Niagara on the Lake

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Today I'm sharing some photos from a recent trip I took out to Niagara on the Lake (affectionately known as NOTL). If you're unfamiliar with the area, NOTL is a mid-sized town just minutes away from Niagara Falls. Niagara Falls is a well-known tourist area, which means it's always very crowded and the attactions are overpriced. NOTL is much quieter (even during the busy season) so you can take your time exploring the incredibly unique shops and restaurants. I'm so drawn to NOTL because it's away from the hustle and bustle and a huge break from the sameness you find in the suburbs.

If you ever have the chance to visit, I'm also sharing some of my favourite places to visit in town!

Food and Drink:
Bistro Six One:
I always pop in here for a quick bite when I visit. There is a pretty decent wine list featuring local wineries.

The Ice House Winery:
If you enjoy sweet wines, the Ice House is a must. They specialize in ice wine, which is created through an incredibly tedious process. If you stop here, try the ice wine slushies and be sure to take a bottle home for special occasions.

Epicurean Bistro - This restaurant has the best patio! They play jazz music all day long and serve delicious meals. The vegetarian penne is my top choice!

Maple Leaf Fudge:
Fudge is a huge deal in NOTL and many places sell it - but Maple Leaf is the best. Maple Leaf makes their fudge fresh in-store daily and everyone who works there is so friendly.

Dress (similar) // Shoes // Cardigan // Sunglasses // Necklace (similar)

Niagara on the Lake is well known for its antique shopping. Some of my most well-loved furniture and accent pieces were found in NOTL. I recommend looking inside of as many antique shops as you can as there is so much variety and you'll never know what you could have found in a shop you passed by. Aside from antiques, there are many unique shops sprinkled through town. I personally love Just Christmas (a year-round Christmas store), Serendipity (an adorable French store) and Ten Thousand Villages. You really can't go wrong popping in and out of any shop you come across, they're all worth a visit!


Niagara Whirlpool: I love stopping by the Whirlpool. The pool is created by rushing water over Niagara Falls being forced into a narrow gorge. The result is a counterclockwise spin which is surprisingly fun to watch. If you're brave there is an aerocar that takes you across the whirlpool, and if you're daring a jet boat that takes you INSIDE of the whirlpool.

Fort George: History buffs will enjoy the site of a very pivotal battle in the war of 1812. The Fort has been carefully reconstructed and offers live reenactments of the battle.

Shaw Festival: Thespians will love the variety of plays offered throughout the year. You can purchase your tickets online ahead of time to avoid the disappointment of sold-out shows.

Niagara Jazz Festival: If music is your cup of tea, the Jazz festival which runs two weekends in July is for you. Featuring both Canadian and international musicians, there is so much to enjoy and take in.

This post only scratches the surface of the things to do, places to go and most importantly food and wine to consume in NOTL. Each time I visit, I look forward to exploring new places and finding new favourites. I can't wait for my next trip!

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