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 #045-2024

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

Trip Advisor Travelers' Choice Awards 2024
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!

NOTL Update:

Here is a quick link to many upcoming events Go To Niagara.

Winery Tours & Tastings! Please note many wineries are requiring reservations so we recommend booking in advance. Looking for a guided tour that includes wineries, breweries & distilleries, Brewery & Distillery Tours has numerous options, ask us for a code to save $10 off per person (if you want to book a e-bike with them we can also save you $10 per bike). 

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. 

Tickets are on sale for the 2024 Shaw Festival! Shows run Apr. 6 – Dec. 22, 2024. In addition to the normal venues there are also a number of outdoor performances including performances at The Shaw’s Spiegeltent. Shows this year include: My Fair Lady, One Man, Two Guvnors, Sherlock Holmes and the Mystery of the Human Heart, Witness for the Prosecution, The Secret Garden, The Orphan of Chao, Candida, The House That Will Not Stand, Snow in Midsummer, Kabarett, Cotton Club, and A Christmas Carol. 

The Ghost Tours at Fort George have returned for the 2024 Season! Join them as they explore Fort George National Historic Site after dark, with a candlelit tour of the most haunted site in the most haunted town in Canada. Tours run April to October, 2024.

From June to September 2024, Saturdays and Sundays at 11 am the Niagara Historical Society offers Historic Walking Tours of NOTL. Tours begin at the gazebo in Queen’s Royal Park (end of King Street) and end at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Museum. Tickets are $10 but includes museum admission.

The 2024 Summer Concert Series at the Jackson-Triggs Amphitheatre is back again this year from June – Sept. 2024 and tickets are now on sale. This intimate 500 seat open-air venue will host the following concerts this summer (all just a 15min walk from us): Sam Roberts Band, Matthew Good, The Trews, David Wilcox, Bruce Cockburn, The Strumbellas, July Talk, The Reklaws, The Sheepdogs, Chantal Kreviazuk, Matt Dusk, Bahamas, Brett Kissel, Jim Cuddy Band, The Rural Alberta Advantage & Dwayne Gretzky.
The Annual Summer Show at the Floral Showhouse returns June 1 to Sept. 8, 2024. Experience the enchanting beauty of the wilderness at Niagara Parks’ Annual Summer Show! This year’s natural forest theme brings the serene architecture of woodland gardens to life with a meticulously crafted landscape featuring ferns, grasses and wildflowers. See giant mushrooms and intricate arrangements of tree trunks, stumps, limbs, roots and rocks blend together seamlessly while capturing the essence of a magical natural forest. NEW: Whimsical Creatures at the Floral Showhouse, starting June 29, 2024! Experience fantastical creations and discover the Floral Showhouse’s newest exhibit, Whimsical Creatures. Niagara Parks’ horticultural team, in partnership with Mosaïcultures Internationales de Montréal (MIM) and the Atlanta Botanical Garden (ABG), has meticulously planted a series of Mosaïculture living sculptures. From buzzing bees to a mighty 20-foot dragon, each piece tells a unique story related to Niagara Parks’ dedication to horticultural excellence. Admission to the Whimsical Creatures exhibits is included with general admission to the Floral Showhouse.
Music Niagara’s 26th season returns June 16, 2024 to Aug. 16, 2024. New this year is a Pop Series of performances hosted in a brand-new venue (Music Niagara’s tent at Ironwood Cider House).  In addition to this new venue, they will continue to offer concerts in unique and intimate locales. This season also features a special jazz performance on Canada Day at the Spirit in Niagara Distillery.
On July 14, 2024 Niagara Symphony Orchestra will host “A Midsummer Night’s Dream Gala” at Jackson Triggs Winery celebrating NSO’s 75  years of Music making. It will be a night of a paired six course dinner followed by a night of music.
Tickets are now on sale for i4C (International Cool-Climate Chardonnay Celebration) taking place July 18-21, 2024. This year you will have extra time to get out and explore, they are leaving Sunday open for tasting and touring at the many wineries across Niagara hosting special i4C Explore Wine Country Ontario brunches, lunches and i4C Insider wine tastings.
As the 2024 World Rowing Championships are taking place on Aug. 18-25, 2024, the 140th Royal Canadian Henley Regatta will take place on July 30 – Aug. 4, 2024 this year. 
McLarens, Porsches and other vintage luxury cars will make a pit stop in Niagara-on-the-Lake on Aug. 9, 2024 for the Niagara 5000. The event will take place on Queen Street from 1-5 pm and Peller Estates Winery and Restaurant will be hosting an “official opening night party” on Aug. 8, 2024.
Along with all the old favourites, new this year at the Peach Festival is the ‘Sips of Summer’ peach beer garden highlighted the amazing and tasting peach beverages Niagara-on-the-Lake’s breweries, cideries and distilleries create. Festival takes place on Aug. 10, 2024. It will be an afternoon of fun and excitement as NOTL celebrates all things PEACH!
Save the date for Aug.11, 2024 when the Shades of Rose Dinner returns. The dinner invites you to revel in the magic of summer, the allure of rosé wines, and everything pink. Immerse yourself in the historic charm of Niagara-on-the-Lake as you join us for a soirée filled with camaraderie, celebration, and the finest wines. 
World Rowing Championships along with a four day outdoor festival will take place Aug. 18-25, 2024 at Rennie Park. The event will include in addition to the championships: live entertainment, 50 foot ferris wheel, artisans, food & beverage hospitality.
Polo returns to NOTL on Sept. 14, 2024. Discover the power and passion of polo on the historic commons – the land on which officers and gentleman played polo over 100 years ago during military training at Niagara Camp. Niagara Polo features two four-chukker games with players from the Toronto Polo Club, traditional divot stomp with bubbly, half-time entertainment, music, food vendors, wine and beer bar, artisans, silent auction, vintage and performance cars, pony rides, and loads of fun!
Shaw Guild Autumn Soirée is an elegant evening of dancing to the music of Sandy Vine and the Midnights band and savouring scrumptious foods and wonderful wines, under the canopy tent at Chateau Des Charmes. The event will take place on Oct. 4, 2024.
The 14th Annual Holiday Market takes place Nov. 29 – Dec 1, 2024 at the Niagara Falls Convention Centre.
Other dates to keep in mind for 2024 – more details to come:
  • Oct. 5 & 6: NOTL Beer/ Harvest Festival **new event**
  • Dec. 6: Candlelight Stroll
  • Dec. 6 & 7: Rotary Club House Tour
  • Dec. 14: Christmas Parade
Also find us and the latest happenings at Explorer House, along with tips on what to do while visiting us on our Facebook page.