A Pretty Picnic in Niagara On The Lake

Spending a lazy sunny Sunday close to home is high on my list these days! I am blessed that we have such a beautiful community and I highly recommend if you ever get the chance, to come for a picnic in Niagara On The Lake!

Compostable flatware and cloth napkins for a picnic

If you know me at all, you know how much I love a beautifully set table. So, when I am packing for a picnic in the park, I also pack some pretty things to make it extra special!

Sunday was a glorious day here in Niagara. The sun was shining, a light breeze was blowing and the temperatures were perfection. And, no humidity!!

If you are coming for a picnic in Niagara on the Lake plan to get there as early in the day as possible, especially if you prefer a picnic table or bench, as tourists flock to the town and the tables are snapped up pretty quickly.

Sailboat passes a pretty picnic table near the lake

We often walk through this park with the dogs and stop on the benches to enjoy the view, and today we got there just in time to snag a perfect picnic table. This is Queen’s Royal Park and it is the best place with a view of the Niagara river as it meets Lake Ontario, and Old Fort Niagara across the river in New York.

Boxed picnic lunch and flowers

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What to Pack For a Picnic

So, what exactly do I take along with me on our summer picnics?

I don’t want to be lugging around too many coolers, etc. so I do keep it simple, starting with my favourite picnic basket. It is quite large and I can easily pack 4 plates, glasses, napkins, and cutlery for four.

To carry the food, drinks, table cloth and flowers and vases I use a sturdy square tote with a handle. It holds a lot of weight and the square shape makes it easy to pack it full!

As far as picnic food goes, this is where I keep it really simple! Today for instance, I packed up these boxes with some easy to tote picnic fare:

  • Chickpea and Dill Salad Sandwich
  • A selection of three cheeses that I had on hand including Five year aged cheddar, mild cheddar and a wedge of brie
  • A little jar packed with some fresh peaches that I diced and cooked up with a bit of brown sugar
  • A couple of different types of crackers
  • Mixed nuts contained in a cupcake liner
  • A big Empire Cookie (my favourite) and a little vanilla lace cookie
Picnic by the lake with a boxed lunch

One could easily pack a large salad to accompany the “charcuterie” boxes, but on their own they are very filling!

Sandwich, fruit, cheese and crackers in a box
peach salsa in tiny jars

I prefer individual bottles of sparkling water over larger bottles. They add to the decor of the table and everyone has their own! Plus, the glass is recyclable.

picnic in Niagara On The Lake Queen's Royal Park

When setting a picnic table, I keep things very simple and with the exception of vibrant colourful blooms, the green bottles and pink placemats add a hint of colour. I love how the flowers pop against the blue water of the lake and the sky!

The flowers are all from my garden. I wrap the ends in a wet paper towel and wrap them in newspaper. Bring a small wine carafe or a mason jar and add plunk them in with some water!

And, if you ever question whether it is worth the effort to bring flowers to a picnic, the answer is a resounding yes! One simple way to elevate the everyday!

Fresh flowers on a picnic table near the lake
Picnic in Niagara On The Lake

Tips For a Waste Free Picnic

Whenever we head out for a picnic, I always make sure that we leave no waste behind. Here are a few tips to have your own waste free picnic

  • Use reusable dishes, glasses and cloth napkins
  • Wrap the glasses in the napkins to prevent breakage
  • Use compostable flatware
  • Pack food in compostable cardboard boxes or reusable glass/tupperware containers
  • If using cardboard boxes, line them with compostable parchment paper and you will be able to use them over and over again
  • Bring along a small compost bag and put all the leftover food and compostable waste right into the bag to bring home and pop into your green box
compostable flatware for picnics
A view of the Niagara River where it meets Lake Ontario

I really encourage you to make your own picnic a relaxing place to spend the day. Bring a blanket or two to cushion the bench or to lay out and relax on after lunch.

I have to admit our picnic table is always a head turner! So many people wandered by and commented on how pretty it is, or how they wish they were sitting at our picnic table!

How wonderful it would be if it inspires them to elevate their next picnic experience! It is after all, the little things!

I posted these tips for a simple picnic a while ago and it is another example of an uncomplicated picnic that really elevates the everyday!

Niagara On The Lake picnic in the park

I really hope that I have offered you some tips for a relaxing and stylish picnic experience. There is nothing better than spending a sunny afternoon at the park enjoying food, fun and family!

Until next time…


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  1. What a lovely picnic Maureen! I love your boxes of goodies and attention to detail. The lake behind is perfect for a picnic.

    A few weeks ago, I had a few friends over and made box lunches (see post https://www.meandmycaptain.com/2021/07/sometimes-girls-…nd-about-nothing) as I love picnics! (Great minds think alike.) I even packed the sandwich in an old fashioned bag with waxed paper. LOL

    Enjoy the rest of your summer…I am certainly. going to have more picnics in my future. 😉

  2. As always, I thoroughly enjoy your posts. Being from Niagara myself, it’s so nice to see our bautiful area in the spotlight.

  3. Love everything Maureen! Such beautiful flowers !! Niagara on the Lake is a favourite although I like it in the fall when it’s less busy. I would love to have a wonderful picnic like yours in autumn! Thanks for sharing!

  4. This is taking “picnic” to a new level! BRAVO!! Niagara on the Lake is so picturesque! What a lovely spot to enjoy such a lovely picnic! Now, when the temps lower, I want to go on a pretty picnic!!