Gallery-hopping at Canada's renowned Niagara on the Lake
Kick off your enchanting vacation to Niagara on the Lake with a stroll down Picton Street. You will pass the luxurious Prince of Wales Hotel, the grand Clock Tower, and the shopping district.
Continue walking until you’ve reached 177 King Street. Surrounded by maple trees, bushes and bright pink flowers is the former home (now art gallery) of world-renowned painter Trisha Romance. An open-door invites Niagara on the Lake residents and tourists to take a gander at the artwork that took Canadians by storm. The hanging art portrays several winter nights, and depicts Niagara on the Lake at its finest. Images of the Clock Tower covered by a snowy dusting, and sidewalks imprinted with footsteps and sled trails, come together to create one of Romance's most famous pieces: Candlelight Stroll.
Art buffs will also want to venture over to the King Street Gallery. This intimate gallery is situated at 153 King Street, and is housed in one of the oldest buildings in Niagara on the Lake: the Masonic Lodge. Dedicated to exclusive works, including Olivier Henley, Normand-Ferland, and two-time Canadian Artist of the Year recipient, Chantal Poulin. Poulin's works are a definite must-see for any tourist. Her pieces showcase Niagara on the Lake's landscape with emphasis on the vineyards and agricultural settings.
Exhausted after wandering the quaint streets, it is a good time to catch a horse drawn carriage ride over to the heart of Niagara on the Lake and visit to one of the largest galleries in the area: the Angie Strauss Gallery. Located at 125 Queen Street—Niagara on the Lake’s most historic street—this gallery features paintings, prints and cards made with watercolours and oils by the famous Impressionist artist. Strauss’ gallery pops with colour as her art displays true object appearances and unique colour saturation.
When to Go to Niagara On The Lake
If you’re looking for a quieter and cheaper time to visit Niagara on the Lake, the winter months (November–March) might accommodate you better. Carriage rides, tours, and the galleries run year-round. Some Niagara on the Lake businesses have different summer and winter hours, so be sure to always check hours of operation before you go.
Odds n' Ends
If you're looking for a horse drawn carriage to take you from gallery to gallery, Sentineal Carriages takes reservations for tours, weddings and parties. They welcome group tours and offer special rates for advanced bookings.
The Romance Collection Gallery is closed on Mondays. It is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. everyday except Sundays when it opens at 1 p.m.
The Angie Strauss Gallery is open 7 days a week, all year round (except Christmas Day and New Years day). The gallery does suggest calling for store hours before coming.
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