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

Explorer House has been awarded TripAdvisor 2018 Top 25 B&Bs and Inns in Canada. This “Travelers’ Choice” award is the highest honor TripAdvisor can award. The hallmarks of the Travelers’ Choice Awards are remarkable service, value, and quality. 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 2018 season of the Shaw Festival runs from April 4 to Oct. 28, 2018. The shows this year include The Magician’s Nephew, Grand Hotel, Mythos Trilogy with Stephen Fry, The Hound of Baskervilles, Henry V, and many more! Then the Christmas holiday season, Nov. 14 to Dec. 23, 2018, offers you the classic Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol.

The Shaw Festival has announced the 2019 line-up and tickets go on sale Nov. 3, 2018 for Shaw Members and to the general public Dec. 8, 2018. Plays include: Brigadoon, Cyrano de Bergerac, The Horse & His Boy, The Ladykillers and many more! 

Honour the Golden Age of Radio takes place at Ravine on October 26, November 15, November 29, December 14 from 7:15-9:30pm. Mystery, romance, and suspense will all be brought to life by local actors and Shaw Festival alumni in this multi-week reading series.Tickets start at $40.00 per person plus tax and include a glass of wine, a snack during the show from Chef Ross, and entry to the show. Oct. 26 – Double Noir Bill: The Tell-Tale Heart & Sorry, Wrong Number Nov. 15 Double Indemnity  Nov. 29, 2018 – After the Thin Man Dec. 14, 2018 A Double Christmas Bill: A Fibber McGee and Molly Christmas & Master Detective Nick Carter’s Christmas Adventure. Reserve your spot by contacting Cheryl at info@ravinevineyard.com or by calling 905-262-8463 ext. 32.

Halloween Ghost Tours at Fort George will take place from to The most haunted place in the most haunted town at the most haunted time of the year! Join them in a candlelit tour, where you will hear a score of ghostly accounts while being introduced to the fascinating history of haunted Fort George and Niagara-on-the-Lake. This is not a haunted hayride experience, the stories are real and the ghosts are real. Halloween tours run 2 hours in length and include buildings and stories not included on our summer tours.Tickets are $25 per person and must be purchased in advance. Call 905-468-6621 for tickets, they do sell out in advance. Tours are: October 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28, 30 & 31.
Visiting us Monday to Friday? New this 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. 
The Niagara Icewine Festival takes place from Jan. 11-27, 2019.  Stay tuned for more details as they become available. On Saturday & Sundays (Jan. 19/20 and Jan. 26/27) Niagara-on-the-Lake’s historic Queen Street transforms into a winter wonderland as the town comes together to play their part in wine country’s annual Icewine celebration with culinary creations, music, shopping and sparkling ice sculptures. 
On Friday, Jan. 18, 2019 an evening of Sparkle & Ice will take place in a celebration with Niagara-on-the-Lake Icewine makers and their VQA wines, reds ,whites and sparklings are paired with inspired tastings. There will be live entertainment and an icewine bar outside and fireworks under the winter sky. 
White on Ice takes place Friday, Jan. 25, 2019 from 7-10pm. An outdoor dinner with delicious VQA wines and mouthwatering cuisine from the Signature Kitchen Chefs. Located in a heated tent on Queen St right in the heart of the Heritage District. This will be a night to remember with live musical entertainment and dancing under the Winter sky!
The weekly Wednesday night Supper Market has finished for 2018 but will return in May 2019 and run until Sept. 2019. It is always guaranteed to be a fun evening with numerous food vendors, music, wine & beer.

The Handmade Market returns in May 2019 at 13th Street Winery. 140 Artisans, food trucks, wine by the glass and much more.

The Niagara Historical Society will offer guided historical tours of the Old Town every Saturday and Sunday from June to September, 2019. Tours start at 11:00 am at the Queen’s Royal Park Gazebo and the cost is only $10.

Also find us and the latest happenings at Explorer House, along with tips on what to do while visiting us on our Facebook page