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 peaceful and beautifully landscaped location on a quiet cul-de-sac near parklands, just a 15-minute walk from Queen Street. 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 Theatre Festival; all can be reached via a short walk, bike or car ride. Then return to a quite oasis in our beautiful backyard, which includes a fire-pit-table sitting area, gazebo and hot-tub.

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

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

                                            EXPLORER HOUSE HAS BEEN AWARDED
                                 THE 2021 TRAVELERS’ CHOICE BEST OF THE BEST 
TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice Best of the Best
Explorer House has been awarded the 2021 Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best, this is Tripadvisor’s highest honor, recognizing the Top 25 Best Inns / B&Bs in Canada. Explorer House has had the honour of this award for 3 years now. 
Explorer House was also awarded the TripAdvisor 2019 Hall of Fame Award which recognizes the achievement of receiving a Certificate of Excellence 5 years in a row, and celebrates businesses that have consistently earned great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor over the past 5 years.
Thank you to all of our guests who have taken the time to write wonderful reviews, we couldn’t have done it with out you! 

For COVID-19 updates please see “Policies” – As part of our preparation for your stay we have modified some of our policies to take into account the changing times due to COVID-19. All other policies remain in effect if not specifically modified. 

Upcoming Explorations:

Keep checking in here to see the latest in happenings 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 travel now!

NOTL Update:

Normally there is a full list of activities going on, no matter what time of year! Unfortunately due to Covid-19 many events & activities have been cancelled and or modified. As things gradually re-open we will post news of events here. Please check back regularly for updates. Looking for things to do in Niagara? Please see links under “Explore Niagara” tab on this website. 

Wineries are open for tastings with social distancing and new safety precautions. Almost all wineries are requiring reservations but they are offering new and creative ways to have a fun visit to their winery while staying safe. Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake provides a listing of many wineries but you will also find a list of many others on the “Explore Niagara” tab of this website. Also here is a handy list of many wineries and their current offerings.

Ghost Tours are back at Fort George. Starting June 27, 2021 and continuing for the summer, experience Fort George after dark! Join them for a candlelit tour, where you will hear a score of ghostly accounts while being introduced to the fascinating history of haunted Fort George and Niagara-on-the-Lake. The tours typically run for 1.5 hours. Fort George Halloween Ghost Tours return this October, join them for their special Halloween Tours of Fort George! It’s the perfect time of year for a good ghost story!

Shaw Festival performances returned this year with plays running until end of 2021. Plays this fall and winter include: Desire Under the Elms, Holiday Inn and A Christmas Carol. Shaw Festival just announced their 2022 line up. Plays include: The Importance of being Ernest, Cyrano De Bergerac, Too True To Be Good, Damn Yankees, The Doctor’s Dilemma, White Christmas, Christmas Carol and much, much more!

Many of Niagara Parks attractions are now open again. Their online COVID-19 Information Centre is there to help you plan your visit. Whitewater Walk, Aerocar, Butterfly Conservatory, etc. are all open.

The Niagara Parks Power Station officially opened this summer! Guests will experience a multi-sensory daytime experience, then as of Sept 3, 2022 watch the dormant station come to life through an immersive sight & sound show! This immersive experience features incredible 3D projection, interactive moments of wonder, and a breathtaking musical score in the heart of the power station.

Taste The Season runs every weekend (Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays) in November. Enjoy Holiday-Inspired Food and Wine Experiences from Over Twenty Wineries in Niagara. Guests can purchase a one day pass ($75 plus tax and service fees) for a Friday, Saturday or Sunday in November. This provides access to reserve 4 winery tastings on the selected day. Individual winery tasting experiences must be booked in advance at set times of 11:00am, 1:30pm, 2:30pm and 3:30pm each day based on availability. 

We are pleased to share that NOTL Rotary will bring back it’s Holiday House Tour on Dec. 3 & 4, 2021! You can watch their 2019 Promo Video here. Tickets are now available along with more details on the houses here. Don’t miss out as tickets are limited due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Canadian talent is on tap at Ravine Vineyard’s indoor concert series. Set to kick off Dec. 8, 2021 with a Christmas show featuring folk-rockers Skydiggers, the series will feature six different Canadian musical acts in monthly shows. The concerts will take place inside Ravine’s new event centre on Wednesday evenings. Terra Lightfoot will perform on Jan. 12, 2022 followed by Ron Sexsmith on Feb. 9, 2022 folk duo Whitehorse on March 9, 2022 Basia Bulat on April 13, 2022 and Joel Plaskett on May 11, 2022. All shows start at 7 p.m. and tickets cost $45 each. Seasons passes are available, including admittance to all six concerts, at a cost of $270.

It’s never to soon to start planning for Valentines Day! It’s always a busy weekend/ day (Feb. 11-14, 2022) here in NOTL. So don’t leave it to the last minute to make reservations with us and with your preferred restaurant in NOTL.

The Canada Games comes to NOTL on Aug. 6-21, 2022. Held every two years, alternating between summer and winter, are the largest multi-sport event in the country and represent the pinnacle of interprovincial/territorial sport competition. Tickets are now on sale!

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