Travel Editorial

The Shaw Festival and Niagara-on-the-Lake

A World-Renowned Combination

Twenty minutes away from that great booming wonder-of-the-world, Niagara Falls, sits the historic town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, population 15,000. A haven of food, wine, history and culture; the flower and tree-lined avenues have served as a getaway destination for regional visitors, in-the-know urbanites and culture-lovers for over a century.

The town of Niagara-on-the-Lake warmly welcomes visitors from across North America and around the world to experience its bountiful orchards, award-winning wineries, fascinating historical sites, and its heart and soul – the Shaw Festival. The town’s historic district, designated a National Historic Site of Canada and a provincial Heritage Conservation District, has stayed true to the splendor of its past and has evolved to become an international destination for luxury travel and weekend indulgence. Awarded the distinction of first place in the “Top 10 Food and Wine Destinations in Canada” by Trip Advisor Traveler’s Choice in 2011, this enchanting village offers a range of plush accommodations for overnight guests. Visitors can enjoy one of the town’s acclaimed bed-and-breakfasts, charming inns, or world-renowned luxury hotels. Decadent spas offer new-world luxury surrounded by old world charm.

For those seeking gastronomic gratification, this “culinary capital of Canada” offers an abundance of local produce, world-class wineries, renowned restaurants and food-centric events which includes a mid-week Supper Market in The Village, the weekend Farmers Market and a Food Truck Eats event at Peller Estates. Most of Niagara-on-the-Lake’s wineries offer tours to the public, some of which include theatre packages with The Shaw. Often regarded as Canada’s answer to Napa Valley, the region’s mild climate and nutrient-rich soils have made Niagara-on-the-Lake a Canadian centre for wine-making.

Uncommonly beautiful, rich in history and perfectly cultured, Niagara-on-the-Lake is a haven for pleasure seekers, history buffs and hedonists that casts a powerful spell over visitors enticing them back time and time again.

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