Niagara-on the-Lake is a picture perfect destination for Canadian and foreign companies and associations that want to move beyond standard fare for incentive travel, conferences, charity events and corporate events. It's an easy drive across the border from Upstate New York.
What gives Niagara-on-the-Lake its charm? Is it the candy-colored houses dating back to the 1800's with their immaculately manicured lawns and spectacular gardens? Is it the charming boutiques in which you are guaranteed to find the perfect treasure? Is it the art galleries and parks in which you can stroll and browse for hours? Is it the horse and carriages along the main street? Perhaps it's the vineyards and wineries that produce some of Ontario's finest wines? Maybe it's the Christmas store where, all year, you can instantly re-capture the magic of the festive season. They all add up to give Niagara-on-the-Lake the feel of charming English village from a bygone era.
Niagara-on-the-Lake, has a number of unique event venues. Conference planners and corporate event planners can choose from inns where small teams can enjoy exclusive use to 5 Star hotels with spas.
Build your itinerary around wine tours, the Shaw Festival featuring the plays of George Bernard Shaw, bicycle tours, hot air ballooning and horse riding. There are a number of historical sites. For example, Niagara-on-the-Lake which was an Underground Railroad stop is part of the self-guided African Canadian Heritage Tour. You can also visit Niagara Falls, Ontario just 30 minutes away. Take a helicopter tour over the falls or give Lady Luck a try at the Fallsview Casino. Plan a day trip to Toronto, 1-1/2 hours away.
For team building retreats, my company has included cooking team building and team events such as amazing race inspired challenges, scavenger hunts and photo challenges in the agenda.
Polo was played by soldiers on the Niagara Commons in the War of 1812 era. In the 1990's, a polo tournament was held there every year on the weekend after Labor Day. It's still possible to organize polo events with gourmet meals in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
You'll definitely want to keep Niagara-on-the-Lake in mind for conferences, special events and business meetings.