Ontario is a wine producing region and the Niagara Peninsula is Ontario’s oldest wine region and perhaps the best best known wine region in Ontario. Residents in Toronto and surrounding areas are therefore fortunate in that it is a relatively short drive on the Queen Elizabeth Expressway (QEW).
The Niagara Peninsula includes the Niagara-on-the-Lake region, which is home to a number of well-known wineries, and restaurants located in a relatively small area. There are 37 wineries in total, with many that do not directly sell at the LCBO. It is 2 hours away from Toronto by car (travelling at posted speeds) and is a great way to get away for the weekend and enjoy some good wine (responsibly). Visitors can also consider take seasonal GO Transit and bring along their bikes and explore the area by bike.
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Niagara-on-the-Lake is also home to the annual Shaw Festival. Founded in 1962, the Shaw Festival is also one of the largest rep theatre companies in North America. Visitors under 30 can get substantially discounted tickets and families can also get family packages. All theatres used in the festival are located within the town. Theatre-goers can often spend a weekend visiting wineries and attending shows all within the same day. A number of bed and breakfasts operate for overnight stays at Niagara-on-the-Lake.