Not very far past the hustle and bustle of The Falls if you follow along the scenic Niagara Parkway, lies a whole other world. Vineyards, wineries and the ever so quaint – Niagara on the Lake. This picture perfect little town is full of inns, restaurants, and unique shops. Situated on Lake Ontario, this is a stop you won’t want to miss.
Some more Niagara on the Lake suggestions would be to visit some of the area’s more than 20 wineries for tours and tastings. Maybe you’re interested in taking in a production at The Shaw Festival Theatre (runs April – Oct.), or maybe a historical stop at Fort George? Whatever you choose, you will want to experience a stay at one of the area’s luxurious inns, the Prince of Wales Hotel or the Pillar and Post.
Approximately halfway between Niagara Falls and Niagara on the Lake is the Butterfly Conservatory and Botanical Gardens – immerse yourself in more than 2,000 gorgeous butterflies – definitely worth a stop. The cost is approx. $15 per person (kids under 12 – $10)
Just as you get out of the city, you will get to the Whirlpool area. This is the perfect stop for a ride on the Whirlpool Aero Car. Climb on board this cable car for a fantastic view of the Niagara River and Rapids. And although the starting and stopping points are on Canadian land, you are actually crossing over the Canadian/U.S.A international borderline. The cost is approx. $15 per person.
Also in the Whirlpool area, along the parkway is the Wildplay Whirlpool Adventure Course – if climbing, zip lining and all around adventure is your thing – this place is for you! The cost varies according to the course you choose.
And last but not least (and if your wallet is not yet empty!), The Outlet Collection at Niagara is a fabulous outlet shopping mall located right off of the QEW, and is a great place to spend some time at.
Also, another reminder that the Adventure Pass is a great way to save some money if you’re interested in doing more than one of the area attractions.