What to do in Niagara

Once you’ve made plans to attend the Shaw Festival Theatre, you will find hundreds of reasons to linger; so here’s a little help in planning your Niagara-on-the-Lake vacation.

Just 25 minutes outside of Niagara Falls, Ontario, we are situated in one of the most naturally beautiful destinations in North America. Explore Niagara-on-the-Lake attractions, stunning scenery and friendly culture. There is a surprising array of Niagara things to do.

In addition to exceptional cuisine at area restaurants, Niagara-on-the-Lake wineries produce award-winning wines and open their doors for wine tours and tastings regularly. From golfing to art galleries and spas, Niagara-on-the-Lake attractions will keep you pleasantly occupied when you’re not at the Shaw Festival.

Peller Estates Winery
905-468-4678 or 1-888-673-5537
290 John Street East, R.R.1, Niagara-on-the-Lake
Private tours, tastings, events and lunch or dinner in the Winery Restaurant. Open daily from 10am to 9pm.
www.peller.com

Trius Winery at Hillebrand
1-800-582-8412
1249 Niagara Stone Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake
From tasting out in the vineyard to exploring the underground sparkling wine cellar, there is something to suit every taste. Open daily from 10am to 9pm
www.triuswines.com


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.

Spending an afternoon at our Niagara galleries is one of the many ways to indulge in the culture of the Niagara-on-the-Lake wine country and the region. From Inuit artists to local landscape painters, Niagara art galleries appeal to collectors and browsers a like.

RiverBrink Art Museum
905-262-4510
116 Queenston Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake
Fine art museum: collection of Canadian and U.S. art. Gift shop, tours.
www.riverbrink.org

Trisha Romance – The Romance Collection Gallery
905-468-4431 or 1-800-667-8525
177 King Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake
Featuring the art of Trisha Romance and Tanya Peterson. Come see our fine collection of original works of art, limited-edition reproductions and collectibles in a completely restored Victorian setting.
www.romancecollection.com


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.

Niagara attractions include much more than wine and world-renowned theatre. From antiques to homemade pastries, Niagara-on-the-Lake shops appeal to visitors with a passion for the uncommon.

Lakeshore Antiques and Treasures
905-646-1965
855 Lakeshore Road, R.R.3, Niagara-on-the-Lake
Multi-dealer co-op located on scenic wine route 6km west of town. Open 10am to 5pm, 7 days a week.
www.lakeshoreantiques.ca
Email: info@lakeshoreantiques.ca

The Shawp
1-800-511-7429, ext 2276
10 Queen’s Parade, Niagara-on-the-Lake
At the Festival Theatre; open year-round. A theatre store featuring unique theatre treasures and handmade creations from Shaw Festival and Niagara artisans, as well as books, scripts, music and stationary.
www.shawfest.com/shop


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.

From tours of Niagara wineries to mystery theatre, whether you’re taking a day trip or a countryside vacation, Niagara-on-the-Lake attractions offer truly unforgettable experiences.

Niagara-on-the-Lake Golf Club
905-468-3424
143 Front Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake
North America’s oldest golf course. Breath-taking views, waterfront dining and patio open to the public. 9 holes $31-$35.50; 18 holes $42-$55.
www.notlgolf.com


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.

Reading Series

Actors and words – intimate and immediate. In our Reading Series, our brilliant Ensemble members take you back to the basics, allowing your imagination to soar as they speak. Read more here.

Backstage Tours

April and May: Saturday & Sunday | 11am
June to October: Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday | 11am
An hour-long guided, backstage tour of the Festival Theatre. $10. $5 with a ticket to a performance.

How Did You Do That?!

May 27 – August 26
Following Friday matinees of Alice in Wonderland, join us for a chat with a member of the creative team. Learn how the stage magic comes together to tell a story. Complimentary.

Pre-Show Talks

May 21 – September 4 | 7:30pm
On the Members Terrace at the Festival Theatre, a company member introduces that evening’s play. For all performances except those marked P and O. Complimentary.

May We Introduce You to … GB Shaw!

May 27, June 18, August 20, September 10 | 11am
The Shaw Festival is a theatre company inspired by the works of Bernard Shaw. But just who was Bernard Shaw? Learn about the man who became a legend through his prolific writings, his sensational political views, and his unique way of life. And why he remains relevant today. $20/person.

