Niagara on the Green in Niagara on the Lake
From the moment you enter Niagara on the Green, you’ll find a relaxing golf course community in the heart of wine country, minutes from the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW) and the region’s best shopping, nature areas, vineyards and more. Take a golf cart from your driveway to Royal Niagara, the picturesque championship 27-hole golf course. Cool off at White Oaks Resort & Spa, Niagara’s premier resort hotel and fitness centre.
The beauty of the Niagara Escarpment, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, serves as a backdrop to everything you do. Its recreation areas, the Bruce Trail and many side trails, wetlands and historic sites are a favourite destination for hikers and cyclists from across North America.
While there are acres of intimate vineyards and miles of hiking trails to explore, the Outlet Collection at Niagara, Canada’s largest open-air shopping centre, is only a few minutes’ drive in the other direction. While you’re still within sight of the Escarpment, you can accessorize with Kors, Coach, and Fossil, or get ready for anything at The North Face and Eddie Bauer.
Ten minutes up the road is celebrated Old Towne Niagara on The Lake, alive with history rich homes and establishments decorating the town. Five star dining is paired with world-renowned wineries, leaving you endless options to satisfy your culinary pleasure. Enjoy the immersive historic aspect of an entire village of beautifully preserved shops, stately manors, and theatres that host the internationally acclaimed Shaw Festival.
Back at home, you’re as close to major highways as you are to the Outlet Collection: Niagara on the Green is ideally located along the QEW as it runs between Toronto and the US border at Buffalo. Less than 10 minutes on the QEW brings you right to the commercial hearts of Niagara’s major municipalities, St. Catharines and Niagara Falls. Easily commute to Niagara’s academic, political, and medical centers like Brock University, Niagara College, Regional Headquarters, or the St. Catharines and Niagara Falls Hospitals.
Downtown St. Catharines
Downtown St. Catharines was built on the bank of a long-relocated canal, but it maintains its status as a critical crossroads thanks to the highways that define its north and south boundaries (the QEW and 406, respectively). Major surface avenues radiate to every corner of the city and beyond, making downtown the ideal starting point for someone who’ll be all over the region. Brock is five minutes in one direction and the hospital is five minutes in the other.
But you’ll quickly realize that downtown St. Catharines is much more than just a convenient central location to put your head down between drives: it’s a fantastic place to walk around and live in. Downtown is in the midst of a redevelopment renaissance as new housing developments, cultural attractions, recreational facilities, and businesses are opening weekly. The Performing Arts Centre will host stunning events while the Meridian Centre will be home to the Niagara IceDogs and dozens of concerts and other sporting events throughout the year.
Discover shops, restaurants, and cafés tucked into the ground levels of delightfully preserved 18th and 19th century buildings that line St. Paul, James and Church streets. Stroll through the beautiful Montebello Park, a charming example of Frank Law Olmstead’s work in a much smaller setting than the design of Central Park for which he is famous.
The farmer’s market has delicious and healthy fresh local food, both to stock your fridge and to savour onsite. Stay into the evening to enjoy some live music with local wines and beers, then head to a craft-brewpub for a midnight snack if you still aren’t ready to call it a night. Downtown St Catharines is a short walk from dozens of places you want to be and an easy drive to everywhere you have to be.