Niagara-on-the-Lake is a picture-perfect town located in Southern Ontario. Characterized by well manicured and groomed lawns, beautiful homes with white picket fences, a quaint downtown area with shops, a plethora of bed and breakfasts and wineries, Niagara-on-the-Lake is a nice destination for a quiet day trip.
I recently spent 2 days and 1 night there over a long weekend, which I found to be plenty of time to take it easy and spend some time walking around the town. As a warning, it is VERY busy here on a long weekend and can be quite frustrating finding parking. Human traffic jams on sidewalks are also common.
Here are a few photo highlights from my stay in Niagara-on-the-Lake:
Now a museum, the Niagara Apothecary first opened its doors in the 1860’s and closed in 1964. The museum is filled with rows and rows of artifacts such as bottles and jars imported from Britain in the 1830’s, mortals and pestles, a leech jar from the 19th century, along with an uncountable amount of sample remedies sold in pharmacies during that time.
Niagara-on-the-Lake claims to be the most haunted town in Canada. At only $13 per person (adult fee), Ghost Walks takes guests on an entertaining 2 hour tour, stopping at some of the towns most haunted sites, sharing ghost stories associated with each location.
This building was not part of the tour, but our guide suggested we walk by…if we dare 😉 The story goes that a family used to live in this home, then one evening they decided to flee and never return. The family still owns the home and it remains abandoned to this day. Apparently they have had many offers from businesses or individuals wanting to purchase the property, but they refuse to sell it because the house “has a life of its own”. I was too chicken to take a look at it at night (I scare waaay too easily), but mustered up the courage to visit during the day. I am glad I didn’t go the night before, as it is a pretty damn creepy looking house, even in the daylight.