A Sherkston Shores Vacation – Part 5
In part four of my series on Sherkston Shores I brought you to Niagara-on-the-Lake and told you about the winery tours you can take there. In this part I’m going to tell you about the village itself and about an amazing festival they hold there each year.
If you’re into live theater, you’re going to love the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake. The Shaw Festival offers performances on three different stages daily except for Monday. The Festival Theater is the centerpiece theater. It seats up to 856 people and has a cafe and a gift shop. The historic Court House is home to the 327 seat Court House Theater. The theater is in the upper level of the building that dates back to the 1840s. This theater was the original home of the Shaw. Other productions are presented at the 176 seat Studio Theatre and the 326 seat Royal George Theatre.
If wineries and theater aren’t your things, there is still plenty for you to do in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Queen Street in the Center of town has many small shops that sell everything from pottery to souvenirs to clothing. I bought a miniature violin at one of the shops and have it on display in my living room. There were several other musically themed pieces I wish I had bought because I haven’t seen anything like them since. The Queen Street area also has several restaurants ranging from ice cream to fine dining bistros. You can even enjoy the elaborate ritual of English High Tea at The Drawing Room.
I always prefer a picnic lunch to a restaurant meal any time. My favorite place to picnic in Niagara-on-the-Lake is at Queen’s Royal Park at the end of King Street. As you stand at the shore, look to your left and on a clear day you can see Toronto which is about 65 miles away by car but much closer as the crow flies. Look to your right and you will see Old Fort Niagara which is just across the Niagara River in The United States. The fort was a very important British stronghold during the Revolutionary War because it controlled access to the Great Lakes.
Along with everything else, Niagara-on-the-Lake has numerous museums and galleries, beautiful old architecture and an abundance of great gardens. Parking in town can be quite difficult to find, so once you find a sport, plan on seeing the town on foot. Everything is close together so you shouldn’t have any problem. You also have the option of turning heads by riding through town in a beautiful horse drawn carriage.
In part six of my series on a Sherkston Shores Vacation, we’ll finally get to Niagara Falls. I don’t know how many articles it will take to share my Niagara Falls with you but it will be fun. Stay tuned!