Why Niagara on the Lake Is a Great Place To Move When You Leave Toronto

Queen Street in Niagara on the Lake
Queen Street in Niagara on the Lake

Are you ready to leave Toronto? If you’re an empty-nester, now may be the best time to make your move out of the GTA. Whether you’re in the 416 or the 905, city living comes with a lot of stress. Traffic is bad and commute times are only getting worse, plus the cost of living keeps climbing. Unless you’re tied to the city for your career, there are a lot of reasons to seek greener pastures elsewhere.

Anyone looking to upgrade or upsize from their home in the city now that their kids have moved out might want to look at some of the adult lifestyle communities near Toronto. They’ve become popular destinations for homebuyers looking to get more out of their lifestyle and who want to move to communities with more to offer.

Queen Street in Niagara on the Lake
Queen Street in Niagara on the Lake

One great destination that’s only one hour-and-a-half from Toronto is Niagara-on-the-Lake. There are several compelling reasons to consider buying new homes in Niagara on the Lake : the extra space, the larger backyard, and extra money in your budget to enjoy the great food, entertainment, and recreational activities available in the area.

Niagara Region has become a popular destination for ex-Torontonians of all ages looking for more space, houses they can afford, and cities where they can afford to start their own businesses. Niagara-on-the-Lake offers a unique lifestyle that is within steps of award-winning vineyards, farms, five-star restaurants and entertainment, and some stunning scenery. Take a look at some of the perks of moving to Niagara-on-the-Lake:

Incredible Scenery

Niagara-on-the-Lake is home to rolling hills, verdant vineyards, the glistening water of Lake Ontario, and the mighty Niagara River, with plenty of biking trails, golf courses, parks, yacht clubs and marinas to help you enjoy the outdoors. In fact, the region offers 300 kilometers of cycling trails, including the breathtaking Niagara River Recreation Trail, in addition to 40 golf courses.

Culinary Scene

With a unique temperate climate, Niagara Region is one of Ontario’s most agriculturally fertile areas, home to 80% of the province’s grape production, as well as most of Ontario’s orchards. There’s nothing sweeter than a juicy Niagara peach! As a result, Niagara-on-the-Lake is a hotbed for farm-to-table dining, farmer’s markets, and some of the best produce available in Ontario.

With such an abundance of wineries, you’ll become a connoisseur of some of Ontario’s best VQA wines. You can burn off some calories by taking a bike tour of Niagara wineries while enjoying spectacular vistas. Don’t miss the Icewine Festival each January when you can get a chance to sample this dessert wine, produced right in the Niagara Region.

Royal George Theatre hosts Shaw Festival Niagara on the Lake
Royal George Theatre hosts Shaw Festival Niagara on the Lake

Culture and Entertainment

There’s more to do in Niagara-on-the-Lake than just eat and drink. The world-renowned Shaw Festival performs plays and musicals of George Bernard Shaw and his contemporaries from spring to fall. History buffs will enjoy visiting Fort George and Butler’s Barracks National Historic Sites. Music lovers will enjoy attending summer music festivals, and the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre – a four-venue complex showcasing popular music, theatre, comedy and dance.

Niagara-on-the-Lake has so much to offer. If you’re thinking about leaving Toronto, give serious consideration to this nearby destination. It’s a great place to find your dream home.

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