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 at Hillebrand 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.
Plan to come early and enjoy Niagara-on-the-Lake!
NOTE: ROAD CONSTRUCTION ON THE GARDINER EXPRESSWAY.
Toronto’s Gardiner Expressway is undergoing construction, rehabilitation and maintenance. Lane restrictions will cause traffic disruption. We encourage using an alternate route. For travelers coming from eastern Ontario, we recommend the 407 (toll route) from the 401 via Brock Road in Pickering and joining the Niagara-bound QEW Niagara in Burlington. Alternatively, stay on the westbound 401, then the 403 W and follow signs for QEW Niagara via 403/Hamilton.
Follow the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW) toward Niagara. More than two people in the car? Then hop on the High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane. HOV lanes are currently in place or underway on several Ontario highways and on sections of the QEW. More information at http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/traveller/hov/
Once across the Garden City Skyway in St Catharines, take the Niagara-on-the-Lake exit (38b). Turn right at the stop sign.
From the traffic light at York Road, turn left onto York Road, then right on Airport Road. At Regional Road 55 (Niagara Stone Road), turn right and follow it until it ends at the golf course. Turn right into downtown Niagara-on-the-Lake. There you’ll find the Royal George Theatre and the Court House Theatre (parking accessed via Market Street by way of Regent Street); the Festival and Studio Theatres are two blocks farther on.
Take highways 401 and 403 to Hamilton, Ontario, and join the QEW toward Niagara. Then follow the same route as the traffic from Toronto (see above).
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.
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 www.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
Be prepared to verify your CITIZENSHIP (place of birth) and IDENTITY (photo I.D.) with either a Passport, Passport Card, Enhanced Drivers Licence, or NEXUS card. If you are traveling with children, you should carry identification for each child. Divorced parents, who share custody, should carry copies of the legal custody documents. Travelers under the age of 18 and unaccompanied by a parent need a letter of permission from a parent or guardian.
A valid Passport or NEXUS card is required.
CITIZENS OF OTHER COUNTRIES
Must have a valid Passport (and may also require a Visitor’s Visa).
For additional information on exceptions to the standard requirements as well as duty-free limits, please refer to: