Niagara on the Lake, often called the loveliest town in Ontario, has a long and distinguished history. Site of the old Neutral Indian village of Onghiara, it was settled at the close of the American Revolution by Loyalists coming to Upper Canada, many of whom had been members of the much feared Butler’s Rangers based during the American Revolution at Fort Niagara, then under British control.
Niagara on the Lake has a number of enchanting stores, restaurants and bakeries. The spring, summer and autumn months have visitors and tourists walking up and down the main street shopping and taking in the sights.
One can also ride in an open horse drawn buggy down the main drag and around several of the side streets that feature countless early 1900 constructed homes and cottages. All in all Niagara on the Lake is just a charming community that offers many sights and locations for more than a one day stay when visiting Niagara Falls.
Niagara on the Lake is also the home of the famous Shaw Festival. The Shaw Festival is known as one of the world’s finest theater companies and is celebrated for its vivid and exhilarating productions of plays by Bernard Shaw and plays about the period of Shaw’s lifetime.
Niagara on the Lake also has several other small theaters that feature entertaining plays and one man shows.
Niagara on the Lake is also the location of Fort George. Fort George is located across the Niagara River from Old Fort Niagara. Fort George was the headquarters of the Centre Division of the British Army during the War of 1812, and played a key role in the defense of Upper Canada.
Fort George is open weekends November to April, and seven days a week from May to October, offering visitors an opportunity to step back in time with tours, musket demonstrations, special exhibits, costumed staff and reconstructed buildings. Throughout the summer, the 41st Regiment of Foot Fife and Drum Corps and Infantry provide daily demonstrations, bringing the early history of Niagara to life!