The Niagara Peninsula
is the portion of Ontario, Canada
lying on the south shore of Lake Ontario
. It stretches from the Niagara River
in the east to approximately Hamilton, Ontario
in the west. Lake Ontario
lies to the north and Lake Erie
to the south.
The area has a thriving tourist industry, thanks to the Niagara Escarpment and especially Niagara Falls. It is also a significant wine-growing area. Several battles were fought there in the War of 1812.
The Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW) highway runs along the shore of Lake Ontario. Towns in the region include St. Catharines, Niagara Falls and Niagara On The Lake.