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All year, tourists come from far and wide to experience the splendor and historical beauty of Niagara-on-the-Lake. As cooler temps give way to fantastic fall foliage, visitors find yet one more reason to frequent the area. Situated just across the Niagara River from Youngstown, NY, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, is an easy day trip destination from anywhere in Western New York.

Fill your itinerary with these fun-filled fall activities in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.

The Shaw Festival

The Shaw is a world-renowned theatre featuring a variety of performances in all genres. The Shaw Festival offers something for everyone throughout fall and into the holiday season.

Niagara Wine Country

Vineyards are brimming with activity during the harvest season throughout September and October. Most wineries offer tours and tastings at this pivotal time in the winemaking process.

Historic Queen Street

This quintessential downtown street does not disappoint in any season. Shops, restaurants and an array of ornate buildings line this quaint street. The downtown district is full of historical landmarks and reminders of Niagara-on-the-Lake’s heritage. A feast for the senses awaits on Queen street.

Lake Ontario

Scenic views along the shore of Lake Ontario can truly be enjoyed in the absence of the summer crowds. Visit Queen’s Royal Park and Mississauga Beach for stunning vistas.

Fort George National Historic Site

Travel back in time when you visit Fort George National Historic Site. Get your daily dose of history with programming for all ages.

Food Tours

Visitors flock to Niagara-on-the-Lake for world class food and drink. You’ll have no trouble finding a farm-to-table menu featuring Niagara’s fall bounty and an expertly paired wine menu.


Whether you’re escaping cool temps or fueling your trivia prowess, NOTL offers plenty of museums to explore. The Niagara Apothecary Museum is an authentic look at a turn-of-the-century apothecary. Or, learn about the art of printing at the Mackenzie Printery and Newspaper Museum, located in nearby Queenston. Both are open through October.