Harbour House Hotel is proud to belong to one of Ontario’s best group of hotels, Ontario’s Finest Inns & Spas ©. Every year, OFI awards certain members who have proven to consistently offer something exemplary. This year, Harbour House was one of only two hotels given two awards! We were honoured to be recognized for our heavenly beds as well as to achieve one of the highest scores in our review! For more information about Ontario’s Finest Inns & Spas and their special group of hotels visit www.ontariosfinestinns.com
About the Town
Stroll back through history and enjoy world class theatre, fine dining, shopping, our estate wineries, farm markets and historical sites.
Niagara-on-the-Lake, winner of the Prettiest Town in Canada Award, has a long and distinguished history. Site of the old Neutral Indian village of Onghiara, it was settled at the close of the American Revolution by Loyalists coming to Upper Canada, many of whom had been members of the much feared Butler’s Rangers, based during the American Revolution at Fort Niagara, then under British control.
In 1781 the British Government purchased land from the Mississaugas; a strip of land 6 miles wide along the western bank of the Niagara River for “300 suits of clothing”. By 1782, 16 families had become established and had cleared 236 acres. In 1791 part of the military reserve at the mouth of the river was chosen as the future town site. In 1792, Newark – as it was named by Governor Simcoe, became the first capital of the newly-created colony of Upper Canada, and the legislature met here for five sessions, until Lieutenant-Governor John Graves Simcoe moved the capital to York. By 1796, 70 new homes were built, and the town continued to prosper as the economic, administrative and judicial centre for the Niagara Peninsula. The physical appearance of the town, with the exception of the powder magazine at Fort George was virtually erased by the burning of the town by the Americans during the war of 1812.
Rebuilt, Niagara became an active commercial centre, with a busy shipping and ship-building industry, as well as many shops and warehouses. The beautiful old homes lining the tree-shaded streets attest to the prosperity of its citizens.
TODAY, over two hundred years after its founding, Niagara-on-the-Lake hums with a different kind of traffic. Its many attractions include historic sites – Fort George and the Historical Society Museum; the Shaw Festival with its three theatres, the marina, our heritage business district for shopping as well as world class golf courses, parks, beautiful farmland, agricultural markets and our world famous Niagara wineries.
Our town attracts thousands of visitors who stroll the historic streets, shop in the boutiques, bike the Niagara River Parkway, golf on internationally-acclaimed courses, dine in gourmet restaurants and hopefully – if just for a little while – journey back in time to a special, leisurely place. Visit Harbour House to reflect, relax and savour the good life.
Niagara and Niagara-on-the-Lake offers a veritable cornucopia of things to do…
The Niagara River Recreation Trail, just a short walk from the hotels, is one of the most attractive off-road recreation trails in Canada. Hugging the winding shore of the Niagara River, the Trail is perfect for cycling and walking. And when you have taxed the body, rejuvenate in your room’s whirlpool and luxurious bedding!
The Shaw Festival, a renowned repertory theatre, presents plays created by George Bernard Shaw and his contemporaries, in three wonderful theatres-all within walking distance of the hotels.
Steps away from the hotels is Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours. Take a breathtaking ride up the Niagara River into the stonewalled canyon that is the Niagara Gorge. The ultimate destination is the Devil’s Hole Rapids and the legendary Whirlpool. This is one of the most amazing rides you will ever experience. As seen on the Amazing Race
Wander down Queen Street and you will be tempted by dozens of shops-a unique treasure trove of original gift buying.
Now considered amongst the top wine producing regions in North America, the Niagara Region boasts over 40 world-class wineries, beckoning to you to visit for touring and tasting.
Arts & Culture
Sports & Leisure
Tours & Transportation
- Niagara Falls Aviary
- Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours
Niagara is Canada’s most celebrated grape and wine producing region. The blending of soils and temperate climate that stretches summers into one of the longest growing seasons in Canada, nourishes and matures grapes for the finest wines. Old and New World expertise combined with some of North America’s finest quality grapes produce award winning wines worthy of their international acclaim. All of the Niagara-on-the-Lake wineries offer tours and tastings of VQA and blended wines–come out and discover why we are so proud of the vintages of Niagara-on-the-Lake.
- Joseph’s Estate Wines
- Konzelmann Estate Winery
- Lailey Vineyard Winery
- Marynissen Estates Winery
- Niagara College Teaching Winery
- Palatine Hills Estate Winery
- Peller Estates Winery
- Pillitteri Estates Winery
- Pondview Estate Winery
- Ravine Vineyard Estate Winery
- Reif Estate Winery
- Riverview Cellars Winery
- Southbrook Vineyards
- Small Talk Vineyards
- Stratus Vineyards
- Strewn Estate Winery