Once the capital of Ontario, Niagara-on-the-Lake is a quaint township, full of unique visitor experiences and stunning scenery. Set by the Niagara River and Lake Ontario, it was home to a strong military presence and a busy port.
Fort George National Historic Site was the military stand post of the British, and has been completely reconstructed, with costumed actors performing throughout the site. The Laura Secord Homestead is the historic home of the War of 1812 heroine, and visitors can look through the two storey refurbished cottage.
Niagara-on-the-Lake is also home to the well-known Shaw Festival, one of Canada’s premier theatre festivals. During the War of 1812, Niagara-on-the-Lake came under fierce bombardment and was the scene of bloody battles.
Today the town is still under siege, but by hordes of friendly tourists shooting cameras instead of muskets. And there is good reason for the ongoing invasion. Besides having the reputation as one of the prettiest towns in Canada, Niagara-on-the-Lake is also one of the most fascinating historically.
Strategically situated at the mouth of the mighty Niagara River, Niagara-on-the-Lake played a key role in much of the early government, the War of 1812, commerce, and most recently as a centre for tourism and the arts. In fact, it is said that to understand the history of Niagara-on-the-Lake is to understand the history of early Ontario.