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About The Great Lakes

History of Lake Ontario

Olcott Lighthouse

Bordered by Ontario, Canada and New York, Lake Ontario is the easternmost of the Great Lakes and is nestled between the mighty Niagara River to the west and the St. Lawrence River Valley to its east. Like all of the Great Lakes, Lake Ontario as it is known today was the result of glacial shifting and warming of the earth’s climate at the end of the most recent ice age about 13,000 years ago.

When the first settlers arrived, the lake became a hub of commercial activity following the War of 1812 and became a major passage of transportation, trade and a fresh water source. Major battles occurred on and around the lake and many ships have sank, taking the crew down with them. You can still now find thousands of sunken ships on the bed of Lake Ontario.

Over the years Lake Ontario has transformed from just a mode of transportation to a major resource for fun and recreation for residents and visitors to the area. Lake Ontario is lined with many activities, historic sites and events. There’s no end to the fun and adventure the lake has to offer, and now there is no better time to start exploring!

Scenic Journey along Lake Ontario’s Edge

sailboat

If you’re planning a trip to Niagara Falls, a scenic journey to Lake Ontario is well worth the 20 minute drive. Spring and summer are the perfect time to enjoy the sparkling Lake Ontario and all of the amazing activities that go along with it!

Take the Seaway Trail starting from Niagara Falls and travel beside the shores of Lake Ontario. Along the way you will find outstanding lake views, and many opportunities for outdoor recreation and activities.

You will also come across the lake towns of Youngstown, Wilson, Olcott, Newfane and Somerset. Be sure to stop by and visit these picturesque small towns that sit on the banks of Lake Ontario.

Along Lake Ontario you will find many state parks that offer picnicking, swimming, hiking, biking, birding, fishing, and camping located right on the lake. There are also many points along the lake shore that offer great fishing hotspots. Book a charter tour or fish off the many arenas located on the shorelines or book an all-day sailing adventure on Lake Ontario with Liberty Excursions!

The microclimatic effects from Lake Ontario contribute to a perfect climate for fruit-growing and wine-making. While exploring the shores of Lake Ontario you will also see a rural landscape with active farms, orchards and wineries. Niagara USA is home to an award-winning wine trail (Niagara Wine Trail) with over 20 wineries!

Be sure not to miss the historic sites along the shore and learn about how Lake Ontario played a major role in history! You will also find restaurants, farm markets, and various shopping spots.

Book a vacation rental or bed and breakfast on Lake Ontario and enjoy a true getaway with days of world class fishing, boating, sailing, swimming, or just relaxing lakeside with spectacular views, sunsets, and star-filled night skies.

There are endless opportunities for fun on Lake Ontario, be sure not to miss out!

 

 

 

Niagara Tourism & Convention Corporation
10 Rainbow Boulevard
Niagara Falls, NY 14303
1-877-FALLS-US

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