It’s home base for the famous Shaw Festival, but Niagara-on-the-Lake is also a wine and foodie haven any time of year.

This tiny gem of a town has a helluva history: it was here, just over 200 years ago, where British, French and native Canadians stood side by side – and their ground – against an invading American force after a brave young woman named Laura Secord made the trek to sound the alarm. We call it the War of 1812. The town will be the site of many re-enactments and historical remembrances through 2014, but anytime is a good time to visit, as its proximity to Niagara Wine Country makes it a wine and foodie haven.


N-O-T-L serves as the home base for the Shaw Festival, which celebrated 50 years of productions of George Bernard Shaw and his contemporaries last year; wine festivals and tastings happen year round, from Ice Wine in January to the harvest in September. If you can’t make the fest, follow Shaw corresponding scholar L.W. Conolly’s The Shaw Festival: The First 50 Years, a wonderfully illustrated look back at the festival’s roots and evolution to its golden anniversary.

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