DescriptionNiagara-on-the-Lake is a well-preserved town that was the first capital of Upper Canada 1791-96. Because of its proximity to the Niagara River and Lake Ontario, the town developed into a busy port and shipbuilding center. After the Welland Canal was completed in 1829, bypassing Niagara-on-the-Lake and damaging its port trade, the settlement declined. New industry soon arrived, however, as railroads made the area accessible to tourists.
The 19th-century aura of this quaint village is enhanced by the renowned Shaw Festival, which offers an entire summer of superlative theater.
Visitor InfoNiagara-on-the-Lake Chamber of Commerce 26 Queen St. Lower Level NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, ON L0S 1J0. Phone:(905)468-1950
Self-guiding toursInformation about walking tours of the area is available from the chamber of commerce.
Things to SeeFort George National Historic Site