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!

Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake License #006-2020

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

                                          EXPLORER HOUSE HAS BEEN AWARDED
TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Badge
Explorer House has been awarded the 2022 Travelers’ Choice Award. Every year, Tripadvisor recognizes businesses that have demonstrated a commitment to hospitality excellence with a Travelers’ Choice Award. The award celebrates businesses that have received great traveler reviews from travelers around the globe on Tripadvisor over the last 12 months. Explorer House has consistently achieved the Traveler’s Choice Award since opening in 2014.
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! 



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 travel now!

Attention Ontarians – The Ontario Staycation Tax Credit is now officially in effect. When it’s time to file your personal income tax return for 2022, as an Ontario resident you can claim 20 per cent of eligible 2022 accommodation expenses — up to $1,000 as an individual, or $2,000 as a family, for a rebate of up to $200 or $400, respectively. Eligible expenses include leisure stays in Ontario.
Update on Border Restrictions – as of Oct. 1, 2022 the federal government will be dropping all pandemic-related border restrictions for anyone entering the country. This includes the elimination of pre- or on-arrival testing/CanArrive App and mandatory vaccinations.

NOTL Update:

Winery Tours & Tastings! Please note most wineries are requiring reservations so we recommend booking in advance. 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. Interested in learning more about wine in Niagara? Check out Rick VanSickle’s “Wines in Niagara” website. 

Oast House Brewers offers Friday Night Pints with live Music, every Friday night at 7pm. Enjoy some live music, your favorite pint of Oast & if hungry, some great Texas BBQ.

Shaw Festival 2022 line up includes: 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! Note the two Christmas plays start Nov. 9 and run until Dec. 23, 2022. Shaw as also announced it 2023 season which will run Feb. 28 – Dec. 23, 2023.

Whirlpool Jet Boats are back! Don’t forget to ask for the discount coupon if you want to book this tour. It’s lots of fun!

The Saturday Morning Farmers’ Market is set to open for the 16th straight season on May 28th, and will run until Oct. 8, 2022 with some of NOTL’s favourite vendors in attendance. The market is a short 15 min. walk from our place!

Niagara Parks attractions are now open again. Their online Information Centre is there to help you plan your visit. Whitewater Walk, Aerocar, Butterfly Conservatory, etc. are all open. The Niagara Falls Adventure Pass allows you to save on the most popular attractions.

At the Niagara Parks Power Station guests will experience a multi-sensory daytime experience and the once dormant station come to life through an immersive sight & sound show in the evenings! This immersive experience features incredible 3D projection, interactive moments of wonder, and a breathtaking musical score in the heart of the power station.

The First Ontario Performing Arts Center in St. Catharines has a number of concerts this fall. Tom Cochrane with Red Rider – Sept. 29, 2022 and Johnny Reid – Oct. 13, 2022.
Concert series by noisemaker at RAVINE VINEYARD has just been annouced! They have teamed up with Noisemaker to bring you the Concerts at the Vineyard series starting Oct. 19, 2022 and running to Feb. 15, 2023. Join them at the Ravine Event Centre for an intimate concert experience with panoramic vineyard views. 
Halloween 2022 Ghost Tours return to Fort George on Oct. 7-9, 21-23 and 28-31, 2022. Halloween Tours start at 8pm, 8:30pm and 9pm and they must be purchased in advance.
NOTL Historical Museum returns with their Theatrical Cemetery Tours! Join them at St. Mark’s Church Graveyard where costumed volunteers will tell you the stories of those who are buried under the historic stones. Tours run October 20-22, 2022 at 6:30pm and 7:30pm each night. Purchase your tickets in advance by calling 905-468-3912. Space is limited!

Celebrate the Season’s bountry on Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays in November, 2022. Taste of the Season returns to NOTL Wineries in Novemeber and tickets go on sale October 1, 2022.

Winter Festival Lights returns on Nov. 12, 2022 and runs until Feb. 20, 2023. 40 years of winter tradition, make it your annual winter tradition.

It’s never to early to start thinking about the holiday season in NOTL! So mark your calendars for the Rotary Holiday House TourDec. 2 & 3, 2022. Watch the video of 2021’s Tour.
Also on Dec. 2, 2022 is the Candle Light Stroll taking place from 6:30-10pm. The stroll begins which is led by 2 horse drawn carriages. People will follow behind the carriages and can stop along the route to listen to several different choirs/bands. A beautiful way to start the holiday season!
Also find us and the latest happenings at Explorer House, along with tips on what to do while visiting us on our Facebook page