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Our Favourite Things to do in Niagara-on-the-Lake this Summer

This summer, take a trip to the beautiful historic town of Niagara-on-the-lake, ON (NOTL) for shopping, fun summer activities and rich history. We’re bringing you your summer guide to Niagara-on-the-Lake, so you can make the most out of your trip.

We’re so excited to be popping up in our hometown of NOTL! Our new summer retail pop-up, ‘the edit’ is open Thursday through Monday this summer. 

Our chic general store is filled with some of our favourite brands like:

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Beauty Counter

Blushnote Studios

Boy Smells

Candier

Cassandra Elizabeth

Coconut Quartz

Dom.

Fancy Face Inc.

Les Groom Industries

HAAN

Hereward Farms

Huha

Hymnoligie

Just Edward Botanicals

Lekker & Co Bakery

Lip Service

Luna Nectar

Lusso Cloud

Monoxide

Muve Life

Ooobaby

Paperscript

Paperwhite Interiors

Piper & Skye

Pippa & Peach

Shannon Passero

Rose + Twine Floral Studio

Salt to Tree

Seedlip

The Silk Labs

Smithery

Vitamin A

and so many more!

Come and visit our one stop shop at 233 King Street (between Queen Street and Johnson Street) beside Balzacs and across the street from the iconic Prince of Wales Hotel.

Here are some of our favourite things to do in NOTL this summer!

What To Do

Shaw Festival

This year marks the 60th Anniversary Season of the Shaw Festival. Each year the theatre festival offers 10 or more productions for an audience of more than 250,000 people. This season they are offering 13 productions. From musicals to romantic comedies, these plays are artfully and lovingly brought to the stage by a talented team of actors, directors and designers who showcase the talent that this country contributes to the world, and creates unforgettable theatrical experiences inspired by Bernard Shaw.

Shaw Festival CHITRA 2022 Activities in Niagara-on-the-Lake
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Take a Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride

Take a tour of NOTL and explore the rich History and peaceful scenery with horse-drawn carriage rides from Sentineal Carriages Inc. These private guided tours take you through the historic downtown district, the main street of old town and to the waterfront. They are located beside the Prince of Wales Hotel across from our summer pop-up, the edit, so come on down and enjoy a fun Instagramable moment with your friends and family.

Sentineal Carriages Inc Activities + Niagara-on-the-Lake
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Niagara-on-the-Lake Golf Club

This full-length 9 hole course is home to some of the most scenic views in the area. The course runs along the shores of Lake Ontario and is open to the public. You can come up for a game, or relax and take in the beautiful views and feel the rich history of the course as it is located on the grounds involved in the war of 1812.

Niagara-on-the-Lake Golf Club + Activites
@notlgolf via Instagram

Queen’s Royal Park Gazebo

This Lovely waterfront park is perfect for a relaxing stroll and the gazebo is a beautiful spot for pictures. The structure has gorgeous green shingles and natural teakwood, and is surrounded by trees and shrubbery that makes for a lovely serene experience. Once you’ve enjoyed your time at the park head down to the edit to check out some items that will bring a little piece on that NOTL serenity back home with you.

Queen's Royal Park Gazebo Niagara-on-the-Lake + Activities + things to do
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High Tea at the Prince of Wales Hotel

Add a little whimsy to your trip with a traditional English tea at the Prince of Wales. Enjoy delicate desserts, regal decor and attention to detail that transports you to the Victorian era. Their traditional afternoon tea offers a selection of organic and fair trade tea as well as sparkling and dessert wines.

Prince of Wales High Tea Niagara-on-the-Lake + Activities
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124 on Queen Spa

Take some time to escape and visit the spa. The 124 on Queen Spa provides many treatments that feature aromatic products that relax, nourish and reconnect your mind, body and spirit. They have sourced the best natural and organic skincare companies like Eminence and Spa Ritual to offer you the best holistic experience. If you like to shop skincare and beauty products you can head just down the street to the edit, for a wide variety of skincare and beauty brands.

124 on Queen Spa Niagara-on-the-Lake + Activities
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Where To Stay

Pillar and Post Hotel and Spa

Indulge in the Niagara resort experience at the Pillar and Post Hotel. This five star hotel features all of the modern comforts but in a 19th century building that boasts a rich history.  Enjoy the unique Niagara dining experience with farm-to-table flavours and fine wine. 

Pillar and Post Hotel and spa Niagara-on-the-Lake + Guide + Summer
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Prince of Wales Hotel

Experience the royal treatment at the Prince of Wales Hotel. This Historic hotel will make you feel like royalty with their first-class accommodations, restaurants and spas, and unrivalled service. Right in the heart of NOTL there are boutiques like the edit, theatres and restaurants at your doorstep, so you can experience it all.

Prince of Wales Hotel Niagara-on-the-Lake + Activities + Guide + Summer
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Where To Eat

Cows Ice Cream

Grab some of the World’s best ice cream at Cows Ice Cream! After a fun and exciting day experiencing all NOTL has to offer, stop by Cows for a refreshing cone. With over 30 flavours to choose from you are sure to find your favourites here.

Cows Ice Cream Shopping + Niagara-on-the-Lake + Summer
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Balzac’s Coffee Roasters

For the coffee lovers out there Balzac’s Coffee Roasters is a great place to visit. Inspired by the Grand Cafes of Paris Balzac’s has been connecting Canadians through fresh roasted coffee for almost 30 years. From cold brews to mocha lattes there is something for everyone, and after you’ve enjoyed your coffee you can stop next door at the edit to shop some chic home goods, beauty products, clothing and everything in between. We’re open from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Thursday to Monday!

Balzac's Coffee Roasters + Shopping + Niagara-on-the-Lake + Summer
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Corks Winebar & Eatery

Have a wonderful meal and glass of wine or beer at Cork’s in their newly renovated covered patio, bright and spacious dining room or second floor event space. This family run business has been hosting guests and events for over 10 years so come out and enjoy some traditional meals.

Cork's Shopping + Niagara-on-the-Lake
@corksniagara via Instagram

The Wineries & Breweries

Jackson-Triggs

Experience amazing wine tastings and tours at Jackson-Triggs. They offer daily tastings where you can sample premium wines from their VQA portfolio and shop in their wine boutiques. You can explore the winery from vineyard to cellar on a tour for a glimpse at how their award winning wines are crafted.

Jackson Triggs Activities + Niagara-on-the-Lake + Summer + Wine
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The Exchange Brewery

Visit the tasting rooms at The Exchange Brewery where they have a selection of flagship brews and seasonal and specialty beers. They offer snacks, popup culinary menus, weekly specials and they are always stocked with fresh bottles you can purchase and enjoy at home.

the exchange brewery + Activities + Niagara-on-the-Lake + Summer + beer
@theexchangebrewery via Instagram

Caroline Cellars

Visit one of Niagara’s favourite family owned and operated wineries. Sample some of their handcrafted award-winning VQA wines, fruit wines and ice wines at their wine boutique and tasting bar, and grab a bite to eat at the Farmhouse Cafe.

Caroline Cellers Activities + Shopping + Niagara-on-the-Lake + Wine
@carolinecellers via Instagram

Trius Winery

Go on an interactive tour at Trius Winery and learn about winemaking and gain some insider tips for enjoying wine in new ways. You can sip, sample and shop for wine and culinary gifts that will serve as a tasty reminder of your trip.

Trius Winery Activities + Shopping Niagara-on-the-Lake + Wine
@triuswines via Instagram

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