Did you know? The town’s nickname is “the loveliest town in Canada”. During your Niagara Falls tour from Toronto you will drive through this historic town.
A little history…
Niagara-on-the-Lake, formally known as Onghiara in it’s early village years, is one of Canada’s most famous towns. It is a big sight for Niagara Falls tourism. Back in the day (1781), before Canada was even a unified nation, the British colonialists established Butlersburg (no- they were not all butlers!
This name was given in honor of John Butler, the Butler’s Rangers commander). This was a base for British loyalists and saw a massive migrations from the southern border after the American revolution. It was later renamed to Newark and became the first capital of Upper Canada (which was the British part of Canada).
During the War of 1812 between the British and USA, the great capital of Newark was captured and razed by American soldiers. The residents of this beautiful little town swiftly recovered however, and right after the war, (new name) Niagara was born. Since then the local community has continued to flourish. In 1859 the first public school was created, and Niagara never looked back!
The name Niagara-on-the-Lake was adapted in 1970. It was the unification of the town of Niagara and the township of Niagara.
So what is so great about Niagara-on-the-Lake?
This town is not only one of the most aesthetically pleasing ones you’ll ever see, it’s also extremely rich in history. Many pieces of history are managed under the title Niagara National Historic Sites. Many military sites have been restored over the past century including Fort George, Navy Hall, and Butler’s Barracks to name a few. So many critical battles were fought in this town during the War of 1812 that when you step on its lands, you’re stepping on history. This town is also one of Canada’s core sites for fruit production because of the perfect climate and soil. It is also home to some of the world’s most famous wineries. This region produces some of the tastiest and most popular Ice Wine in anywhere. Niagara-on-the-Lake is full of both natural and manmade beauties such as its gardens, wildlife and art galleries.
The British legacy is rich in this town, and its history is nonidentical. In 1996 Niagara-on-the-Lake was named the prettiest town in Canada by Communities in Bloom. The town is located north of the Niagara Parkway which is a scenic drive and walkway, which you will get to see on your Niagara Falls tour!
Check out this video to get a personal look into Niagara-on-the-Lake!