With the jaw-dropping natural beauty that is iconic to Canada, the Niagara region boasts some of the most beautiful produce in lush vineyards and orchards, especially near Niagara-On-The-Lake on the shore of Lake Ontario. In fact, it might be your key to some of the most laid-back adventures you can have this summer.
Welcome to Niagara, Canada’s largest wine-making region, with over 140 different wineries as well as a number of craft breweries, distilleries, and cannabis farms.
It’s the kind of place where you can reconnect with the great outdoors — especially during the warm summer months. Whether you’re looking for nature to offer a big adventure, or a slower, relaxing getaway, there’s a reason why Niagara is the number one destination for people visiting Canada.
Not sure where to go? If you’re in the area for a quick weekend getaway, here’s what we’ve discovered about how to explore Niagara with your bestie.
One of the best ways to experience the Niagara region’s breathtaking scenery is on a bicycle. Cycling past never-ending vineyards and greenery is an experience that is unique to Niagara. The country roads that link some of the area’s best wineries are actually relatively flat and within close proximity to each other, so cycling between them is easy even if you’re a beginner.
Plus, if you really enjoy any of the wines, spirits, or craft beers you’ve tried along the way, you won’t have to worry about holding bottles under your arm as you try to keep your bike steady. (Honestly, that’s just an accident waiting to happen). Most wineries in the area will arrange to have any bottles you purchase sent straight to your hotel, so you can be hands-free to enjoy your day!
Whether you choose to rent your own bike for a self-guided tour or join up with one of the area’s many bike tours, make sure you stop by Jackson-Triggs Winery, Two Sisters Vineyards, Niagara Oast House Brewers, Wayne Gretzky Estates Winery & Distillery and Peller Estates Winery & Restaurant.
After you’ve had a good night’s rest, make it a day of experiencing the scenic 35-mile-long Niagara Parkway, with the help of some of the region’s most mouthwatering homegrown produce. Stop by any local fruit stand or store, or drop by Walker’s Country Market, a family-owned and operated market since the 1930s, to pick up some sandwiches, fresh fruit, and desserts.
The area features some of the most picturesque spots to set up a picnic and relax, so you can take your time exploring (especially after an entire day of cycling around to the area’s wineries). There’s a reason why in 1943, after paying it a visit, Winston Churchill called Niagara Parkway the “prettiest Sunday afternoon drive in the world.”
We couldn’t have said it any better ourselves. Visit VisitNiagaraCanada.com for more information.