Two hundred years of history is waiting for you at Niagara-on-the-Lake and it gets better and better every year. When my kids were young we made a day trip of seeing historic Fort George combined with the wonder of Niagara Falls. It is an easy jaunt from most points in southern Ontario and there are many stops for foods, parkland or shopping.
Today, we made the trek again but this time the Shaw Festival was the draw where Alice and Wonderland filled the Festival Theatre with grand costumes and a stage set that was like a magical illusion. “Alice” is the timeless tale of young girl exploring her imagination while growing up and coming to terms with the reality of the world. Wit and humour is cleverly woven throughout the dialogue and the musical interludes liven the script. Icons like the Queen of Hearts had a strong presence on the stage and both young and old learn life lessons as Alice questions the “rules of the court”. It was inspiring to see young and old enjoying the performing arts which is a treasure in our digital society.
After the show, stroll through the old town and stop for homemade ice cream at COWS or pick up some local fresh jams from Greaves and savoury sauces at Kurtz. For a town that was founded in 1816, it continues to be an energetic hub and refreshing get-away. Take a look at the Shaw Festival’s season line up today and start planning!