Any Canadian will tell you that summer is the best season, but you shouldn’t be surprised to hear Canadians also love the seasonal transition to winter before the heavy downfall of ski-ready snow. The fall season is the most magical time in Ontario when the tapestry of the trees changes into hues of yellows, reds, and orange picked up by reflections in the calm waters of the dark lakes and intensified by the bright blue sunny skies. The months of October and November offer the best opportunity to see the changing leafs, and a great season to get out hiking, explore, and take pictures!
Among Ontario’s top attractions is Niagara-on-the-Lake, a small historic town along the main scenic route from Niagara Falls. Situated along the Niagara River and Lake Ontario, it is only 20 minutes drive from Niagara Falls. The unique charm of this town is far removed from the busy and touristy centre of Niagara Falls, even though it receives over 3 million tourists annually! Honoured in 1996 as the “Prettiest Town in Canada”, the town is a great visiting spot for the nature- and culture-lover, alike.
If you are interested in culture and entertainment, you can visit historic forts and monuments, grand mansions, and perhaps attend a play at the renowned Shaw Festival Theatre. If you are a nature enthusiast, you would appreciate the breath-taking parks and gardens, world-class wineries and vineyards such as the grand Peller Estates, and spas like the Pillar and Post Hotel and Spa which is both charming and relaxing once you step inside of its tranquil surroundings. For only $25.00 you have a day’s access to the 100 Fountain Spa which includes indoor and outdoor pool, outdoor hot springs (especially soothing and luxurious in the winter time), sauna and steam room, a small gym, and a helping of fresh fruits and hot drinks along with a complimentary robe and slippers.
The historic downtown of this little town also boasts a number of quaint shops and boutiques which are especially spectacular during winter time (I am thinking of the Christmas store and several candy shops), restaurants, public and private art galleries, the centuries-old Court House, and museums.
Niagara-on-the-Lake is one unique place that is great to visit at any time, but it has a particular charm during the fall and winter seasons.