Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario is beautiful destination any time of year. The town is especially enjoyable in the fall, with plenty of things to do on bright, crisp autumn days. You’ll find Niagara-on-the-Lake just across the Niagara River from Youngstown, making it an easy daytrip destination from anywhere in Western New York.
Add these attractions to your itinerary for a fun-filled fall day in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
The Shaw Festival
There are plenty of performances to choose from in September, October and November at The Shaw Festival.
Niagara Wine Country
September and October make up the harvest season for many of Niagara-on-the-Lake’s varietals. Wineries and their vineyards are buzzing with activity this time of year. Consider taking a tour in addition to visiting the tasting room to see what goes into making your favorite glass of wine.
Shops, restaurants and picture-perfect houses line many of the town’s quaint streets. The historic downtown is filled with reminders of Niagara-on-the-Lake’s beginnings as a British stronghold during the American Revolution. Make sure you wander down Queen Street for iconic views, as well as the best shopping options.
If the weather permits, walk along the shore of Lake Ontario without any of the summer crowds. Both Queen’s Royal Park and Mississauga Beach offer visitors picturesque views.
Fort George National Historic Site
Add a bit of history to your daytrip when you visit Fort George National Historic Site. Daily programs are available for all ages. Just outside the Site lies Butler’s Barracks, another National Historic Site.
Food and drink are integral parts of Niagara-on-the-Lake’s draw. Fall’s cooler temperatures make walking or biking between stops a fun option!
Whether you need a break from the sun or the weather feels more like winter than fall, step into one of the region’s quirky museums. The Niagara Apothecary Museum is an authentic look at a turn-of-the-century apothecary. Or, learn about the art of printing at the Mackenzie Printery and Newspaper Museum, located in nearby Queenston. Both are open through October.