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Bank of Upper Canada (Old Bank House) Inn


Caption Top Image: Main Entrance, Caption Bottom Left Image: The Rose Suite, Caption Bottom Mid Image: The River Suite, Caption Bottom Right Image: The Garden Suite (Source: The Old Bank House Official Website, http://www.oldbankhouse.com/)

General Information

This warm welcoming Georgian-style inn was once the Bank of Upper Canada, which was built in 1817.  The financial branch became of great importance in the Niagara-on-the-lake area after the War of 1812.  It has been noted that the Old Bank House Inn was one of the first commercial historic country inns, which has now been operating for over 100 years. 


Now accommodating 9 luxurious suites, the Old Bank House Inn provides a cozy home away from home environment.  Each suite is unique, luxurious, and offers scenic views of Lake Ontario and/or the Niagara River.  


Nestled in the heart of the historical town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, the Bank of Upper Canada Inn is situated in perfect walking distance to the main downtown area.  It is also right across the street from Queen’s Royal Park and Simcoe Park, which provide lovely walks and scenic views


Hours of Operation

Open Year-Round



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From Toronto:

QEW exit 38B, (Hwy. 55 exit), Niagara-on-the-Lake 


Left (north) on Glendale Avenue and drive over the QEW overpass


Left (west) on York Road at lights and service centre with washrooms


Right (north) on Niagara Stone Road/Regional Road 55


Right (east) on Queen Street


Left (north) on King Street


Left on Front Street, where The Old Bank House is located at # 10


From Niagara Falls:

River Road/Niagara River Parkway north towards Niagara-on-the-Lake


Left (west) on John Street East (Kurtz Orchards will be on corner)


Right (north) on King Street


Right on Front Street, the Old Bank House is located at #10




This historical landmark is of great heritage importance for the Niagara region, due to its architectural design and historical details.  The Old Bank House played an important role for the citizens of Niagara-on-the-Lake back in the 19th century.  It was built in 1817 by Thomas Racey, and made specifically to operate as a financial institution. 

According to Peter Strokes, the restoration architect, the two-story Georgian-style inn still has the remains of the vault within the basement of the house. 


The Old Bank House has accommodated many individuals, as well as had many individual owners.  The Old Bank House is said to have hosted the Prince and Princess of Wales in 1902, as well as HRH Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine Karadiordievic of Yugoslavia in 2005.  Notable owners of the property include, Samuel Street (merchant), Thomas McCormick (manager, Bank of Canada), Lewis Shickluna (shipbuilder), Henry Garrett and J Geale Dickson.


Adjacent Land Uses

 As previously mentioned, the Old Bank House is walking distance to the downtown core of Niagara-on-the-Lake, where there are specialty boutiques, theaters, art galleries and much more.  Scenic walks and cycling trails can also be partaken in the Queen’s Royal Park, the Simcoe Park as well as along the Niagara River.  Guests are encouraged to explore all attractions that the historical town of Niagara-on-the-Lake has to offer.

Further Information

The Old Bank House Official Website


Niagara-on-the-Lake Chamber of Commerce Website


This web page was edited by Deanna Welsh in December 2009. TripClip narration by Deanna Welsh.  I would like to thank Dave Brown and Carla Carlson for their help in the creation of this page.


Ownership & Management

Private boutique inn


The Old Bank House has one main facility and that is its accommodation. With 9 elegant suites, which include all modern day amenities, such as Internet, television and cable, guests will feel an indescribable comfort. The Old Bank House does offer a menu seasonally when their chef is available.

Admission Fee

Room rates range from $99-$159 between April-mid May, $99-$189 between mid May-mid June & mid October-late November, $174-$235 between mid June-mid October


The Old Bank House
10 Front Street
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
L0S 1J0


(905) 468-7136

GPS Co-ordinates

Latitude 43.25677513100
Longitude -79.06909230670
UTM easting 656730
UTM northing 4791140


Leah D. Wallace
Heritage Planner
Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake
1593 Four Mile Creek Road
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
L0S 1T0
Tel (905) 468-7136
Toll free 1-877-468-7136
Email lwallace@notl.org
Website http://www.oldbankhouse.com

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