Getting Here & Around - Shaw Festival Theatre

Getting Here
& Around
Take the Shaw Express from Toronto or Burlington!
Getting here

The Shaw Festival has three theatres, two within the same building (and in 2021, several outdoor venues) and one in downtown Niagara-on-the-Lake a short walk from the main theatre. Addresses and parking information for each theatre are listed below. Or, set your GPS to the Memorial Clock Tower at 26 Queen St, Niagara-on-the-Lake — it’ll situate you nicely in the middle of town.

Niagara-on-the-Lake sees many visitors, especially in the summer months. We highly recommend arriving early in case of traffic and to find parking, especially on weekends. And the bonus? You get to enjoy more time in our beautiful historic town!

We look forward to welcoming our American friends once the borders reopen.

Flying in to see us?
From Toronto or Buffalo, Niagara Airbus offers door-to-door frequent shuttle service, or private car if flying to Billy Bishop, Hamilton or Niagara-on-the-Lake airports.
Information and booking at airsales@niagaraairbus.com | niagaraairbus.com

Festival Theatre
Shaw Festival Theatre, Queen's Parade, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON, Canada

The Festival Theatre is The Shaw’s flagship theatre. This beautiful proscenium-arch theatre, lined with British Columbia cedar, seats 856, and features a Café and The Shawp, a retail shop featuring theatre memorabilia and the work of theatre and Niagara artisans. Enjoy your lunch or dinner or even just a light snack on our beautiful outdoor patio, with indoor seating also available. Pre-show and at intermission, sit under the wisteria and take in the peaceful grounds and reflecting pond, wander to our secret garden or shop for theatre souvenirs to bring home.

Royal George Theatre
Royal George Theatre, Queen Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON, Canada

This 305-seat theatre – right in the heart of the old town – was built as a vaudeville house to entertain the troops stationed in Niagara-on-the-Lake during World War I. The Royal George presents a modest exterior, but inside it’s all Edwardian gilt mouldings, red walls and golden lions! Enjoy the atmospheric basement bar and lounge lined with black and white photographs from past productions.

Jackie Maxwell Studio Theatre
101 Queen's Parade, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S 1J0, Canada

The Jackie Maxwell Studio Theatre is a 267-seat theatre located in the Shaw Festival’s Production Centre (same location as the Festival Theatre).

To access the theatre, use the Production Centre entrance – the furthest set of doors adjacent to our driveway. The Jackie Maxwell Studio Theatre offers an intimate theatre experience and shares an outdoor patio with the Festival Theatre which overlooks beautiful gardens and grounds which are ideal for a stroll. You can pre-order your drink for intermission and it will be waiting for you, giving you more time to enjoy our serene and stunning surroundings.

The Memorial Clock Tower
The Memorial Clock Tower, Niagara-on-the-Lake

The Shaw Festival has four theatres in downtown Niagara-on-the-Lake, all in walking distance of each other.

Festival Theatre
Address
Parking
10 Queen’s Parade, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, L0S 1J0
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Parking available for a fee of $15 per performance (cash only, we do have a bank machine in the lobby if necessary). Spaces are limited in 2021 due to the Nona Macdonald Stage located in the Festival and Jackie Maxwell Studio theatre parking lot. Limited parking for people with disabilities is also available for the same fee. Additional parking is available on the streets (parking meters) and at Fort George ($).
Royal George Theatre
Address
Parking
85 Queen Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, L0S 1J0
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Parking is available (metered and non-metered) on the streets surrounding the theatre. Please allow extra time to find a parking space.
Jackie Maxwell Studio Theatre
Address
Parking
10 Queen’s Parade, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, L0S 1J0
Google Map
Parking available for a fee of $15 per performance (cash only, we do have a bank machine in the lobby if necessary). Spaces are limited in 2021 due to the Nona Macdonald Stage located in the Festival and Jackie Maxwell Studio theatre parking lot. Limited parking for people with disabilities is also available for the same fee. Additional parking is available on the streets (parking meters) and at Fort George ($).
Best Routes by Car
From Toronto

Follow the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW) toward Niagara. The QEW from Toronto can sometimes be heavy, please allow at least two hours for your drive. 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 three theatres.

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