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:

The Ice Wine Festival returns to Niagara on 3 weekends from Jan. 12-28, 2018. The 23rd annual festival will offer lots to do, including the Ice Wine Gala, outdoor street festival and food & wine pairings at more than 35 wineries. As part of the festival the Sparkle & Ice Gala in NOTL takes place on Jan. 19, 2018. This event is always a highlight with food & wine and live entertainment. It ends with a fireworks display and icewine toast making this an evening to remember. Here are more details specific to NOTL including the Sparkle & Ice Gala, Icewine Cocktail Competition (Jan. 20, 2018) and the White on Ice Dinner (Jan. 26, 2018). 

The Discovery Pass Program is your key to three weekends of wine and culinary adventures at wineries across Niagara, January 12–28, 2018. There is no finer way to experience the bounty of winter wine country, than travelling along the Niagara wine route. Discovery Passes are sold at $45 plus HST each and contain eight experience vouchers valued at $10 each, redeemable at participating wineries.

Niagara’s Twenty Valley annual Winter WineFest on Jan. 12-14, 2018 brings together Niagara’s top winemakers, chefs and premium VQA wines. The event offers great food, premium wines, sparkling and icewine served outdoors on the streets of pretty little Jordan Village. Cozy fire pits and warming stations help you keep toasty! 

Ice Breakers Comedy Festival takes place Jan. 24-27, 2018 with 4 nights, 4 venues, 5 shows and 23 comics. The annual Icebreakers Comedy Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake is Niagara’s best live comedy festival in the region! 

Visiting us this winter, consider joining in on the Winter Wonderland Food Tour. The tour runs Friday, Saturdays & Sundays 1:00pm – 3:30pm during Jan. 6 to March 30, 2018. It is a perfect blend of history, culture and of course culinary delights. 

Shaw Festival offers a Film Series through out January & February, 2018 on Saturday afternoons at 1:30pm. These weekly screenings are of critically acclaimed films and documentaries. 

Weekends in February, celebrate the beauty of winter and romance in Historic Niagara-on-the-Lake as you explore pairings of two of your favourite indulgences – wine and chocolate. Come celebrate the Days of Wine & Chocolate

February 2-4, March 23-25, & April 6-8, 2018: Set your taste buds free at a unique Niagara-on-the-Lake food and wine event. This Progressive Dinner is an opportunity that showcases the area’s top culinary talents paired with some of the best wines and hospitality the region has to offer.

Enjoy Skating at Fort George, skate rentals and snacks are available, starting in December and lasting as long as the weather cooperates.

The 2018 season of the Shaw Festival is now on sale. There are early booking prices until Jan. 31, 2018. The 2018 shows include The Magician’s Nephew, Grand Hotel, The Hound of Baskervilles, Henry V and many more! 

13th Annual Shaw Guild Garden Tour will take place June 9, 2018 from 10am-4pm. This year’s garden tour has been expanded to include beautiful gardens in the nearby village of Queenston in addition to stunning gardens in Old Town NOTL.

One of the ultimate outdoor social events of the summer combining culinary, friendship and wine admist the backdrop of beautiful Queenston Heights and the Brock Monument is the White Effect Dinner. This year it takes place on June 14, 2018.

The Niagara Homegrown Wine Festival is the perfect time to celebrate the start of summer. From June 16-24, 2018 award-winning winemakers are eager to showcase their best as Niagara opens its cellar doors to share this homegrown experience with you.
Don’t miss the Cherry Festival on July 7, 2018. Come for the freshly baked cherry pies and stay for the fun at this family friendly event.
Come celebrate a day of everything lavender from 10am-6pm on July 7 & 8, 2018. The Niagara Lavender Festival offers a tasting tent full of culinary delights like lavender icecream, lavender pizza, lavender lemonade and these are just a few of the items to be offered for the day.
28th Annual Peach Festival takes place August 11, 2018 from 10am-5pm. The festival will feature lots of tasty, “Peachy” delights from local bakeries and restaurants and (of course!) local growers selling their delicious fresh peaches.
The Niagara Grape & Wine Festival from Sept. 15-30, 2018 offers over 100 events including cellar door experiences, concerts, fresh local food, street parades and more.
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. 
Also find us and the latest happenings at Explorer House, along with tips on what to do while visiting us on our Facebook page