Niagara-on-the-Lake: a Town of History

Niagara-on-the-Lake is a destination for those who want to live in a community full of art, culture and history. The attractions in the area, from the Shaw Festival to its unparalleled shopping and fine dining districts, are outstanding.

Many people are attracted to the region not only for its lifestyle, but for the wealth of historic buildings and sense of tradition that is attached to the area.


In the late 18th century, the land upon which the town now sits was purchased from the native Mississaugas. Within a year, sixteen families had cleared over 230 acres of land and established a colony. Within a decade, this was the site of the first true town in the area.

The town was named Newark and became the capital of the Upper Canada colony, featuring 70 residents and families. In 1798, the town was officially named “Niagara.”

War of 1812

During the War of 1812, the town was an important battleground. American soldiers took the town following a two-day fight, and burned it to the ground when they were driven back. The town was rebuilt and gradually grew to be the town we know today. It was informally given its current name in 1880, to help distinguish it from the falls, but the name was not officially adopted until 1970.

A Sense of History

Many of the old sites still stand as restored attractions for visitors. It is also very appealing to locals who appreciate a sense of history and tradition. Some of these sites include:

  • Fort George
  • Navy Hall
  • Butler’s Barracks
  • Shaw Theater
  • Fort Mississauga

The town is full of informative plaques that pay tribute to its importance in Canada’s history. Residents can easily while away long hours exploring different locales, including the first ever library, newspaper and parliament for the province.

A Modern Historic Town

Over two centuries after those formative days, the town still stands. It has become a destination site for those looking to buy real estate in a small town region with a true sense of historical importance.

Added to the plaques and restored sites are an unparalleled dining and shopping district, arts festivals and cultural celebrations as well as world-famous wineries.

The town is a unique combination of history and modern living, offering a quiet and peaceful way of life. Niagara-on-the-Lake Realty is pleased to represent property buyers and sellers in the region. If you are looking to purchase a home in a truly unique area, get in touch with us today.