Niagara On the Lake: A family holiday review: Part one

This year we opted to do something a bit different for our family holiday, and we headed to the Niagara region of Canada. We spent 3 nights at Niagara on the Lake, followed by 6 nights in Niagara Falls. Often Niagara is seen as a short break destination, but with a little research I was confident that this area had a lot more to offer than we could fit in a short stay. I am going to share an outline of our itinerary, and an insight into our holiday.

Niagara on the Lake

Day one: Dublin to Niagara on the Lake.

We flew from Dublin Airport to Hamilton Airport, however other nearby airports include Toronto and Buffalo (USA). Just a tip if you are researching this area yourself; make sure you don’t confuse Niagara, CA with Niagara, USA, especially when booking accommodation. Also ensure you are aware of any visa requirements that apply to you.

As we didn’t want to drive we got a taxi to our Bed and Breakfast, The Tea Cosy, in Niagara on the Lake. Family friendly accommodation in Niagara on the Lake is hard to find. The area tends to attract couples and individuals who want to explore the many local winery’s and brewers in the region. The Shaw Festival Theatre also attracts many adult visitors, with performances held throughout summer.

We arrived before bedtime and settled into the Tea Cosy BnB. The hosts were friendly, yet professional, and the Earl Grey room we had booked was large and comfortable. If you want somewhere where the kids can run riot, then this is not the place for you. The owners expect respect for their home and other guests. If you can work with that, this is a really great choice for family accommodation in the area.

The Tea Cosy BnB

Day 2: Exploring Niagara on the Lake, including Fort George.

Gorgeous breakfast at the Tea Cosy BnB

The next morning, after a delicious breakfast, we went to collect our hire bicycles from Zoom Leisure Bikes which was just a short stroll from our BnB. One of the attractions of the area was the flat bike paths. However, we knew that we would have to cycle on the road at some points, so we opted for a tag-a-long bike and a trailer for the kids. I personally hadn’t been on a proper bike ride for over 20 years so it was with quite a lot of trepidation that we set of on our bikes to explore. For the first 10 minutes or so I did think about turning around, but I soon got into the swing of it, and felt more comfortable.

Our mode of transport in Niagara on the Lake

We stopped at a locals grocers and picked up some items for a picnic lunch, before heading to Fort George where we learnt about the War of 1812, and developed our knowledge of the area’s history. The kids loved this, with the actors in costume, and seeing muskets being fired!

Fort George Niagara on the Lake

Afterwards, we explored the town centre. A really beautiful town with the most gorgeous floral displays. It also was host to a range of independent retailers, restaurants, and a play park for the kids.

Horse drawn carriage, Niagara on the Lake
Exploring the shops, Niagara on the Lake
Cow’s Ice Cream, Niagara on the Lake
The Owl and the Pussycat, Niagara on the Lake

There are bike racks throughout the area so it was easy to lock up our bikes while we explored by foot. Then we did a bit more exploring by bicycle, calling in at the Two Sisters Vineyard, for a light refreshment, before heading back to the Tea Cosy BnB.

Niagara on the Lake
Two Sisters Vineyeard, Niagara on the Lake
Two Sisters Vineyard
Garden Back Yard at the Tea Cosy BnB

After freshening up we ate at the Sandtrap, which was just across the road from our BnB. Great prices and family friendly, this is a fantastic option for a family dinner.

Sandtrap Pub, Niagara on the Lake

We packed quite a lot into the first full day of our Niagara on the Lake family holiday, and I can assure you we all slept well! Just click to follow along the next part of our trip, Niagara on the Lake: A family holiday review: Part two.

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