Niagara-on-the-Lake is considering officially getting the ball rolling to be designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. However, there is discussion from representatives, such as town councilors, about how much it could cost to launch the process.
Niagara-on-the-Lake has appointed a local UNESCO committee to research the feasibility of an application to be placed on a tentative list with Parks Canada and has given them a $30,000 budget for the application process and research.
The areas being discussed for the application include the Niagara-on-the-Lake township and land area along the Niagara River from the Old Town to Queenston Heights as they are rich in historic and cultural significance.
Some of the committee members believe the UNESCO designation will increase the volume of tourists to the area. They also believe it may draw in well-educated tourists who will stay longer in the area and spend more money – boosting the local economy. Another positive economic results could be a boost in real estate values – particularly inside the UNESCO zone.
Niagara-on-the-Lake already draws in an estimated 2.5 – 3 million tourists per year. It is a very popular stop for tourists who want to admire the colonial architecture and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of the quant little town – which is often referred to as the prettiest town in Canada.
Niagara on the Lake Tours is one of the very few tour operators to offer a full day tour to Niagara-on-the-Lake from Toronto. Most other tour operators only stop in Niagara-on-the-Lake for around 45 minutes or so, but we can offer you a whole day in this beautiful town. We also offer a full day winery tour every Saturday. This tour includes stops at 4 top Niagara-on-the-Lake wineries with at least 3 wine tastings per winery. Private tours are also available.