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Niagara-on-the-Lake

26 Queen Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON

The Basics

Niagara-on-the-Lake is famous for its wine, art, and music culture. The town is home to dozens of wineries, ranging from small boutiques to large estates, each with its own personality. Visitors can sample the area’s wide variety of world-class wines on a small-group wine tasting tour, enjoy a gourmet meal at one of the area’s restaurants, or opt for a private food and wine-tasting excursion with an expert tour guide. A bike tour of the area is a good option for travelers who want to get some exercise, take in the surroundings, and sample local wine along the way. Fans of the performing arts can visit one of the town’s many theaters, such as the Shaw Festival Theatre, Court House Theatre, and Royal George Theatre, while art aficionados can stop by galleries including the Angie Strauss Gallery and the Romance Collection Gallery. For an overview of Niagara highlights, take a day trip from Toronto and visit Niagara-on-the-Lake along with popular attractions such as Whirlpool Rapids, Queenston Heights, and the historic Fort George. It’s also possible to combine a visit with a ride aboard the Hornblower Niagara cruise ship for amazing views of all three falls.

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Day-Trip from Toronto to Niagara Falls with Falls Boat Ride
Day-Trip from Toronto to Niagara Falls with Falls Boat Ride
star-4.5
$114.00 per adult
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Our driver was fantastic...
Our driver was fantastic and the whole tour was excellent. We especially loved the boat ride in the falls.
Megan_E, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Niagara Falls & Around

star-5
Overwhelmed
Munjal_A, Sep 2021
Day-Trip from Toronto to Niagara Falls with Falls Boat Ride
Loved the exclusivity offered to us on the trip. Also viewing the great falls was an over whelming experience
star-5
Perfect 💗
Gaetane_Roberge, Aug 2021
Niagara Falls Tour with Cruise from Niagara
All the tour .... With a very small group .... And a very nice and interestant guide and driver (Pete)
star-5
Great small group tour
lauraellencrumpler, Oct 2019
Small Group Tour of Niagara with Boat Cruise from Toronto
Great tour and guide. Falls wonderful as was Niagara on the Lake. The wine-tasting could have been skipped.
star-5
Great day
Karen B, Jun 2019
Niagara Falls Tour with Cruise from Niagara
Nice tour. Boat experience was amazing. Niagara on the lake was also nice. Great way to spend the day while in Niagara Falls
star-5
best of niagara falls tour
patriciabeaudette, Aug 2018
Niagara Falls Guided 9 Hour Day Trip with Round-trip Transfer
Excellent tour and a must see when in Niagara Falls -- our tour guide- Tim was the most well informed guide I have ever seen. He was informative, polite, friendly and courteous.He deserves a raise -- he is the best and Niagara on the Lake tour was magnificent
star-4
First time
woofcwby51, Jul 2019
Day-Trip from Toronto to Niagara Falls with Falls Boat Ride
Nice tour ,great guide and bus driver. A little confused at pick up time. Too many buses at the same place. And no indication which bus we were assigned to.
star-4
Good drive good tour guide...but the...
Milly w, Aug 2017
Small-Group Niagara Falls Tour
Good drive good tour guide...but the Mercedes van 's air condition system did not work well.....the rear seats very stuffy...air condition not.... consistent.......need to check it out...
star-5
Absolutely brilliant day. Great tour...
Carrie A C, Oct 2016
Small-Group Niagara Falls Tour
Absolutely brilliant day. Great tour guide and driver
star-5
Don’t miss this tour!
Lory R, Jul 2018
Day-Trip from Toronto to Niagara Falls with Falls Boat Ride
Tim Harris gave us wonderful historical insight into Niagara Falls and the other stops during the day. He was a fantastic tour guide, the vehicle was very comfortable and the Falls were magnificent.
star-4
We enjoyed the tour great day for it...
marissa.laspina, Oct 2017
Day-Trip from Toronto to Niagara Falls with Falls Boat Ride
We enjoyed the tour great day for it we were really lucky with the weather... the only fault was the waiting with the tour driver at their office and then the drive back we had to change buses on the main road. Worth doing for sure!
star-4
Great tour guide, really nice SUV...
joybear13, Oct 2017
Small-Group Niagara Falls Tour
Great tour guide, really nice SUV but the back row is made for children with short legs... not adults. My legs were KILLING me after riding in the back for 2 hours and it was REALLY hard to get in and out of the van from the back. Originally 2 elderly people were in the back but they just had so much difficulty we swapped around. I'm only 32 and it was hard for me. But the boat ride at Niagara was amazing! The ice wine was tasty too and Niagara By the Lake was nice, but with only 1 hour we only had time for lunch and not shopping or exploring. We did not have much time at Niagara itself either, not enough free time to do the zipline or go up in the tower, just the boat and 30min to walk around and take pictures. I don't know how the tour could be reorganized to allow for more free time though. If all you want to do is the boat ride at the falls and get lunch and taste some wine then this is a great tour, if you want free time, then there is just not enough of it on this tour. But overall I had a really good time!

Things to Know Before you Go

  • The Niagara-on-the-Lake Chamber of Commerce Welcome Center is located on Queen Street, two blocks from the waterfront.

  • Limited parking is available in the town’s Heritage District; drivers with handicap permits may use any municipal parking space without a fee, except in dedicated 15-minute and “no parking” zones.

  • Book a guided wine-tasting tour with included transport to avoid worrying about drinking and driving.

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How to Get There

Niagara-on-the-Lake lies on the southwest shore of Lake Ontario in Canada, roughly 30 minutes from Niagara Falls via the Niagara Parkway. If you’re flying in, Buffalo-Niagara International Airport is about 45 minutes away and offers shuttle service for a fee. Many full-day tours from Niagara and Toronto offer hotel pick-up.

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When to Get There

While Niagara-on-the-Lake is beautiful at all times of year, the best time to visit is during late spring, summer, and early fall. Summer is the busiest season, while autumn visitors can admire vivid fall foliage and see wineries in action during the grape harvest.

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Niagara-on-the-Lake Festivals

Niagara-on-the-Lake hosts numerous festivals throughout the year. In summer, Music Niagara puts on over 30 piano, jazz, and opera acts around town, while the Peach Festival celebrates the sweet local fruit. Wine festivals include the New Vintage Festival in June, the Niagara Wine Festival in September, the Icewine Festival in January, and the Days of Chocolate and Wine Festival in February. From April through November, the Shaw Festival delights audiences with performances of works by George Bernard Shaw and other playwrights from his time.

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