Edition 56: November 24, 2005
In the 56th issue of the Bed and Breakfast E-Traveller, we bring you to Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON, the perfect location to celebrate the fall and winter seasons.
One thinks of Niagara-on-the-Lake as a historic, beautiful and cultural destination, surrounded by wonderful wines and some great area golf courses, not to mention great restaurants and interesting shopping. Niagara-on-the-Lake has been designated as World Heritage Community by UNESCO. Niagara-on-the-Lake also supports an "Excellence in Service" initiative and many of our better B&Bs have taken this course.
And, of course, it's not far from the glitz and magnificence of Niagara Falls.
But a different Niagara-on-the-Lake emerges in the cooler months. The town begins a celebration of the fall and winter. Many new activites are offered to appeal to off-season visitors; one can always find a variety of entertainment and special events throughout the area. For more information, please visit:
Niagara-on-the-Lake Chamber site for Special Events
Niagara-on-the-Lake Chamber site for Wine Events
Our moderate climate means that fall colours are just turning in mid-October. The annual Candlelight Stroll on the first Friday of December attracts thousands of local people and visitors alike, kicking off the Holiday Season. Carolers and choirs entertain strolling visitors who carry candles in support of local charities. In January, there is a ice wine festival, which is a high point the first month of the year.
Only the Shaw Festival and the golf courses are closed! Shopping, restaurants, wine-tasting, cultural and historic possibilities still abound. And there are special events happening throughout this period.
Niagara-on-the-Lake boasts a wide selection of accommodation, featuring some excellent bed and breakfast homes and inns. Make sure to reserve in advance by making early reservations.
Come to Niagara-on-the-Lake and discover upcoming events in the region:
Willowbank Fall Lectures & Workshops
Most Saturdays from now through Dec. 3, 2005
An evening of unpredictable light and local entertainment. Discover the hidden talents of your friends and neighbours - or expose them to yours! Join us for some good, clean (mostly), goofy fun. Monday night at the Oban Inn, Front and Gate Streets. Show beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10. Available at the door.
Taste the Season 2005 Passport Program
November 26 and 27
Enjoy a wine and food pairing at each of the 17 wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake AND discover great holiday gift selections, wines for your seasonal entertaining, and wines to cellar for enjoyment later. Present your passport at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Chamber of Commerce at 26 Queen Street in the Historical Shopping District and receive your "Vintage 2005 Collectible Ornament" as a keepsake of your trip. Your touring passport also supports Second Harvest and its programs to help feed those who would otherwise go hungry.
Wine and Food pairings can be viewed at www.wineriesofniagaraonthelake.com.
Rotary Holiday House Tour
December 2 and December 3.
The sparkle of Christmas comes to life in Old Town Niagara Historic and contemporary properties wonderfully decorated by professionals for the Holiday season. Be inspired by the imagination of these fabulously talented designers. Full details available at 905-468-1950 or 905-351-3807. Tickets $20.00.
A guided stroll winding through the historical town, accompanied by local choirs and seasonal entertainment. Call 905-468-1950 for more information.
Christmas at McFarland House
The Garden Club of Niagara presents ... Christmas at McFarland House. Saturday, December 3, Sunday December 4 and Wednesday, December 7 through Sunday, December 11, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Garden Club of Niagara has magically transformed McFarland House into a holiday home from years past. Admission includes McFarlands special menu offering and a self-guided tour of the beautifully decorated home. Enjoy a reprieve from the hurried holiday season. For more information call 905-468-3322.
The Evergreen Singers are proud to present ... Amahl and the Night Visitors
December 8 - 18
This beautiful Christmas opera, presented by a professional cast in historic Grace United Church, transformed into a theatre space, will be a wonderful addition to the Christmas season here in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Ten performances will be held from December 8th through 18th, 2005. Amahl and the Night Visitors tells the delightful story of Amahl a crippled shepherd boy, living in a poor home with his widowed mother, they are visited by the Magi, following the star on their way to Bethlehem to worship the Christ child. It is a beautiful, touching story, written by Gian-Carlo Menotti, told with music by a small cast and simple ensemble accompaniment.
Phone: (905) 468-8286
Annual Santa Claus Parade
The Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake presents one of Ontario’s best Santa Claus Parades, starting at 11am. Call for details 905-468-4261.
Stay Niagara-on-the-Lake Bed and Breakfast Association
Photos courtesy of Steve Locke and Susan Nyitrai
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