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
                                                    2022 TRAVELERS’ CHOICE
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!

NOTL Update:

February is Romance Month so come Cozy up with Explorer House! Treat your loved one to a 2-night romantic get-away. Package includes 2 nights accommodations, a romance package and much more! See our “Package” page for further details. Package available now until the end of February.

Enjoy Wine, Chocolate and Cheese Experiences, 20 Niagara-on-the-Lake wineries invite you to indulge in these tempting pairings. Couples’ passes to the Chocolate & Cheese Festival are now on sale and provide access to all participating properties. takes place on weekends in February, 2023.

Winery Tours & Tastings! Please note many 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. Also, if you’re a frequent visitor to Niagara-on-the-Lake, may we suggest the Winemakers’ Selections Tasting Pass, which entitles you to one tasting of a Winemaker’s Selection wine at each winery any Monday through Friday throughout the year.

Shaw Festival’s 2023 season will run Feb. 28 to Dec. 23, 2023. The 2023 line up includes: Gypsy, Blithe Spirt, The Amen Corner, Prince Caspian, On The Razzel, Village Wooing, A Shadow of a Doubt, The Playboy of the Western World, The Apple Cart, The Clearing & much more! Please note that Mahabharata starts Feb. 28 and you can save up to 55% on tickets to this play by entering code “MAHAB23“.

Niagara Parks Festival of Lights returns again this holiday season, running Nov. 12, 2022 to Feb, 20, 2023. Escape this winter to Niagara Falls for the Winter Festival of Lights, Canada’s largest free outdoor light festival. Experience the spectacular displays with 3 million lights along the Niagara Parkway, from Queen Victoria Park through Dufferin Islands and across Niagara Falls. 40 years of winter tradition, make it your annual winter tradition.

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. Also don’t miss the Tunnel, descend 180 feet beneath the historic Niagara Parks Power Station to discover the 2,200-foot-long tunnel that lies under Niagara’s cathedral of power.

Check out Pellers Winter Luxe Lounge which is now opened on Saturday and Sunday throughout the winter months!  Four guests (min required) can rent an elegant dining table for 1.5 hours and dine on their heated covered patio, complete with comfortable chairs and cozy blankets. You have two dining options to choose from, the Premium Pickings or The Luxe Lunch and then après dining, move to your private firepit with Muskoka chairs to roast icewine marshmallows. What fun!

The First Ontario Performing Arts Center in St. Catharines has a number of concerts, shows and other events. Check out their listing for events!
Concert series 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. 
Skating at the Ice Rink in “The Gardens” is now open. Enjoy the 120 x 60 ice rink and along with food and beverage options at The OutPost. The skating rink is free to the general public and you can rent skates there as well. It is only a 10 min. walk from our place. Opening hours are based on ice conditions and weather, but typically opened from 1-8pm.
Shaw Guild Garden Tour returns on June 24, 2023. There’s no better time to think about a beautiful garden tour than during the winter season! Warmer temperatures and spectacular flowers will be here before you know it. Early Bird Tickets can be purchased until Mar. 31, 2023.
Jet Boat Season is almost here! You can book your reservation now for both wet or dry jet boat tours (starting on May 20, 2023). 
Also find us and the latest happenings at Explorer House, along with tips on what to do while visiting us on our Facebook page.