Explore Niagara-on-the-Lake and the Niagara Region

Niagara-on-the-Lake was voted the “loveliest town in Canada” last year and we absolutely agree!

The historic & botanical beauty of Old Town, the picturesque views along the Niagara River and Lake Ontario, our many area parks, the famous Shaw Festival Theatres and our friendly residents make this a definite highlight in southern Ontario.

When you stay at The White House – NOTL, you are within mere minutes of several award-winning wineries, Upstate New York and less than 15 minutes from Niagara Falls.

Fun Facts about Historical Niagara-on-the-Lake:

  • Was originally known as Butlersburg, named after Colonel John Butler, and in 1781 the town got its official status and became known as Newark. Its third name change came in 1798 when it was called Niagara and was named as the first capital of Upper Canada. The town was once again renamed in the 1880s, this time to what it remains today: Niagara-on-the-Lake.
  • Was home to many “firsts” in Ontario: the first newspaper, first lending library, first historical museum and first provincial parliament.
  • Served as a stop on the Underground Railroad.
  • Is home to the “Laura Secord” homestead.
  • Had its historic district designated as a National Historic Site of Canada in 2003.
  • Is apparently the “most haunted town” in Canada.   Special tours are available to tell you all about it.
  • Is home to McFarland House: is the oldest surviving building in Niagara-on-the-Lake, which was used as a hospital and Officers’ Quarters during the War of 1812.
  • Is home to many historic churches with great architecture.

And so much more !!!

Links to help you experience & explore Niagara-on-the-Lake:





Guided Tours


Historic Attractions




NOTL Parks


Niagara-on-the-Lake General Info