Life is a picnic in Niagara-on-the-Lake
Indulge in a picturesque day with a picnic at one of these must-see spots in Niagara-on-the-Lake. With its combination of delicious bites, great company and beautiful scenery, a picnic creates the perfect break from the hustle and bustle that defines modern life. Picnics may seem like a thing of the past, but we can’t recommend a more peaceful way to combine Niagara’s incredible bounty with its peaceful landscapes.
The Queen’s Royal Park Gazebo
It’s difficult to describe how romantic the Queen’s Royal Park Gazebo is to guests who haven’t seen it. Try to imagine you and your loved one sitting under the cover of a beautiful gazebo, wrapped up in its white pillars as you look out over the serene blue waters of Lake Ontario and the Niagara River.
This spot is a favourite for wedding nuptials, so you’ll need to plan ahead for your special occasion to ensure you can book the space. But, if you do, you will not be disappointed. Whether you’re celebrating with an intimate group, up to 12 people, or you two just need an escape, this is truly a spot someone may write into a novel for it so perfectly encapsulates all the special details needed for an extraordinary day of quiet relaxation.
This park, a stunning respite amidst the lush Niagara region, is a wonderful spot for romantic and family picnic alike. The park includes amenities for your little ones, such as a playground and splash pool, and there are often vendors and events taking place that will provide fun for the whole family. While Simcoe Park is located in the middle of Niagara-on-the-Lake, it offers views of a beautiful botanical garden that will make you feel as though your miles removed from Niagara’s lovely, but livelier town.
The Niagara Parkway
If you’re up for exploring, you can travel along this 55-kilometer or 35-mile road that follows the Niagara River from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario. You can nestle into various picnic spots along the parkway and enjoy unparalleled views of the Niagara River and Niagara Falls. Along the way, you will discover many quaint stops that show you the very best our region has to offer.
Stop for a bite to eat along your journey – or bring a brown bag lunch and settle down wherever best suits you and your guests. In 1943, Winston Churchill described the Niagara Parkway as the “prettiest Sunday afternoon drive in the world.” Like Churchill, many visitors to the Niagara Region have fallen in love with the Parkway and all the sights you can discover while travelling along this historic path.
If you’re hoping to create a special day for your partner, visit Queenston Heights and treat your romance to a scenic picnic atop the Niagara Escarpment. Whether you love the great outdoors or want to be swept up in the history of this park, which many have described as the birthplace of Niagara Falls, we highly recommend a visit to Queenston Heights.
When you first arrive, you’ll be greeted by bedded gardens, which are redesigned annually to create a welcoming atmosphere for new and return visitors alike. For generations, those who love the outdoors have enjoyed picnics and hikes throughout this revered park. There are areas where children can play and couples can relax, and the park intersects with the Bruce Trail, so dependent on how rigorous an adventure you’re looking for, you can take advantage of Queenston Heights convenient locality to many points of interest.
You have the option to book a picnic pavilion or, if you’d rather leave the preparation up to someone else, enjoy local cuisine and award-winning VQA wine at the Queenston Heights Restaurant.
Château Des Charmes
If you’re interested in food and wine and you want to retain the romance of a traditional picnic, splurge on a “Picnic Made for Two” at the Château Des Charmes Winery. You and your partner will enjoy a guided tour of one of the Niagara Region’s most picturesque wineries. Take in the lush landscape, which produces some of the region’s finest wines and then arrive at your private bistro table where you’ll discover a very elevated version of what one may imagine comes in a picnic basket.
Queen’s Landing’s Executive Chef, Marc Lyons, will treat you to a gourmet sandwich, greens and a tasty dessert – the perfect sampling of local foods to go with your glass of Château Des Charmes wine. This is the ultimate wine and dine experience for anyone who celebrates being young (at heart) and in love.
Try something different – you won’t be disappointed.
Don’t forget, there is beauty in simplicity. Each of these Niagara-on-the-Lake picnic spots will bring you back to a place where romance can blossom and you can make beautiful memories with those who appreciate the simpler side of life.