A trip to Niagara-on-the-Lake is a popular destination for many Torontonians. The lakeside town offers a wealth of options for a relaxing, luxury weekend or day trip. Whether you are interested in seeing first-class theatre, tasting the latest vintages on a wine tour, spending the day on the links, or seeking fine dining experiences, Niagara-on-the-Lake is the place for luxury experiences.
Although Niagara-on-the-Lake is about a one-and-a-half to two-hour drive from Toronto, you can get their even faster if you rent a private jet charter. The Niagara District Airport, which is a short 11 kilometre drive from Niagara-on-the-Lake, accepts private planes. You’ll be able to relax in comfort in your private plane instead of white-knuckling it in the traffic on the QEW. Continue reading to learn about other luxury experiences in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
A visit to Niagara-on-the-Lake is not truly completed without taking in a play at the Shaw Festival. The 61-year-old festival features plays by Bernard Shaw and his contemporaries in three theatres, including the flagship Festival Theatre, the historic Royal George Theatre located in the middle of busy Queen Street and the Jackie Maxwell Studio Theatre. Some of the plays featured in the 2023 season include:
Playboy of the Western World at Jackie Maxwell Studio Theatre
On The Razzle by Tom Stoppard at Royal George Theatre
Gypsy at the Festival Theatre
The Apple Cart by Bernard Shaw at Jackie Maxwell Studio Theatre
The Shadow of a Doubt by Edith Wharton at Royal George Theatre
Order tickets online or purchase them at the Shaw Festival theatre box offices. Read my review of Me and My Girl at the Shaw Festival.
The Charles Hotel was built in 1832 and is situated in the historic Old Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Updated, modern rooms mix with preserved architectural features that maintain a vintage look. HobNob Restaurant & Wine Bar features locally-sourced ingredients, curated wine list including the fine wines of Niagara. Decorated in soothing neutral tones, the elegant room features a show-stopping chandelier, oak trimmings and a marble fireplace. Guests will enjoy dining on Digby Scallops, Quebec Foie Gras, Alaskan Black Cod, Beef Tenderloin and Ontario Rack of Lamb among others.
You know you’re in wine country by all the signs highlighting the different wineries. Taking a Niagara wine tour with myWineCountry allows you to visit three popular wineries including Wayne Gretzky Estates, Peller Estates and Trius Winery. The tour includes transportation to and from your Niagara Falls or Niagara-on-the-Lake hotel, as well as lunch at The Whisky Bar Patio at Wayne Gretzky Estates. The cost is $199 per person. Reserve online or call Wine Country Concierge at 1-888-510-5537.
For the ultimate in luxury experiences in Niagara-on-the-Lake, why not book some relaxing treatments at White Oaks Resort & Spa? Spas of America rates White Oaks as the #1 spa in Niagara and #7 in Canada. Some of the treatments you can enjoy include MAX + LED Photofacial, Aroma Flex Massage, Hot Stone Massage, Detoxifying Seaweed Body Wrap, Coconut Beach Body Wrap, Honey Lavender Body Glow and Spa Pedicure. White Oaks Resort & Spa is located at 253 Taylor Road SS4, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, 905-641-2599.
If you are looking to explore the scenic Niagara-on-the-Lake in a unique way, why not consider renting a Polaris Slingshot? Drive along the sprawling Niagara Parkway in this three-wheeled motorcycle while turning heads as you do. If you prefer to go off road, you can also rent an ATV to explore Niagara-on-the-Lake and the surrounding Niagara Falls.
Polaris Slingshot rentals are $150 per hour; $250 per two hours. Full G / Class 5 and U.S. driver’s licence accepted. Unlimited kilometres. Gas, tax and helmet included. The price is per Slingshot, which seats two people. AV rentals are $100 per hour.
Why not squeeze in a game of golf while visiting the serene Niagara-on-the-Lake? The Niagara-on-the-Lake Golf Club is a semi-private golf club and has bragging rights as the oldest golf club in North America. Play 9 or 18 holes during Prime Season, which is April 17, 2023 to October 31, 2023. Prime Season golf rates are as follows:
Weekdays: 9 holes: $45; 18 holes: $70
Weekends: 9 holes: $50; 18 holes: $80
Twilight (after 5 p.m. daily) (9 holes): $35
After your golf game, enjoy lunch or dinner at the golf club’s Waterfront Restaurant, Lounge and Patio, featuring spectacular views of Lake Ontario. Executive Chef Jeff Hicks has created an exciting menu from local fare whether you want a casual meal in the pub or a fine dining experience in the Waterfront Restaurant dining room. You’ll enjoy unparalleled views of the Niagara River while dining in comfort. Some of the menu highlights include Seared Beef Tenderloin, Grilled Lamb Chops, fresh fish of the day and Prime Rib. Please call 905.468.3424 ext.10 to reserve.
I hope you enjoyed learning about these luxury experiences in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Please let me know in the comment section if you have tried any of them.