A Day Trip to Niagara-on-the-Lake

Niagara on the lake with toddler
Shopping at the Christmas Store

Wine country and kids totally mix and I’m living proof! Over the years we’ve taken both kids to Niagara-on-the-Lake and they’ve toured the wineries and noshed their way through many a Wine & Herb/Sip & Sizzle tour. Many associate Niagara on the Lake as an adults only zone because of the wineries and the theatre crowds but we’re starting to learn that the town is quite kid friendly and our little ones enjoy each visit. My parents have opened a B&B in Niagara on the Lake and so we’ve been sneaking away for quick getaways and last week we spent a night with them enjoying a day in Niagara-on-the-Lake with young kids.

We got in just in time for dinner and dined at the Backhouse Restaurant in Niagara-on-the-Lake before enjoying a blissfully comfortable night at my parent’s place. They have the plushiest beds and I really do need to upgrade ours! Of course we woke up to one of my mom’s most decadent breakfasts that kept us full until dinner at 8 p.m. The hubs and I had to work that morning and so we decided to enjoy a quick afternoon stroll along the main strip with the kids and the hub’s parents who were visiting us. This was such a spontaneous day and one that the kids will remember for a while – after all…who doesn’t love it when GrandPa plays with the leaves like a kid and the parents buy ice cream and chocolate …one after another?


So what did we get up to?


What to do in Niagara on the lake
Ice Cream pit stop at COWS
Niagara on the lake with kids
Free play in the streets
chocolate niagara on the lake
Chocolate sampling at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory






niagara on the lake kids
More chocolate at Chocolate FX

We first tasted Cows Ice Cream in PEI and Little Monkey loved it so when Baby Boy asked for some on that cold afternoon, we couldn’t say no!







I was surprised that we managed to spend two hours strolling around the Christmas shop ( they have some gorgeous ornaments there!), popping by the chocolate factories, ice cream shops and the breweries. Notice how I didn’t mention wine? We didn’t get to a single winery on this trip and that was okay – because we’ve done the wineries on numerous occasions. Niagara on the Lake enjoys a slow pace of life and for us city dwellers, it’s the perfect way to de-stress and enjoy a relaxing day away from the hustle and bustle.

We’ll be spending our Christmas holidays in Niagara-on-the-Lake and I can’t wait to see the holiday festivities and decorations that the lovely folks of NOTL put up!!

  • Athena
    November 16, 2015 at 6:58 pm

    I love spending time in Niagara on the lake 🙂

  • loucheryl
    November 21, 2015 at 9:26 pm

    I just love a trip to NOTL! We also LOVE to visit COWS! They have the best ice cream and I love checking out all of the funny t-shirts they sell.

  • Branka Stefanovic
    December 18, 2015 at 4:42 am

    Love driving down to NOTL on weekends and strolling down the street. It’s pretty every time of year.

    • Yashy
      December 18, 2015 at 10:57 am

      I was excited to see it covered in white but sadly it doesn’t seem like that might happen now!

  • Erin
    September 7, 2017 at 10:59 am

    We just did a trip to NOTL with our kids! (Ages 2 and 6) It was lovely! We even took them on a winery tour where they got to try grapejuice. The town is so charming and beautiful – we really enjoyed watching the sailboats pour onto Lake Ontario as well. I loved it though and can’t wait to go back!

    • Yashy
      September 7, 2017 at 5:12 pm

      It’s a great spot for sure! My kids have visited 90% of the wineries in the region (there’s quite a few!!!) and have always had a great time! Glad to hear your family enjoyed the visit too!

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