Exploring Niagara on the Lake

When you think of Niagara, you automatically think of the thunderous falls that attract tourists worldwide. If you are an explorer looking for something more on your next trip to Niagara, you should consider exploring Niagara-on-the-Lake. It is just 20 minutes away from the famous falls, is stunningly picturesque, and sits on the southern shores of Lake Ontario. Keep scrolling to know more about this hidden gem.

The Key Attractions

The microclimate at Niagara on the lake is similar to Burgundy, France, due to the lake and its location along the Niagara Escarpment. This place has an abundance of Vinifera grapes used to make wine. These grapes were first planted here about 40 years ago, and newer wineries are cropping up here. The new wineries follow a more sustainable and eco-friendly approach to growing grapes and producing wine. This place also has many cafes, breweries, restaurants, and vineyards. Here are a few suggestions you can check out.

Ø  Hinterbrook Winery

It is an estate winery that uses solar power and geothermal heating and cooling to ensure eco-friendly operations. They also organize vertical tasting of wines, which allows you to sample the same wine grown and produced in different years. Hinterbrook's 2016, 2017, and 2018 Sauvignon Blancs are worth a taste.

Ø  Southbrook Vineyards

This vineyard follows a biodynamic Farming approach, which includes producing manure and animals within the farm. It is also Canada's first certified biodynamic vineyard specializing in organic, biodynamic wines. Visit it if you want to try a fun lesson in farming. The building of this vineyard is also LEED-certified. You must try the orange wine when you are here.

Ø  Exchange Brewery

If you need more wine, this place should be your next destination. Though the tasting room of this brewery is small, you can experience the elegant second level and a rear patio where you can catch a few rays with your beer. It would help if you considered a tasting flight that comes on a cute rotary phone-inspired board. Ask for Oud Bruin when you visit.

Ø  Avondale Dairy Bar

A visit to Niagara-on-the-Lake should be more than just wineries and breweries. You can explore this amazing dairy bar on a sweltering summer day and enjoy a couple of bananas splits and sundaes. They have an innovative pay-by-weight system that lets you pick how large or small your servings should be. They also offer plant-based ice cream offerings for vegans.

Ø  World-Class Theatre

Shaw festival is a World-class theater that you should explore when visiting Niagara-on-the-Lake. During every season, over ten productions are performed for over 250,000 people across three theatres in the center of town: Royal George Theatre, Festival Theatre, and Jackie Maxwell Studio Theatre. It features a distinct mix of plays from the past and present.

How to Reach?

You can reach Niagara-on-the-Lake via the WEGO orange line shuttle offered from May 5th to October 29th. The cost for a one-way ticket is $7.00 (adult) and $5.00 (children). It runs every 60 minutes from 10:30 am to 5:30 pm and departs from the Floral Clock. You can buy the tickets from the bus driver. What are you waiting for? Plan a trip today!






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