Niagara-on-the-Lake is known for its rich history and storybook beauty, but there is so much more to discover in this Old Town. We love the vibrant arts scene, sensational dining and world-class wineries, and we can’t wait to share our favourites with you.
This page will give you some ideas to help you start to plan your getaway with us. For a more indepth look at these and many other places, activities and events that take place in the region have a look at our blog www.niagarafied.ca
Music & Theatre
- The Shaw Festival is the Grande Old Lady of the Niagara-on-the-Lake arts scene, presenting the works of Bernard Shaw and Shavian playwrights in four distinct theatres, each within walking distance of Highbrook Bed & Breakfast.
- For those looking for something a little different in live theater, check out Corks' Playhouse Theatre. They present a variety of productions throughout the season.
- Fans of great film and fabulous wine will enjoy the Star Treatment at the Niagara Integrated Film Festival. Screenings take place at venues around town, pairing the year’s best Indie films with the Region’s highest rated wineries and gastronomy.
- Live music is an important part of our growing entertainment scene. Visit local pubs like the Anchorage and The Angel Inn for intimate performances by local musicians, and watch for exciting musical events including Music Niagara and the Niagara Jazz Festival. Be sure to check the event listings of your favourite wineries for fantastic vineyard concerts.
Arts & Shopping
- If you love Arts & Antiques, this is your town! Be sure to visit our local galleries, including the Romance Collection Gallery and fabulous Pumphouse Visual Arts Centre. Stroll downtown or take a country drive to find amazing oddities & antiquities at shops & markets in and around town.
- For many, a visit to Niagara-on-the-Lake is all about the amazing shopping. From clothing boutiques featuring original designers to the amazing new Outlet Collection of Niagara offering more than 100 stores and the world’s top names, there truly is something for everyone and every taste. Feel free to shop till you drop – we have a comfy bed and quiet restful garden waiting for you!
Wining and Dining
- Pubs, bistros, tea shops and pure elegance. Enjoy a cuppa and light fare in the Irish Tea Room, try the East Coast Lobster Club at Treadwell’s Farm-to-Table, many of the vineyards host excellent restaurants as well. One well worth the visit is Kitchen 76 at Two Sisters Winery, discover pure decadence in our many gourmet establishments. Watch the calendar for fantastic culinary events like Taste the Season and The Supper Market featuring Artisanal works, local foods and gourmet food trucks. Or for a pleasant afternoon stroll give Niagara Culinary Tours a try.
- With more than 30 wineries in the Niagara-on-the-Lake area, there’s no shortage of delight for budding aficionados and serious sommeliers alike. Take the time to tour local wineries with David Paget of Niagara Wine Tour Guides. Watch for vineyard events including enchanting Shakespearean festivals, concerts and wonderful dining among the vines. Salut!
Rest & Relaxation
- When the occasion calls for “aaaaahh...”, seek your solace in our of our many incredible local spas. From the stunning 13,000 square foot “100 Fountain Spa” to the intimate “Secret Garden”, Niagara-on-the-Lake spas are ready to pamper you perfectly.
- Niagara-on-the-Lake’s rolling countryside and stunning natural beauty make this the ideal location for world-glass Golf Courses. We offer challenging private, semi-private and public courses from 9 to 27 holes- all within a short “drive” from Highbrook Bed & Breakfast.
- Sometimes, the best way to explore the Wine Country is on two wheels. Visit one of our local facilities to rent bicycles, e-bikes, scooters and even tandem bikes. Niagara Wine Tours International provides bikes and maps routes to get the most out of your two-wheeled adventure along the Niagara Parkway or through the rolling countryside.
Our rich history reaches back to about 1781 when Niagara-on-the-Lake was known as Butlersburg, in honour of Colonel John Butler, commander of Butler's Rangers. The settlement was initially a British army base, later serving as a pivotal player in the war of 1812. Watch for historical plaques throughout town, and be sure to visit one of our many fascinating historic sites.
- Fort George is a historic military structure that was the scene of many battles during the War of 1812. The staff maintains the image of the Fort George as it operated during the early 19th century, complete with period costumes, exhibits and displays. Guided tours are available, and watch for special events including ghost tours and battle re-enactments.
- Visit Niagara Historical Society Museum on Castlereagh Street. To learn more about the colorful history of our town this is a must see.