Visiting Our Community

Visiting Our Community

Niagara-on-the-Lake is one of Canada’s most historic and picturesque towns. Located at the tip of the Niagara Peninsula and nestled along the shores of Lake Ontario, Niagara-on-the-Lake includes Old Town, Virgil, St. Davids, Queenston and Glendale.

Established as a settlement for United Empire Loyalists in 1781, the Town was incorporated and became the first capital of Upper Canada in 1792. It was then rebuilt after the war of 1812.

Niagara-on-the-Lake is a town of many firsts: the first capital of Upper Canada; home of our nation’s oldest printing press – which published the first newspaper in Upper Canada, the Gazette; and home to the first circulating public library in Upper Canada.

Although we are a smaller community of approximately 17,500 permanent residents, we also welcome millions of visitors each year.

Each year millions of people from around the world travel here to experience our Town’s unique charm and historic sites, including Fort George and Brock’s Monument; period-restored heritage homes, top-flight golf courses, breath-taking parks and gardens, as well as over 30 wineries and countless vineyards, many of which produce our world-class ice wine.

Residents and visitors alike enjoy the town’s natural beauty, as well as our many heritage landmarks and local amenities, including some of the finest vineyards, orchards and greenhouses in Canada; the world-famous Shaw Festival Theatre; internationally-acclaimed wineries; and four-star dining and visitor accommodations.

We would love to see you here!