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Neighbourhood Spotlight: Niagara-On-The-Lake

By: Jeff Ham & Christy D'Oliveira

Neighbourhood Spotlight: Niagara-On-The-Lake

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One of the most sought-after neighbourhoods outside Toronto is the picturesque Town of Niagara-On-the-Lake (NOTL). Known to most as the epicentre of the Niagara wine region, the development of NOTL has increased to include much more over the last decade especially. From a vibrant restaurant scene to a thriving music and arts community, specialty farms, historical landmarks, and annual festivals, it won’t take you long to see why real estate is at a premium in this town.
 
Named one of the top ten relocation destinations within Canada in 2021, NOTL is considered a hidden gem along the path to popular tourist destinations. While NOTL receives a fair number of tourists in the summer season especially thanks to wine tours, you are a far cry from the casino crowd that Niagara Falls appeals to. NOTL is a close-knit community that is beaming with character and neighbours that are adamant on keeping the small-town appeal of the town which they call home.
 
The limited real estate available in NOTL aids the thriving agriculture and contributes to the annual farmer’s markets (weekly in the summertime) and ample access to fresh produce. The food and dining scene is vibrant, ever-evolving, and perfectly complements the endless list of wineries that attract both locals and tourists to the area. There are a number of culinary tours throughout the area that showcase the best of food and wine in NOTL. Some of these tours cater to the walkability of Old Town and will see patrons walking from stop-to-stop throughout the evening. Another highly recognized attraction is the Niagara Grape & Wine Festival, which includes an annual icewine showcase (formerly the Niagara Icewine Festival). This annual festival allows patrons to sample some of Ontario’s best VQA Icewines from the Icewine Village.
 
When it comes to history, several attractions showcase the rich history of this town. Fort George National Historic Site, Voices of Freedom Park, Laura Secord Homestead, McFarland House, William Kirby Home, and Six Nations Memorial, all play a significant role in telling the story of the history of Niagara-on-the-Lake and are known for attracting both locals who are interested in knowing more about this storied neighbourhood, as well as out of town visitors.
 
The artistic scene in NOTL is constantly growing. From the nationally recognized Shaw Festival and their annual productions to independent festivals such as Bravo Niagara! Festival of the Arts, the Niagara Jazz Festival, and World Music on the Beach, there is no shortage of music and art for neighbours and tourists to take in year-round.
 
Day-to-day necessities are available in Old Town NOTL, with outlet shopping centres, more options for grocers, health care centres, and more just a short drive away in neighbouring Virgil, Glendale, and Queenston. The charming Old Town has a wide variety of charming independent stores that are certain to pique your interest. From vintage stores to bookstores, candy stores, Options for youth programs are available year-round through the Parks and Recreation Department, Community Centre, and NOTL Public Library.
 
NOTL boasts beauty and relaxation. Known for being a town that keeps a more peaceful vibe and moves at a relaxed pace, this has made it quite attractive for families looking to settle down or couples aiming to retire. As we mentioned, real estate is consistently at a premium in NOTL, so the opportunity to get your hands on a property is one you don’t want to let slip through your fingers. If you’re interested in speaking to one of our team members about current and future availability in Niagara-On-The-Lake, send us an email today at info@thefreshapproach.ca or give us a call at (905) 766-8545 and we would be more than happy to answer any and all questions you might have.