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Bank of Upper Canada (Old Bank House) Inn
This warm welcoming Georgian-style inn was once the Bank of Upper Canada, which was built in 1817. The financial branch became of great importance in the Niagara-on-the-lake area after the War of 1812. It has been noted that the Old Bank House Inn was one of the first commercial historic country inns, which has now been operating for over 100 years.
Now accommodating 9 luxurious suites, the Old Bank House Inn provides a cozy home away from home environment. Each suite is unique, luxurious, and offers scenic views of Lake Ontario and/or the Niagara River.
Nestled in the heart of the historical town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, the Bank of Upper Canada Inn is situated in perfect walking distance to the main downtown area. It is also right across the street from Queen’s Royal Park and Simcoe Park, which provide lovely walks and scenic views.
QEW exit 38B, (Hwy. 55 exit), Niagara-on-the-Lake
Left (north) on Glendale Avenue and drive over the QEW overpass
Left (west) on York Road at lights and service centre with washrooms
Right (north) on Niagara Stone Road/Regional Road 55
Right (east) on Queen Street
Left (north) on King Street
Left on Front Street, where The Old Bank House is located at # 10
From Niagara Falls:
River Road/Niagara River Parkway north towards Niagara-on-the-Lake
Left (west) on John Street East (Kurtz Orchards will be on corner)
Right (north) on King Street
Right on Front Street, the Old Bank House is located at #10
This historical landmark is of great heritage importance for the Niagara region, due to its architectural design and historical details. The Old Bank House played an important role for the citizens of Niagara-on-the-Lake back in the 19th century. It was built in 1817 by Thomas Racey, and made specifically to operate as a financial institution.
According to Peter Strokes, the restoration architect, the two-story Georgian-style inn still has the remains of the vault within the basement of the house.
The Old Bank House has accommodated many individuals, as well as had many individual owners. The Old Bank House is said to have hosted the Prince and Princess of Wales in 1902, as well as HRH Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine Karadiordievic of Yugoslavia in 2005. Notable owners of the property include, Samuel Street (merchant), Thomas McCormick (manager, Bank of Canada), Lewis Shickluna (shipbuilder), Henry Garrett and J Geale Dickson.