area, we are pleased to provide these details regarding the current travel identification requirements.

The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) requires U.S. travelers to present a passport or other document that denotes identity and citizenship when entering the U.S. by land or water. For an easy reference guide to acceptable forms of identification into the United States, click here.

Passport: For detailed information about obtaining or renewing your U.S. passport, visit the U.S. Department of State, Passport Services Office, or access U.S. passport application services from the United States Postal Service.

Nexus Card: The NEXUS program is limited to citizens of Canada and the United States. For information on how to apply visit U.S. Customs and Border Protection Program Description.

State-issued enhanced drivers licenses: EDLs provide proof of identity and U.S. citizenship, are issued in a secure process, and include technology that makes travel easier. They provide travelers with a low-cost, convenient alternative for travelling between Canada and the United States through a land or sea port of entry, in addition to serving as a permit to drive.

For detailed information on entry requirements and what you are permitted to bring into Canada, visit the Canada International website.

Frequently Asked Questions


1. Do I need a passport to enter Canada?

The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI), requires anyone, including U.S. citizens, entering or re-entering the United States by air, land and sea to have a valid WHTI-compliant document such as a passport or a NEXUS card when used at a NEXUS kiosk at designated airports. U.S. citizens can also use a state-issued enhanced driver’s license.

International visitors to Canada that are not U.S. citizens must carry a valid passport and visa (if required). Citizens from the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Mexico, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Australia and others do not require a visa to enter Canada. Visit Citizenship and Immigration Canada online for a complete listing.

2. What are the requirements for children entering Canada?

U.S. and Canadian citizens under the age of 16, or under the age of 19 if traveling with a school, religious, or other youth group, may present a passport, a birth certificate, Consular Report of Birth Abroad, Canadian Citizenship Card, or a naturalization certificate. Birth certificates can be an original, photocopy, or certified copy.

Divorced parents who share custody of their children should carry copies of the legal custody documents. Adults who are not parents or guardians must have written permission from the parents or guardians to accompany the children. When travelling with a group of vehicles, parents or guardians should travel in the same vehicle as the children for border crossing.

3. Where can American travellers get a U.S. passport?

For detailed information about obtaining or renewing your U.S. passport, visit the U.S. Department of State, Passport Services Office, or access U.S. passport application services from the United States Postal Service.

For additional information, please refer to:
Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) cbsa.gc.ca
U.S. Department of State travel.state.gov