A Traveler’s Reprieve in Niagara-on-the-Lake

…helping you explore & experience Niagara!

If your heart beats faster each time you pack your bag to discover new and exciting sights, then Explorer House is your ideal lodging choice! This modern home-turned boutique bed and breakfast was built with guests’ needs in mind, and reflects the owners’ love of global travel. Inside you’ll find luxuriously comfortable accommodations for your explorations of the Niagara Region.

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Each of our beautiful guest suites is uniquely decorated with a global décor. All are lavishly appointed and include luxurious amenities, use of common areas and a delicious breakfast each morning.

Experience Niagara from our wooded neighborhood location on a quiet cul-de-sac near parklands, just a 15-minute walk from town. Explore the Old Town area with its 19th-century charm; take a carriage ride through the beautiful streets of town or marvel at our town’s beauty by foot as you duck into the specialty shops, galleries, pubs and restaurants throughout town. Nearby visit the oldest golf course in North America, historic sites, biking/walking trails, wineries and the famous Shaw Festival Theatre; all can be reached via a short car or bike ride.

There is so much to explore and experience in the Niagara Region. Let Explorer House host your southern Ontario travels!

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page” – Saint Augustine of Hippo.

If for some reason you’re delaying on acting on your wanderlust, remember that travel can be one of the most life-changing experiences…. not all of us can travel the whole globe, but just making travel a priority—even to a new place a day’s drive away—can be eye-opening.Mark Twain

Upcoming Explorations:

Keep checking in here to see the latest in happenings in Niagara-on-the-Lake…There is always lots to do in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

And if you feel like just relaxing you can enjoy our lovely guest sitting area with Adirondack/Muskoka chairs & firepit table, or the gazebo and/or the hot tub…all available for our guests. So don’t forget to bring along your swimsuit!. Come explore with Explorer House! Book your summer travels now!

Next Up:

Niagara Folk Arts Festival takes place May 6-29, 2016…with lots of great activities planned!

Peller 2016 Food Truck Eats takes place May 21-23, 2016. Kick off your summer at the ultimate backyard bash at Peller Estates this May long-weekend. This year’s event takes place over 3 days with delicious food, award-winning wine and entertainment.

The 50th anniversary of the Virgil Stampede takes place on Victoria Day weekend, May 21-23. Come celebrates with rides, games, fun events and great food!

A very interesting and fun event is being held on June 3rd. ”Down the Rabbit Hole” is an Alice in Wonderland themed party which will be held at the Niagara Historical Society and Museum, with live music by Emma Lee Fleury, croquet and lawn games, Cash Bar, and food by The Smokin’ Buddha. Of course, costumes are encouraged!

Shaw Guild Garden Tour takes place on June 4, 2016 from 10am-4pm.Come enjoy the beauty of Niagara-on-the-Lake!

Niagara Integrated Film Festival takes place June 10-19, 2016. The festival partners with Niagara’s wineries to screen the world’s best independent films under the summer sky in the region’s vineyards.

Tide and Vine’s, Oyster Fest Niagara, will kick off the summer season with a splash on June 12 from 2-9pm. Showcasing some of Niagara’s favourite wine, beer, spirit and food purveyors along with Niagara’s own LMT connection and other musical guests.

Strawberry Festival takes place June 18 at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church from 9am-3pm.

The 2016 TD Tailgate Party takes place amongst the vines in the Niagara-on-the-Lake on Saturday June 18, 2016 from 6-10pm. Join Niagara’s celebrated wineries alongside local chefs for a fun evening. This event is part of the Niagara New Vintage Festival which takes place June 11/12 and June 18/19.

Trius Winery presents Movie Night in the Vineyard on Friday nights in June. June 3 – Spectre, June 10 – Star Wars: The Force Awakens, June 17 – The Martian & June 24- Pretty in Pink. Gates open at 8:30pm and movie starts at 9:30pm.

Don’t miss Canada Day celebrations on July 1 in Niagara-on-the-Lake! The town, Fort George and many of the wineries have many special events planned for the day.A juried show of over 80 artists and artisans, Artistry by the Lake, takes place on July 1-3rd. The show takes place in scenic Queen’s Royal Park overlooking the mouth of the Niagara River and Lake Ontario.

Fort George Celtic Festival on July 9, 2016. Fort George comes alive with the sounds of pipes and drums at the 3rd annual Celtic Festival.

Weekend Packages and Signature Event Tickets are available for the 6th Annual International Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration. This year, Chardonnay will share the spotlight with some other cool characters…Cool Climate Pinot Noir, Gamay and Cabernet Franc will be featured at various events throughout the weekend of July 22-24.

TD Jazz Festival takes place in NOTL on July 29-31, 2016. Events include:          ‘Jazz in the City’ – Jul 29, 8-11pm 
‘Mill St. Market After Party’ – Jul 29, 9:30pm-1:30am
‘Jazz in the Park’ – Jul 30, 11am-7pm    
‘Jazz in the Vineyard’ – Jul 30, 8-11pm  
‘Jazz on the River’ – Jul 31,11am
‘Afternoon Jazz @ Stratus’ – Jul 31, 2-6pm   
‘Final Toast at Oast’ – Jul 31, 6-11pm

Lobsterfest 2016 takes place at Caroline Cellars Winery with fresh east coast lobster, wine & live music on Aug. 20, 2016.

A great line-up awaits for this 2016 concert season at Jackson Triggs! Tickets are now on saleWe are just a 10 minute walk to the venue! The concerts are as follows:

Sam Roberts Band: June 9, 10 and 11
Steven Page: June 17
Whitehorse: June 18
Jim Cuddy: July 2 and 3
Colin James: July 8
Chantal Kreviazuk and Raine Maida (Moon vs Sun): July 9
54•40: July 15
Rootstock (includes Moe Berg of The Pursuit of Happiness, Chris Murphy of Sloan, Craig Northey of Odds, and Steven Page): July 16
Stars: Aug. 12
Dan Mangan: Aug. 13
Bruce Cockburn: Aug. 19
Royal Wood with Emilie-Claire Barkow & the Niagara Symphony Orchestra: Aug. 20
The Trews (acoustic show): Sept. 2
Bahamas on Sept. 3
Arkells, Sept. 9

Polo returns to Niagara-on-the-Lake on Sept. 10 with Polo Niagara. Starting at noon, you can hear the sound of horses’ hooves pounding the field at Butler’s Barracks. Put on as a fundraiser for the Friends of Fort George, Polo Niagara will include polo matches, a traditional divot stomp (with champagne), vendors, food and drink, musical entertainment and more.

Shaw Festival is back this summer with some great plays! It’s never to early to order tickets!

Guided Historical Walking tours, offered by the Niagara Historical Museum, take place every Saturday & Sunday at 11 am beginning at the gazebo in Queen’s Royal Park.  Tickets are $10 and include Museum admission.

Into Gardening? After a lovely breakfast at Explorer House why not take in a garden seminar at Mori Gardens. They offer seminars every Saturday morning starting at 10am.

The Watering Can is also offering creative floral workshops at various wineries this summer. Known as the “Vineyard Collection” these workshops are hosted by  Niagara wineries. This fun concept pairs creating a beautiful floral design while enjoying some food & wine of the particular winery.

Perhaps a cooking class is more your style. Wine Country (at Strewn Winery) offer Saturday cooking classes from 10am-3pm. They also offer a number of other food & wine classes.

Starting May 22 live music returns to Ravine every Thursday and Sunday this summer, come enjoy acts from all over Ontario.

Also find us and the latest happenings at Explorer House, along with tips on what to do while visiting us on our Facebook page