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!

“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

2019 Trip Advisor Hall of Fame Badge 
Explorer House has been awarded the TripAdvisor 2019 Hall of Fame Award. This award 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! 
Explorer House now offers an Explorer House Cooking Class. Spend approximately 3 hours learning how to make an Explorer House inspired 4 course dinner for two (4 menus to choose from). Have fun creating, and then enjoy the meal! Typical run time is 3-7pm, please inquire if interested.
Also new this year is an Explorer House Photography Tour, let us show you some of our favourite spots to photograph Niagara! This is a hands on experience where you can create some great photos. Run time is approximately 3 1/2 hours, timing is dependent on availability. Please contact us for details and availability.
Upcoming Explorations:
Keep checking in here to see the latest 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 & fire-pit 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!

Next Up:

Shaw has announced it’s 2020 line up of plays but due to Covid 19, plays for 2020 normally starting on Apr. 2, 2020 have been delayed to May 1, 2020. We will keep you posted as we learn of any new details. Plays include: Gypsy, The Devil’s Disciple, Sherlock Holmes and The Raven’s Curse, Mahabharata, Charley’s Aunt, Prince Caspian, Flush, Assassins, The Playboy of the Western World, Desire Under the Elms and Trouble in Mind. It’s never to early to start thinking about your next visit to Niagara-on-the-Lake! Also for the holiday season in 2020, Shaw is offering you two shows running Nov. 8-Dec. 23, 2020, the classic Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol and Me and My Girl

Add Some Sparkle to Your Spring… Introducing the NEW Niagara Spring Sparkles Festival! Add a bit of sparkle into the early days of spring, it was scheduled for March 21/22 & 28/29, 2020 but has been changed to April 18/19 & 25/26 due to Covid 19 – all purchased passes are valid for the new dates. Your Discovery Pass entitles you to eight wine and culinary experiences designed by winemakers and chefs to celebrate the fresh spring flavours of Niagara, redeemable at eight of over 30 participating wineries across Twenty Valley and Niagara-on-the-Lake!
Dig Our Roots takes place on the weekend of April 17-19, 2020. The Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake will be offering a number of events in celebration of the Niagara-on-the-Lake appellation. With 22 wineries participating this year there will be lots to do!
Concerts at Jackson Triggs Winery return again this year, the line-up is sure to be exciting! Tickets go on sale this Spring – we will keep you posted here on the exact date.  Better yet the venue is walking distance from Explorer House!
The 10th Annual Spring HandMade Market will return May 8 & 9, 2020. It will take place at 13th St. Winery which will host 150 one-of-a-kind Canadian makers and artists from across Ontario, Quebec and the East Coast. Sip wine by the glass while you shop and savour the gourmet food trucks that will also be in attendance.
Peller Estate’s Party in the Vineyard, was due to return on May 15-17, 2020 but due to Covid-19 it has been postponed. We will keep you posted as we learn more about the new dates. 
Niagara Craft Shows takes place May 16 & 17, 2020. With over 17,000 square feet of some of Canada’s best  Artisans, Crafters and Gourmet Food Creators you are sure to find something to take home!
The weekly Wednesday night Supper Market returns on May 20, 2020 and will run until Sept. 16, 2020. It is always guaranteed to be a fun evening with numerous food vendors, music, wine & beer. Also at the same location is the Market at the Village on Saturday mornings starting May 23, 2020.
The Shaw Guild Garden Tour will take place on June 12 & 13, 2020. Eight gardens have been selected for 2020. A VIP experience will be held on June 12, 2020 at 6pm with an intimate evening strolling through enchanting gardens accompanied by live music, complimentary hors d’oeuvres and wine. Reduced early bird tickets are on sale until March 15, 2020.
Movie Night in the Vineyard returns again this year at Trius Winery but it is going to run all summer long this year! Friday evenings from June 19 – Aug. 28, 2020 enjoy a classic film favourite under a blanket of stars and surrounded by the Trius idyllic vineyard. Dinner & Movie packages also available. Tickets include your seat along with one glass of wine, a souvenir glass and one bag of locally-made Kettle corn.
The 29th Annual NOTL Horticultural Society Garden Tour will take place on July 11, 2020 from 10-5pm. Always a beautiful event!
Party in the Vineyard Country Edition returns to Peller Estates on Aug.15, 2020. Showcasing top Canadian country music artists on the vineyard stage with food trucks, interactive activities, a pig roast, and wine, cider and beer. This year’s performers will be announced in April.
Get out your hats, the ponies are coming back to Niagara-on-the-Lake for Niagara Polo on Sept. 12, 2020! Feel the excitement of the game with The Toronto Polo Club here in beautiful, historic Niagara-on-the-Lake! And there’s much more – food, wine, craft beer, entertainment, vendors, fancy hats, divot stomp, vintage cars, and loads of fun!

The Niagara-on-the-Lake Museum will spearhead Doors Open NOTL this fall as part of province-wide Doors Open Ontario heritage tourism initiative led by the Ontario Heritage Trust. The event is planned for Oct. 24, 2020 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Visiting us Monday to Friday? New last year, Konzelmann Winery offers an Lakefront Lunch & Winery Experience starting at noon Monday to Friday and a Blind Tasting Experience at 2pm also Monday to Friday.
Also find us and the latest happenings at Explorer House, along with tips on what to do while visiting us on our Facebook page