Moving to Niagara, or even from city to city within Niagara, can require a little bit of research so you know as much as possible about your new home. Luckily, we are here to help! We’ve put together this guide to Niagara to help you get all of the details you need.

There are 12 municipalities in Niagara, each with their own appeal. Here is a quick summary of each city or town to help you narrow down your search.


St. Catharines

St. Catharines is the largest city in the Niagara Region and is home to a thriving downtown core, Niagara’s largest shopping centre, Brock University, and the lakeside village of Port Dalhousie. The city also hosts the region’s OHL team, the Niagara Ice Dogs, and the CEBL team, the Niagara River Lions.


Niagara Falls

This border town is home to the famous Niagara Falls and attracts millions of tourists every year. Beside the Falls are the fun family activities on Clifton Hill. However, Niagara Falls is more than just tourism- it is home to many large-scale events and big-name concerts at the Casino.



Located between St. Catharines and Niagara Falls, Thorold has been a rapidly growing city in recent years. Many developments are underway, with a revamped downtown core and a rising student population. Trails, parks, and historical sites add diversity to this area.



Niagara-on-the-Lake is the oldest town in Niagara. Step into the 19th-century village of Old Town or visit the historic forts such as Fort George and you will see living proof of the region’s history. The town is also known for its picturesque views, award-winning wineries, world-famous Shaw Festival, gourmet restaurants, and quaint boutique shops.



Welland is one of the most central locations in the Niagara Region and home to one of the Niagara College campuses. Traditionally known for its industry and contribution to the development of the Region, the city includes many parks, trails, and family-friendly neighbourhoods to enjoy.


Fort Erie

Surrounded by the sparkling waters of Lake Erie, Fort Erie sits just across the river from the United States and includes the quaint community of Crystal Beach. The historic Old Fort Erie is still open and active for visitation.


Port Colborne

Sitting at the very south end of the Welland Canal on the shores of Lake Erie, Port Colborne provides a variety of outdoor activities to enjoy, from fishing and boating to the Humberstone Speedway. In the winter, enjoy many of the shopping, dining, and museums.



Pelham is nestled on the picturesque Niagara Escarpment and offers a pristine landscape, with nature conservation areas, hiking trails, and many opportunities to enjoy the view. It’s also home to Canada’s oldest surviving Sugar Maple tree.



The town of Grimsby is bordered by Lake Ontario and the Niagara Escarpment and offers a unique blend of industry, agriculture, and development. At one point it was the hub of Niagara’s orchards and fruit industry; now it’s also home to many of the region’s wineries.



Similar to Grimsby, Lincoln is home to many of Niagara’s well-known wineries, vineyards, golf courses, and agricultural lands. It includes some of the region’s “fruit belt” communities such as Beamsville, Vineland, and Jordan.

West Lincoln

Located just west of Lincoln, along Highway 20 between Wainfleet and Grimsby, sits the township of West Lincoln. This area is home to some urban areas near Highway 20, as well as Smithville and other small rural communities.



This small, rural township is often overlooked compared to the larger and busier cities and towns of the Niagara Region. However, it has an ever-growing tourism appeal thanks to Long Beach conservation area and the historic Marshville Heritage Village.


The best thing about Niagara is that each city is different from the other, and each provides its own set of great qualities. Take it from some of the top producing agents in Niagara- we know the region inside and out and are always willing to help our clients learn more about everything there is to offer. All you have to do is get in touch!