Directions
to The Shaw

THE SHAW FESTIVAL is located in the historic town of
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, at the northern end of the
scenic Niagara Parkway.

 

Directions to The Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake
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A great way to make your way to Niagara-on-the-Lake and The Shaw!

Plan to come early and enjoy Niagara-on-the-Lake!

ALERT! ROAD CONSTRUCTION ON HIGHWAY 55.

Note there is road improvements underway on Highway 55 in Virgil. This may cause some delays. During this time, if coming from the QEW (Toronto or Fort Erie bound), we recommend this route:

From the QEW, take the Niagara-on-the-Lake exit 38b (coming from Toronto). Turn right at the stop sign (Glendale Rd/89). If coming from Buffalo/Fort Erie, take exit 38. At the traffic light at York Road (Hilton Garden Inn), turn right onto York Road and continue all the way to Concession 2 (past St Davids) and turn left. At the stop sign on East West Line, turn right. Follow East West Line to the Niagara Parkway where it ends. There, turn left. The Festival and Studio Theatres are nearby on your left. Keep driving to reach the Old Town and there you’ll find the Royal George Theatre and the Court House Theatre (parking accessed via Market Street by way of Regent Street.

FROM TORONTO

By car
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.

FROM WINDSOR/DETROIT

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

LAND BORDER
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.

AIR TRAVEL
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:

Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) www.cbsa.gc.ca
or
U.S. Department of State www.travel.state.gov