Continue the Conversation

Long after the curtain falls, Shaw audience members continue to talk about the intellectual and emotional meanings of the play. Why not join us to continue the conversation? Following select matinees of Mrs Warren’s Profession, A Woman of No Importance and “Master Harold” …and the Boys, meet with fellow patrons for a moderated discussion. Complimentary.

MRS WARREN’S PROFESSION I May 31, June 21, July 13, August 17, September 15
A WOMAN OF NO IMPORTANCE I July 15, 27, August 11, September 9, October 5
“MASTER HAROLD” …AND THE BOYS I July 28, August 18, 31

Coffee Concerts

June 5, August 7, September 11 | 10:30am NEW TIME!
A Sunday morning concert performed by members of the Shaw Festival’s Orchestra at the Festival Theatre. By donation.

Alice Backstage Tour

July 7, 14, 22, 28 and August 5, 12, 18, 26 | 11am
Follow the white rabbit down the hole to explore the world backstage at the Festival Theatre and learn about Alice in Wonderland. Fun for the whole family. $10. $5 with ticket to a performance.

Sondheim Songs and Stories

August 17, 25 | 11am
Stephen Sondheim – composer, lyricist, musical theatre’s most fiercely intelligent voice. Join Paul Sportelli, Shaw Music Director, to learn about the man and his groundbreaking songs. $20/person. program-sponsor-guaranteegold

Tuesday Q & A

An informal question-and-answer session with members of the company. Tuesday evenings after the performances (except those marked P and O), in all four theatres. Complimentary.

 

 

Free

At The Shaw

Pre-show chats, coffee concerts, and more.

Fireworks

Queen Victoria Park, Niagara Falls. Fridays, Sundays and holidays from May to late August.

Falls Illumination

Every evening at dusk, the impressive Falls are lit in the colours of the rainbow.

Botanical Gardens

The Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens feature a variety of beautiful gardens, including a world-famous rose garden with over 2400 roses.

Niagara Parkway

Sir Winston Churchill described it as “the prettiest Sunday afternoon drive in the world.”
From Niagara-on-the-Lake, this scenic drive winds through Queesnton – enjoy the view of the Niagara River at Brock’s Monument – to Niagara Falls and Fort Erie.

Nature Trails

Discover trails that wind through woodland and conservation areas, deep in the Niagara Glen or along the Niagara River. niagaraparks.com

Heritage Trail

Experience Canada in the making! Over 100 plaques and monuments located throughout Niagara Parks honour persons, places and events important to its past.

Almost free

At The Shaw

One-hour guided backstage tours of the Festival Theatre.

Historical Museum

The Niagara Historical Society Museum, established in 1895, paints a vivid picture of Niagara-on-the-Lake, a town rich with history.

Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake

27 wineries nestled in a landscape of vineyards and orchards. See why these wineries have grabbed the world’s attention.

RiverBrink Art Museum

Riverbrink – Home of the Weir Collection. In Queenston on the scenic Niagara Parkway, with a spectacular view of the Niagara River. Feature new exhibitions. riverbrink.org

Ghost Tours

Explore ‘haunted’ Fort George in Niagara-on-the-Lake, site of the War of 1812. Schedule and cost at niagaraghosts.com or 905.468.6621

Niagara Heritage Trail

Visit the Laura Secord Homestead, home of Canada’s most famous heroine and the Mackenzie Printery and Newspaper Museum, restored home of rebel publisher William Lyon Mackenzie. In Queenston. More at niagaraparks.com

For information about all the Niagara Region has to offer, visit:


NOTL Chamber of Commerce I niagaraonthelake.com or 905.468.1950
Niagara Falls Tourism I niagarafallstourism.com or 1.800.56.FALLS
Tourism Niagara I tourismniagara.com or 1.800.263.2988
Niagara Parks I niagaraparks.com or 1.877.642.7275
Music Niagara I musicniagara.org
Niagara 1812 Bicentennial I discover1812.com

Other useful sites:
Niagara Wine Festivals I Wines of Ontario I Conservation Niagara I Teeing It Up Niagara I Info Niagara

For information about Toronto’s many attractions, visit torontotourism.com or call 1.800.499.2514
For information about Buffalo’s many attractions, visit buffalocvb.org or call 1.800.BUFFALO