Walking around the town is always enjoyable at any time of the year but for me, the summer is still my favorite. With all the flowers on display and trees in full leaf, the town is ‘alive’ with tourists and locals shopping, sight-seeing, riding in horse drawn carriages and just enjoying the atmosphere.
After walking the length of Queen Street to the intersection with King Street, it is a short walk along the edge of Simcoe Park down to the shores of Lake Ontario. From the famous bandstand on the edge of Queens Royal Park, there are great views toward Fort Niagara across the river in the USA and views to Toronto.
The Niagara River and Lake Ontario are busy with pleasure boats coming and going. The park is usually busy at this time of year with people enjoying the view and having picnics in the park.
From here, you can turn right and walk through a residential area towards the Niagara Jet Boat dock and onto the NOTL Yacht Club. Walk a little further and you can visit the Niagara Pumphouse Art Centre. From here there is another great view of the river.
Carry on along Ricardo Street by the historic Navy Hall and onto Fort George. From this point, you have the option of continuing for miles along the bank of the Niagara River on the word famous Niagara River Parkway (I will write about this in a separate page) or crossing the field by Fort George and on towards the Shaw Festival Theatre or retracing your steps back to Queens Royal Park.
From the Park, I enjoy walking along Front Street towards the NOTL Golf Club, enjoying the lake views along the way and passing the many beautiful homes in this exclusive section of Old Town NOTL, then past the wonderful Charles Inn.
Turning right and heading along the north end of Queen Street, it is possible to walk the length of the golf course all the way to Niagara Boulevard, passing some magnificent, multi-million dollar homes along the way.
This end of town is generally pretty quiet and it is easy to walk up and down the many residential streets here without being disturbed. The occasional jogger or dog walker is just about all you will meet.
Heading back towards the centre of town, maybe enjoy a well-deserved coffee at Starbucks or Balzacs or one of the many restaurants and cafes. There is also a Tim Hortons of course. This is Canada after all!
Working as a Realtor in Niagara-on-the-Lake, I know pretty much everything that is to know about this town – and I would love to talk more about it! If you have any inquiries about real estate, or just wants to know more about this beautiful place, you can contact me.