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Niagara on the Lake Heritage and Design Tour

Heritage Properties in Niagara on the Lake: Top left: Charles Inn: Top right: Pillar and Post Inn;
Bottom left: Riverbend Inn; Bottom right: Oban Inn.


General Information

         Welcome to “Niagara on the Lake 1800’s Heritage and Design Tour” – a self guided tour exploring buildings and accommodations built in the 1800’s in the town of Niagara on the Lake.  These accommodations have beautiful architecture, represent local heritage and have contributed to the growth of Canada. The audio tour will introduce you to the history of these accommodations and the significant contributions they have provided and continue to provide to the Niagara on the Lake community.


Starting Location: Pillar and Post, 48 John Street W, Niagara on the Lake, Ontario, Canada


Directions from Toronto: 

Head south on Yonge St toward Roy's Square 3.0km

Turn right at Lake Shore Blvd W 0.4km

Slight right toward Gardiner Expy 88m

Take the ramp onto Gardiner Expy 7.8km

Continue onto QEW 98.2km

Take exit 47 for Ontario St toward County Rd-42 0.4km

Turn left at Ontario St (signs for County Rd-42/Ontario St) 2.0km

Continue onto Lakeshore Rd 9.2km

Continue onto Grant - Niagara Townline Rd 0.6km

Slight right at Lakeshore Rd 6.4km

Continue onto Mary St. 1.1km

Turn right at Regent St. 0.2km

Take the 1st left onto John St W 24km

Destination will be on the right


Directions from Niagara Falls: 

Head north on Victoria Ave toward Valley Way 1.6 km

Turn left at Niagara Pkwy 6.3 km

At the roundabout, take the 1st exit and stay on Niagara Pkwy 8.0 km

Continue onto Niagara River Blvd 2.6 km

Turn left at John St E 1.6 km

Destination will be on the left

Directions retrieved from www.mapquest.com on November 6, 2009

Culture and history


Many of the well-preserved and substantial heritage buildings constructed after the war of 1812 can be credited for the bucolic ambience of picturesque Niagara on the Lake. There are strict guidelines for building, development and design in the town. For example,  houses can only be painted approved Queen-Picton Heritage Conservation District Colours.  The community’s commitment to heritage presents to tourists the strong values that the Niagara on the Lake community holds and wishes to share. 


Surrounding Environments

Niagara Greenbelt

Niagara Escarpment

Lake Ontario

Niaraga River

Niagara Falls

Welland Canal

Surrounding Recreation and Attractions

Golf, walking, and cycling, as well as the cultural sophistication of the famous Shaw Festival Theatre and the region’s many notable wineries.

Further Information

For more information on heritage sites, picnic areas, parks, tours, accommodations, restaurants and things to do, visit the Niagara Green Belt Website at





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