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! 
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!

Next Up:

The 2019 Christmas season of the Shaw Festival runs from Nov. 13 to Dec. 22, 2019. This year, Shaw offers you two Christmas shows, the classic Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol and new for 2019 is Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn. Shaw has also now announced in 2020 line up of plays. Plays for 2020 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!

This Holiday Season…don’t forget to book your holiday stay to enjoy the Shaw Festival’s A Christmas Carol and/or Holiday Inn. While here don’t miss all the other fun holiday events!
Ravine Winery hosts The Christmas Market on Dec. 1, 2019. Sip some wine, cider or local craft beer and browse a selection of hand-picked items from artisan vendors. Beat the holiday rush, and find some one-of-a-kind gifts in a cozy setting that’s sure to make your spirits bright!
Dec. 6-7, 2019 kicks off with the Annual Rotary Holiday House Tour and it’s bigger and better than before! There’ will be another VIP tour with even more surprises in store, the 225th Anniversary of St. Andrew’s Church, complimentary wine samples, extended viewing hours for the day tour, and much, much more! Tickets go on sale in September with early-bird pricing, so watch the Rotary social media sites!
Dec. 6, 2019 – Candle Light Stroll, a guided stroll winding through the historical town, accompanied by local choirs and seasonal entertainment.
Celebrate the Holidays at 13th Street Winery! On Dec. 7, 2019 from 10-5pm 13th Winery hosts their Holiday Open House
Magic of Christmas Holiday Open House take place at Reif Estate Winery on Dec. 7, 2019. Join Reif Winery for their annual open house featuring wines from the wildly successful TAROT card collection, including the Gamay and Kerner Nouveaux, must-haves for Christmas dinner and more! Complimentary tastings of feature wines and festive culinary creations. Then on Dec. 8, 2019 they host a Very Victorian Christmas with a heritage holiday party of mulled wine, traditional holiday fare, Christmas caroling and good cheer!
Also on Dec. 8, 2019 is A Swingin’ Christmas: The Toronto All-Star Big Band. Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year Big Band Style with swinging renditions of seasonal as well as all-time favourites from the Golden Age of Swing. This vibrant, young band revives the spirit, style and sound of the 1930’s, 40’s and 50’s, capturing the warmth, joy and magic of the holiday season.
On Saturday Dec. 14, 2019 NOTL Christmas Parade takes place. Santa comes to town. The town of Niagara-on-the-Lake Parade Committee presents one of Ontario’s best Santa Claus Parades.
Fort George Garrison Christmas takes place on Dec. 14 & 15, 2019. Come experience Christmas traditions from the early 19th century, including crafts, activities and games for the whole family! See Fort George decorated in traditional holiday greenery while enjoying hot beverages, historic treats, and musket demonstrations. Join Parks Canada and the Friends of Fort George for some jolly Christmas fun!
December is also the perfect time of the year to take a romantic carriage ride. Since 1989 Sentineal Carriage 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 high streets.
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.
Ice Wine Gala takes place on Friday, Jan. 10, 2020. Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Niagara Icewine Festival. This special evening will showcase the best of Niagara Icewine from 35 producers, paired with culinary creations from the top chefs at Niagara Casinos. Enter a winter wonderland filled with ice sculptures, starry skies, interactive Icewine activities and a retrospective video presentation of 25 years of Canada’s liquid gold.
Ice Wine Festival returns for three weekends in January, staring Jan. 10-26, 2020.
From the Niagara Icewine Gala, to wine and culinary pairings featured in the Niagara Icewine Discovery Pass, outdoor activities along the famed Wine Route, Jordan Village’s Winter Winefest and Niagara-on-the-Lake’s Icewine Village there will be lots to do!
Icebreakers Comedy Festival returns Jan. 17 and continues on Jan. 18, 23, 24 & 25, 2020. Tickets go on sale on Oct. 1, 2019.
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.
Perhaps a cooking class is more your style. Wine Country (at Strewn Winery) offer Saturday cooking classes from 10am-3pm. They also offer a number of other food & wine classes. 
Also find us and the latest happenings at Explorer House, along with tips on what to do while visiting us on our Facebook page