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! 





COVID – 19 Update

Like most, COVID -19 has our full attention and we are monitoring it’s ever changing concerns & requirements. As such we are currently closed until June 3, 2020 due to the State of Emergency that currently is in place. You can be assured that when we do re-open we will be doing everything possible to ensure the health & safety of our guests and our home.

Cleanliness and sanitary practices have always been a priority at Explorer House. As owners we live on the property, it is our home too, and as such we do all that we can to keep our home clean and sanitized in both our space as well as our guest’s space. As a small 3 room B&B we do not have large groups of people coming & going, but, we’ve taken extra precautions to ensure everyone’s good health.

Stay Safe, Stay Small, Stay With Us!


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:
Due to Covid – 19 many events have been cancelled or delayed. Keep checking in here for updates (see Next Up below).  Normally there is always lots to do in Niagara-on-the-Lake but right now we are all on hold. However, we are taking future reservations with a flexible cancellation policy should you like to secure your spot for later in the season. Come explore with Explorer House!
Once we are open again we hope you will come and enjoy Niagara and our lovely guest sitting area with Adirondack/Muskoka chairs & fire-pit table, the gazebo and the hot tub…all available for our guests. So don’t forget to bring along your swimsuit.
Stay Safe, Stay Small, Stay With Us!

Next Up:

Here are Shaw’s 2020 line up of plays but due to Covid 19, plays for 2020 have been delayed to July 1, 2020.  Plays include: Gypsy, The Devil’s Disciple, Sherlock Holmes and The Raven’s Curse, Charley’s Aunt, Prince Caspian, Flush, Assassins, The Playboy of the Western World, Desire Under the Elms and Trouble in Mind. Also for the holiday season, Shaw is offering you two shows running Nov. 8-Dec. 23, 2020, the classic Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol and Me and My Girl

The following events also have been postponed:
– Niagara Spring Sparkles Festival!  It was scheduled for March but has been postponed – all purchased passes will be valid for the new dates. 
– Concerts at Jackson Triggs Winery  – no announcements have been made as of yet regarding concerts for 2020. Normally tickets go on sale in the spring but given the current situation we will keep you posted on if/when there will be concerts for 2020.  
– The 10th Annual Spring HandMade Market,  we will keep you advised of rescheduled dates. It was to 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. 
– The Summer Event Series offered by Andrew Peller have been postponed until after June 30, 2020 and future dates have yet to be announced. The postponed events include:
* Party in the Vineyard: Food Truck Edition at Peller Estates
* Riesling Rocks the Bench at Thirty Bench Winery
* Yes Way, Rosé – Multi-Property Touring Pass
* Rosé Party at Trius Winery
* Rosé Brunch at Trius Winery
* Movie Nights in the Vineyard at Trius Winery
* Sip Sip Hooray – Multi-Property Touring Pass
* Party in the Vineyard: Wine Country Edition at Peller Estates
– The weekly Wednesday night Supper Market start date has been postponed – we will advise when start date is announced. It will run until Sept. 16, 2020
– The Graze the Bench team has made the decision to postpone until Aug. 29 & 30, 2020. Which means our kick-off to Graze the Bench, Riesling Rocks the Bench, will be postponed until Friday Aug. 28, 2020.
The following events have been cancelled:
– The strawberry, cherry and peach festivals
– Rotary Canada Day celebrations
– The 29th Annual NOTL Horticultural Society Garden Tour
– The Rotary Holiday House Tour
Other events that we are still waiting to hear the status of are:
The TD Niagara Jazz Festival is one of the major mid-summer festivals still holding off on making a decision, as executive director Juliet Dunn is hoping things might improve before the July 16, 2020 event.
The Handmade Market is still on schedule for Sept. 11 & 12, 2020. 13th Street Winery 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.
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.
Also find us and the latest happenings at Explorer House, along with tips on what to do while visiting us on our Facebook page