Enjoy the best view in Niagara-on-the-Lake!

The Old Bank House Bed and Breakfast Inn is at the corner of Front and King streets, one of the most picturesque and convenient locations in Old Town.

Our guests enjoy both indoor and outdoor spaces during their stay. Book with us and linger over a gourmet breakfast in our dining area, take in the gorgeous view from our front and side terraces, or curl up with a cup of tea (or glass of wine) in our cozy living room.

Steeped in history, our two-storey Georgian building was built in 1817 as the first branch of the Bank of Canada. It has operated as an inn for more than a century and even hosted the Prince and Princess of Wales in 1902. In 2005, the Old Bank House hosted HRH Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine Karadjordjevic of Yugoslavia during a humanitarian mission.

Today, it's a charming bed-and-breakfast inn featuring nine comfortable suites, each with ensuite bath. The Old Bank House overlooks Queen's Royal Park at the mouth of the Niagara River. Our location is steps away from the Shaw Festival Theatre, Queen Street shopping district, fine restaurants, North America's oldest golf course, parks and walking trails. It is a short drive to Niagara wineries, craft breweries, the Niagara River Parkway and its scenic route to Niagara Falls along the Niagara River.

All guest rooms are comfortably appointed with private ensuite bath. We offer free WiFi, cable TV, central air, and parking (available first come, first served on-site; or on-street via arrangement with management). Breakfast is served at 9 am daily. Dinner service for guests may be offered by prior arrangement; let us know when you check in.

Check-in is between 4 pm and 8 pm. Check out is at 11 am.

For reservations, we recommend that you contact us directly by phone (toll free) at 1.877.468.7136 or via email at oldbankhouse@bell.net.
 

About Niagara-on-the-Lake

Niagara-on-the-Lake, winner of the Prettiest Town in Canada award, is the site of the old Neutral Indian village or Onigahara. It was settled at the close of the American Revolution by United Empire Loyalists who came to Upper Canada. Many of these settlers had been members of the fearsome Butler's Rangers, based at Fort Niagara during the Revolutionary War, which was then under British control.

In 1781, the British government purchased land from the Mississagua Indians; a strip of land six miles wide along the western bank of the Niagara River purchased for "300 suits of clothing." By 1782, 16 families had become established and had cleared 236 acres. In 1791, part of the military reserve at the mouth of the river was chosen as the future town site. In 1792, Newark ( as it was named by Lieutenant-Governor John Graves Simcoe) became the first capital of the newly created colony of Upper Canada. The legislature met here for five sessions, until Governor Simcoe moved the capital to York (now Toronto). By 1796, 70 new homes had been built and the town continued to prosper as the economic, administrative, and judicial centre for the Niagara Peninsula. The physical appearance of the town( with the exception of the powder magazine at Fort George) was virtually erased by the burning of the town by the Americans during the War of 1812.

Niagara was rebuilt and quickly became an active commercial centre, with a busy shipping and ship-building industry as well as numerous shops and warehouses. The beautiful old homes lining the tree-shaded streets today attest to the prosperity of its earlier citizens.

More than two centuries after its founding, Niagara-on-the-Lake hums with a different kind of traffic. Its many attractions include historic sites like Fort George and the Historical Society Museum; the Shaw Festival with its three theatres; the marina yacht club and Niagara River jet boat tours; the heritage business district with its shops, galleries, and restaurants; parks and recreation trails; and Canada's richest agricultural land -- home to beautiful orchards, famous Niagara wineries, and farmers markets.