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.

Jackson Triggs is hosting Lawn Concert Series this summer! With live music, wine & food! Every Friday, Saturday, Sunday & holiday Monday from 1-4pm. No charge for entry, seating on a first come first served basis.

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.

Would you like to join a guided tour of Niagara-on-the-Lake? Niagara Historical Museum offers weekend walking tours until Aug. 29/21, on Saturdays and Sundays at 11 am starting in the Queen’s Royal Park at the Gazebo. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the time of the tour. Tour size is limited to 6 people for social distancing. More information can be obtained at the NOTL Historical Museum which is open Thursdays to Mondays 10am-5pm.

Shaw Festival performances return this year running until end of 2021. Plays this year include: The Devil’s Disciple, Sherlock Holmes and The Raven’s Curse, Desire Under the Elms, Trouble in Mind, Charley’s Aunt, Flush, Holiday Inn and A Christmas Carol. Shaw has added more seats so tickets are available! Additionally, Shaw announced Outdoors @ The Shaw, a series of concerts and events scheduled to take place from July 10 to October 9, 2021 on the grounds of the Festival Theatre and Royal George Theatre in Niagara-on-the-Lake. 

Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours opens again as of July 2, 2021.Get soaked or stay dry…both options are available!

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 opens this summer on July 30, 2021! Guests will experience a multi-sensory daytime experience, then 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.

The Shaw Guild Garden Tour will now take place on Sept. 11, 2021. Tickets go on sale May 21…start dreaming about all the beautiful gardens in NOTL!

IT’S BACK! This fall Sept. 16-18 & 25-26, 2001, @NiagaraWineFest is kicking things back into gear with a new outdoor concert series and two weekends of Discovery Pass touring at 20 of your favourite Niagara wineries!

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!

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.

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