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Last updated: 30 July, 2022
Expert travel writer: Ellen Himmelfarb

The cultural flipside to the epic Niagara Falls experience is a 20-minute drive away on the historic streets of Niagara-on-the-Lake.  One of the best-preserved 19th towns in Canada, it’s a must-visit after the Falls, and the Pillar & Post – reminiscent of a British Victorian inn – distills the town’s charm into one lovely stay.

The converted cannery building started life as a hotel decades ago, but seems older, with deep, distressed-leather seating, traditional tartan upholstery and mahogany four-poster beds in most rooms. Still, this is a holiday town, so you also get mod cons such as an in-house spa, with free access to the hot tubs and springs (treatments are extra) and full bar service at the indoor and outdoor pools.

The Nouveau Canadian cuisine is a highlight – breakfast comes with locally cured bacon, Ontario maple syrup and a full juice bar. On arrival, the valet whisks away your car. In exchange, you can use the town shuttle, which makes regular stops at the surrounding wineries – so nobody has to drive.

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Key facilities

Airport transfers: Not available
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Kids club
Parking: On-site (free)
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

Bucket list experiences our writer says you must do in this destination, closest first

Niagara Falls Waterfall

Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada[18 miles]

The world’s second-largest waterfall is a jaw-dropping display of nature’s power, best experienced by boat, helicopter and through secret tunnels.

Best for ages: 4+ | Free

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Other worthwhile experiences in this destination if you have the time or the interest, closest first

Tall tower with rounded section at the top yellow elevator going up the side

Skylon Tower

Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada[18.2 miles]

For the bird’s eye view, take the elevator to the observation deck (52s) at the top of this 775ft tower. There are also two restaurants there – a family buffet restaurant, and the fine dining ‘Revolving Dining Room’ restaurant that rotates 360 degrees every hour.

Best for ages: 4+ | £10

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