Niagara-on-the-LakeNagara On The Lake, Canada
Traditional Neighbourhood Developments
This new community is adjacent to the historic town from which it takes its name and design inspiration. Niagara-on-the-Lake, situated on the south shore of Lake Ontario was once voted “Canada’s Prettiest Town”. As the historic town receives a growing number of tourists and part-time residents attracted to its theater offerings, the new community is accommodating townspeople seeking a year-round community.
The Village center overlooks a long curving green, facing Route 55 and a vineyard across the road. A clock tower as long-distance marker, and a series of buildings with ground floor retail and offices and housing above, define the green that frequently hosts community events. Parking concealed behind the retail is shared with the hotel, live-works and townhouses gathered around a paved square, serving as a transition into the residential neighborhood streets beyond. Formal greens along the streets connect to roads outside the community and a network of informal greens connects to a regional network of open space.
- Commercial sustainability: town green with retail engaging a regional audience
- Community diversity: a variety of housing
Defining Design Details
- Pedestrian focus: network of small streets connecting neighborhoods and town center
- Placemaking diversity: a town green and the adjacent town square serve a variety of public programs
Is Watercolour Westport the Ottawa-area's “Niagara-On-The-Lake” community? Author of the article:
From: Ottawa CitizenBy: Jenny Febbraro
New Urbanism trend integrates sustainability and livable communities
From: The Globe and MailBy: DAVID ISRAELSON