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
                                                    2023 TRAVELERS’ CHOICE
Tripadvisor Travelers' Choice 2023 Award
Explorer House has been awarded the 2023 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:

Here is a quick link to many upcoming events. Niagara on the Lake Information.

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 is here and it runs now until Dec. 23, 2023. The regular 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! Shaw also have a number of outdoor performances including the newest addition, The Shaw’s own Spiegeltent. This is a large historic tent, that they have brought over from Europe that was constructed at the turn of the century from exotic wood and canvas and decorated with mirrors and stained glass – a cabaret-style venue and an attraction in its own right. Planning for the holiday season? Shaw has Brigadoon & A Christmas Carol for this holiday season. Ask us for a code for discounted tickets to the holiday plays – good for purchases until Oct. 15, 2023. 

It’s never to early to book your tee time! You can secure your tee time for any day this season (starting April 21, 2023) at one of Niagara Parks Championship Golf Courses – book here. Membership is not required – simply choose your course, book your tee time and golf. 

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.

New this year – free walking tour of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Tours leave the Courthouse on Queen St. daily at 10am & 3pm and are 1.5 hours long. They are locally guided tours through the Historic Olde Town and they go rain or shine. It is highly recommend to reserve your tour- specifically from May to October as tour spots are limited.  

The First Ontario Performing Arts Center in St. Catharines has a number of concerts, shows and other events. Check out their listing for events!
Jet Boat Season is here, they are now opened for the 2023 season! You can book your reservation now for both wet or dry jet boat tours – we have discount coupons, just ask us for them.
It is Harvest time in Niagara and many of the wineries have special events going on during September & October. It is a perfect time of year to visit Niagara! During this time the Niagara Grape & Wine Festival also takes place during weekends in September. Established in 1951, the Niagara Grape & Wine Festival is the oldest and largest celebration of its kind in Canada!
Discover what you love about Niagara-on-the-Lake wineries! Dig Our Roots returns Oct. 13 & 14, 2023 with a new fun event along with the regular winery events. Join them in the heart of Old Town for an unforgettable discovery tasting at the NOTL Museum. Upon entrance, participants gain full access to try an incredible selection of over forty premium VQA wines at the various stations throughout the museum alongside live music and light food fare. Tickets to this event are $90.00 (plus tax and service fee).
Doors Open Niagara returns Oct. 21, 2023. Several sites of historical or architectural significance will be open to the public for free. Come explore the heritage and architecture of the community including some buildings rarely open to the public.
Experience a hauntingly fun Halloween Masquerade Party on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2023 from 7-11pm at the Spirit In Niagara Distillery. Dress up in your favourite semi-formal masquerade outfit and have a frightening good evening of live music with spooky delicious themed cocktails and hor d’oeuvres. Best mask/costume will win a prize!
Taste the Season returns each weekend in November. You can visit and taste at 15+ winery properties over four weekends in November. Each winery will have a special wine pair with food for you to try. Passes go on sale October 1, 2023.
Don’t miss the wonderful experience and heart warming tradition that begins the holiday season in Niagara-on-the-Lake! The Candlelight Stroll returns Dec. 1, 2023. Enjoy musical Christmas performances from local artists while strolling with candles. 
Save the dates! Dec.1 & 2, 2023 for the 24th annual Niagara-on-the-Lake Rotary Holiday House Tour and a Special Evening Event! Click here to view the 2022 promo video!
Also find us and the latest happenings at Explorer House, along with tips on what to do while visiting us on our Facebook page.