The Niagara-on-the-Lake Chamber of Commerce (26 Queen St., Niagara-on-the-Lake; tel. 905/468-1950; www.niagaraonthelake.com) provides information and can help you find accommodations. Open daily from 9am to 7:30pm from April through October, and from 10am to 5pm during the rest of the year.
For Niagara Falls travel information, contact Niagara Falls Tourism (5515 Stanley Ave., Niagara Falls; tel. 800/56-FALLS [800/563-2557] or 519/356-6061; www.niagarafallstourism.com) or the Niagara Parks Commission (tel. 877/NIA-PARK [877/642-7275]; www.niagaraparks.com).
Niagara-on-the-Lake is best seen by car. From Toronto, take the Queen Elizabeth Way (signs read QEW) to Niagara via the cities of Hamilton and St. Catharines, and exit at Hwy. 55. The trip takes about 90 minutes, but can take over 2 hours if you’re traveling at peak periods (if possible, try to avoid making the trek weekday mornings before 9am or weekday afternoons from 3 to 7:30pm).
VIA (www.viarail.ca; tel. from Canada 888/842-7245 or 514/871-6000) operates a daily train to Niagara Falls, but not to Niagara-on-the-Lake. The train ride is from 2 to 3 hours long (depending on the train and how many stops it makes), and fares start at around $48 round-trip. A cheaper option is to take the regional GO Train (www.gotransit.com; tel. 416-869-3200) to Niagara Falls, which runs a WEGO bus service to Niagara-on-the-Lake. Alternatively, take the GO Train to St. Catharines and rent a car there. Car-rental outlets in St. Catharines include Hertz (414 Ontario St.; tel. 905/934-0163) and Enterprise Rent-A-Car (404 Ontario St.; tel. 905/685-1500). In Niagara Falls, Avis is at 5127 Victoria Ave. (tel. 905/357-2847).
A Great Green Initiative
Driving through Niagara-on-the-Lake by car is a delight, but many would argue that the region is best viewed by bicycle. VIA Rail offers the Toronto-Niagara Greenbelt Express for cyclists. These passenger trains have a bike cargo car (bikes cost an extra C$25) and get to Niagara Falls in less than 2 hours. From there, you can bike to your hotel (if you're a light traveler) or arrange for pick-up for an extra fee. On summer weekends and holidays, GO Trains to Niagara Falls have 2 to 3 cars that fit up to 18 bikes each. Visit www.biketrain.ca for more details.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.