Niagara-on-the-Lake HotelsKnown as the 'loveliest town in Canada' – and there’s some stiff competition for that accolade - Niagara-on-the-Lake's scenic coastline and historic treasures make it a popular vacation destination all year round. Throw in watersports on the scenic Ontario Lake, the region’s collection of sweet wineries, and the easy access to Niagara Falls, and it's little surprise that this theatrical town – that’s always liberally decorated with kaleidoscopic flowers - is such a draw.Things to seeNiagara-on-the-Lake hosts the Shaw Festival each year, during which the town’s theaters overflow with shows – from booming Broadway musicals, to brooding theater productions. Fittingly, inspiration is in healthy supply thanks to the glorious walking, cycling and sailing opportunities the glistening Lake Ontario offers. Niagara Falls is also just 30 minutes away, and even though you’ve seen it on TV countless times, experiencing the thunderous power of 150,000 gallons of water a second plunging onto the rocks below can’t fail to stun you. Feel the spray on your face as you gently bob towards the crashing impact zone, on the equally famous ‘Maid of the Mist’. While the fury of the waterfalls gets all the plaudits, the ominously churning mass of river that is Niagara Whirlpool is another spectacular natural sight. Hang just above the epicenter of the naturally spiraling and frothing waters, while taking a daring cable car ride across the river. Niagara-on-the-Lake itself can offer one of the most spectacularly green golf courses in Canada, and you can stroke balls along the fairway, while enjoying views of the Niagara River emptying into the rippling lake. Niagara Golf Course is the oldest in North America, and is crowned by the watchful eye of Fort George, which was the site of heavy fighting during the War of 1812.Hotels in
Niagara-on-the-LakeEnjoy your own fireplace and regal bed in one of high quality hotels in Niagara-on-the-Lake - where you’ll feel any tension seeping away as you soak in cavernous baths, and sink into feather soft mattresses. There’s a wide choice of luxury hotels, but the city’s midrange options are equally well equipped, offering secluded flower-speckled gardens, where guests can unwind, and welcoming bars to sip evening drinks before bed. Free, in-room, WiFi makes keeping in touch with home easy, while comfortable beds and satellite TV means a lazy morning – or afternoon - is always an option.Where to stayThe town of Niagara-on-the-Like itself has plenty to offer visitors. Stay on the main Queen’s Street and explore the Old Town’s Victorian architecture, before riding a horse drawn carriage down to the icy river. You’ll then be in prime position to dine on juicy lamb, before taking your seat at Shaw Festival Theatre - which hosts performances throughout the year. Another choice is to stay a little outside the city, where rows of rich green grapevines surround the hotels. The grapes defy the snowfall to create bottles of the region’s specialty - ice wine. Taste the sweet tang – and fill up your trunk with bottles - at one of the area’s collection of quality wineries. How to get to Niagara-on-the-LakeGetting to Niagara-on-the-Lake is simple thanks to the large airports at Buffalo and Toronto, and the drive from Buffalo is just 45 minutes if traffic’s on your side. The city of Niagara Falls also has its own airport, and an Amtrak railway station - so you certainly won’t be short of options for getting here. Travel from Niagara Falls to Niagara-on-the-Lake by jumping aboard one of the shuttle busses, or taking a taxi ride -which won’t cost too much if there’s a few of you traveling.