The fall season is a wonderful time to rediscover the splendours of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Although the summer brings millions of tourists from across Canada and around the world — the autumn months bring a leisurely mix of casual relaxation to Ontario’s famed wine country. Vineyard tours, festivals and concerts continue throughout the fall. And some visitors actually prefer to explore Niagara-on-the-Lake without the bustle of the summer crowds!
Changing of the Leaves
There’s no other place in Ontario where the leaves hang brighter than on the Niagara Peninsula. If you love the spectacular hues that emerge this time of year, look no further than Niagara-on-the-Lake. In October, many visitors like to set sail on a Niagara Sunset Cruise. The ‘Fall Colours Tour’ is a treat for anyone looking to embrace the crisp days of autumn. Get intimate with nature while aboard the Niagara Belle. Cruises depart from the Queenston Dock, just a 10-minute drive from Lakelands B&B!
North Star Festival
If you’re visiting Niagara-on-the-Lake during the fall months, you’ll discover some very unique festivals at this time. For example: From October 2 – 4, ‘Bravo! Niagara’ will be presenting the much-anticipated North Star Festival. Those interested in Canada’s ongoing push for freedom and equality will be fascinated by this event. It recognizes and honours the courage of freedom-seekers who followed the North Star to Niagara via the Underground Railroad. The North Star Festival is officially endorsed by the UNESCO Slave Route Project. One of the highlights of this year’s show is a performance by Afrocentric artist Nathaniel Dett Chorale. He’ll be performing ‘Freedom Has a Voice’ at St. Mark’s Anglican Church on Saturday, October 3rd.
Ghost Walks of Niagara
Our region is affectionately known as ‘Canada’s Most Haunted Town’. Visitors can take part in the famous Ghost Walks, which are available all 7 days of the week during September and October. These popular walks feature an exploration of the Old Town, plus stories of all the ghosts that haunt certain establishments. Stops include the Courthouse, Apothecary and the Royal George Theatre. If you’re fascinated by Niagara’s rich (and sometimes dark!) history, be sure to take advantage of the Ghost Walks’ extended availability this fall. Tours begin at 125 Queen Street (half-block from Starbucks).
Most of the wineries in Niagara-on-the-Lake offer tours all year round. Keep in mind that just because summer is over, that doesn’t mean reservations are no longer necessary. If you’d like to explore some of the region’s most famous vineyards and cellars, be sure to book well in advance. Take a look at our Packages to find an itinerary that’s perfect for you. Winery tours with a gourmet lunch/dinner are some of the most popular!
Book Lakelands B&B
This season, stay with us during your visit to Niagara-on-the-Lake. Hospitality, generosity and delicious home-cooked breakfasts are just some of the reasons to book at Lakelands B&B. Contact us today to reserve your suite!