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. Plays for 2020 run Apr. 2-Oct. 18, 2020 and 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

Winter is the perfect time of the year to take a romantic carriage ride. Since 1989 Sentineal Carriages has offered visitors horse drawn carriage rides through Niagara on the Lake’s historic downtown. Throw a blanket over your lap, hold your sweetie tight, and enjoy a truly unique experience as you trot through one of Ontario’s most picturesque towns.
Perhaps skating is more your style, over the winter months you can go skating at Wayne Gretzky Estates Winery or at Fort George. Then have a have leisurely lunch or dinner dinner at one of the numerous restaurants. The Fort George Skating Rink is the only one of its kind in all of Parks Canada. You can skate, savour hot chocolate around the fire pits, or simply enjoying the atmosphere under the twinkling lights in one of the Red Chairs. At Wayne Gretzky’s Skating Rink, you can enjoy skating and relax on their heated Whisky Bar patio where they serve up wine, cocktails and a winter menu (Food Menu only available Friday – Sunday). Either venues are a great way to experience the great outdoors! On Saturday nights in Jan. & Feb. 2020 Wayne Gretzky’s will also host a Canadian outdoor skate party with the DJ rocking tunes from 6 – 9 pm.
The Shaw Film Series returns again this year from Jan. 4 – Feb. 22, 2020.  Films are shown every Saturday starting  starting at 3 pm. A number of great movies are being shown.
The annual Cyclamen Show at the Floral Showhouse runs Jan. 18 to March 4. I nice way to add a touch of colour to your winter experience in Niagara Falls. See stunning cyclamen arrangements in radiant pinks, corals, purples and reds accented by kalanchoes, azaleas, orchids and much more. Warm temperatures and lush florals await within the glass walls of the Floral Showhouse!
Weekends in February bring The Days of Wine & Chocolate. Explore the decadently sweet and savoury art of wine and chocolate pairing. Visit over 20 wineries and taste VQA wines matched with chocolate-infused dishes – from classically sweet flavour combinations to unexpected surprises.
Fabulicious returns on Feb. 26-29, 2020. The menus for February Fabulicious haven’t been posted as of yet. However, they will be posted beginning of February. Restaurants that are participating in Fabulicious are:
Bistro Six One
Chili Jiao
HobNob at The Charles
LIV @ White Oaks
Masaki Sushi
Niagara’s Finest Thai
Noble @ Prince of Wales
Tiara @ Queen’s Landing
Cannery @ Pillar and Post
Oban Inn
Peller Estates
Zees Grill
Until March 29, 2020 Niagara Parks have created the Great Canadian Winter Lodge with contemporary twist on classic Canadian winter activities. Immerse yourself in winter’s embrace snowshoeing or hiking your way through the scenic Niagara River Parkway and/or indulge in specially crafted comfort foods at Whirlpool Restaurant.
Date Night at Trius Wineries takes place every Monday night until April 27, 2020. Treat your loved one (or best friend) to a 3-course dinner, including a bottle of wine for only $99 per couple!
The Taste of Niagara-on-the-lake Progressive Dinner takes place on March 20/21 and April 3/4, 2020. At this event, on Saturday night, you will experience a five-course gourmet dining and wine pairing adventure served in a progressive manner.  This exciting evening begins at the Niagara on the Lake Community Centre where you will be whisked away to the next four additional gourmet restaurants for each successive course until the finale of this tasting extravaganza. On the following day, Sunday, you will have the opportunity to visit the five participating wineries to taste complimentary samples of Niagara wines.
Niagara Wine Fest’s Spring Sparkles Festival will be held on March 21/22 and 28/29. The sparkling wine festival features Niagara wineries with food and sparkling wine pairings.
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.
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.
The 29th Annual NOTL Horticultural Society Garden Tour will take place on July 11, 2020 from 10-5pm. Always a beautiful event!
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