One of the many great reasons to come to Niagara-on-the-Lake, either to live or visit is the shopping. If you wanted to purchase a piece of art, jewelry, antiques, tourist souvenirs, clothing items, etc, then the town of Niagara-on-the-Lake has a full range of stores on offer and it is always fun to walk up and down historic Queen Street, looking at the beautiful flowers and heritage buildings that line the street.
Of course, during the summer months, you will be sharing the sidewalk with the many tourists who visit our town each year. It is fun to listen to them talking about how much they are loving their visit to NOTL.
When you are tired of store hopping and need a break, there are the many restaurants, pubs, bars, cafes and ice cream stores to help you regain the energy to carry on with your shopping. The town also has several craft breweries that are very refreshing after a hard day of purchasing items to take home.
Although the facilities for shopping in the Town have been great for many years, NOTL received a huge boost in 2014 with the opening of the Outlet Collection. This newly built shopping outlet mall of around 150 high end stores opened its doors to huge crowds and it has been busy ever since.
Located on the edge of town, beside the QEW, this fantastic addition to the community has been a huge success. Busloads of tourists visit the mall every year from all over. Whether you want to have a meal or just grab a coffee and pastry from one of the many vendors in the stand-alone food court, there is something for everyone.
The choice ranges from juicy burgers and fries, pizza, Chinese food, fresh made sandwiches and baked goods, and many other options including wine tasting! There is no point in visiting ‘wine country’ if you cannot get wine while planning your shopping, right?
Once you are ready to tackle the shops, there is a huge choice! Whether it is a pair of shoes, sportswear, a new suit, a dress for a special occasion, herbal teas, kitchen products, discounted designer goods, health products, jewelry, or just a pair of jeans and a t shirt, there will be something there for you.
Perhaps, for me, the ultimate store at the Outlet Collection is the Bass Pro store! This huge cathedral to ‘all things outdoors’ is a fantastic store. Personally, I don’t hunt or fish or camp in a tent but this store is so impressive, you feel the need to start taking up more outdoor activities. There are things in this store I never knew existed.
Whether you need a fishing boat, meat smoker, arctic winter jacket or a turkey boiler, this is THE place! Maybe I will buy some jerky in case I get stranded between house showings…
If you’re interested in knowing more about Niagara-on-the-Lake, or NOTL realty, don’t hesitate to contact me!