If you associate Niagara-on-the-Lake only with the Shaw Festival, then you’re in for a surprise. This quaint town, which is an hour-and-a-half’s drive southwest of Toronto, is a haven for active types and perfect for a weekend get-away. The Niagara Parkway has 23 kilometres of recreational trails for cycling that follow the Niagara River, while golfers will enjoy fitting in nine holes for $30 at the semi-private Niagara-on-the-Lake Golf Club. Thrill-seekers can test their mettle on the Whirlpool Jet Boat tours that race through the Niagara River Gorge. As far as accommodations go, if you’re not up for the pricier Prince of Wales Hotel or Queen’s Landing, check out the intimate Moffat Inn, located on Picton Street, which runs into the town’s main Queen Street. The Moffat Inn has 24 rooms that are decorated in breezy cottage-style decor, as well as a charming British watering hole, the Coach & Horses Pub. The feel of the place is relaxed and informal and should help you to unwind for a few days.
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