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Welcome to historic Niagara-on-the-Lake, the original Capital of Upper Canada from 1792 to 1797. Founded in 1781 and rebuilt after the War or 1812, Niagara-on-the-Lake is a vibrant and thriving community which takes pride in its heritage.
Nestled along the shores of the Niagara River and Lake Ontario, we hold the distinction of being the only municipality in Canada whose elected head holds the title of Lord Mayor.
Each year millions of people from around the world travel here to experience our Town’s unique charm and historic sites, including Fort George and Brock’s Monument; period-restored heritage homes, top-flight golf courses, breath-taking parks and gardens, as well as over 30 wineries and countless vineyards, many of which produce our world-class ice wine. Our unique microclimate below the UNESCO-designated Niagara Escarpment, nurtures some of Canada’s finest orchards, vineyards and greenhouses.
We hope you will enjoy our Old Town shopping district, which boasts of a number of quaint shops, boutiques and restaurants, fine hotels, spas and bed & breakfast establishments, as well as public and private art galleries, the centuries-old Court House, museums, and of course, the renowned Shaw Festival Theatre, the second largest repertory theatre in North America.