Looking for the perfect way to spend your day? You’ll have to head to the charming village of Jordan Ontario. This tiny village is often overlooked as travellers speed right past it on the QEW towards the popular Niagara-on-the-Lake. Trust me, it’s worth the detour.
Wondering what to do in Jordan Ontario? Keep reading and you’ll just see how amazing it is!
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Where is Jordan Ontario
First things first, where is Jordan exactly?
Jordan Station Ontario is a tiny community located on the eastern edge of the town of Lincoln in the Niagara Region.
The village of Jordan, Ontario is bordered by Twenty Mile Creek and Vineland. It’s in the heart of the rural wine country! Long country roads lined on both sides with farmland and the odd house or two. Not to mention the beautiful Niagara escarpment that makes for stunning hiking and waterfall catching.
The location is ideal! It sits about 100 km from Toronto and 65 km from Buffalo. That means the town of Jordan Ontario is a popular destination with Ontarians and Americans. It also lies very close to the charming town of Niagara on the Lake.
6 Things to Do in the Village of Jordan
#1 Visit the best local bakery
Let’s start your fun-filled things to do in Jordan Station with a visit to RPM Bakehouse. Trust me when I say, it’s worth the drive! The RPM Bakehouse menu is known for its bread and pastries this bakery is sure to delight. Order to-go or better yet enjoy your delicious treat on their relaxed outdoor patio.
I highly recommend the quiche, one of the best I’ve ever tasted, it was so light and creamy almost as if it was a soufflé. Browse the grocery items all from locally sourced merchants, including coffee roasters, craft beer, seasonal juices, and cheese.
Now that you’re ready to explore Jordan Village!
# 2 Browse the Shops on Jordan Village Main Street
The main street of Jordan Village is tiny but oh-so-charming. The Jordan village shops offer an array of unique shops and boutiques.
Strolling the tree-lined street and you will find a couple of art galleries, gift shops, and fashion boutiques, along with a hat shop and jewelry boutique.
Cave Spring Cellars offers a boutique wine-tasting room and a shop right in the centre of the main street.
Visit on a Wednesday and you can add the Jordan Village Farmers Market to your list of top things to do in Jordan Ontario too. From 2:30-6:30 pm, local farmers gather to offer their seasonal fruit and baked goods (in the main parking lot of the village).
#3 Relax at a Spa
Who doesn’t love a relaxing day at the spa? Whether it’s reconnecting as a couple, catching up with girlfriends, or pampering yourself, the place to go is Spa on the Twenty.
Choose from the full-service spa options of body or face treatments or a relaxing massage located in a century-old building.
Or, better yet make it the ultimate relaxing weekend getaway and add overnight accommodation and dining at the elegant vintage hotel, Inn on the Twenty. One of the best restaurants in Jordan is part of this boutique hotel.
Location: 3845 Main Street, Jordan
#4 Visit Jordan Historical Museum
Learn about the early settlement by the United Empire Loyalists in the late 1700s.
The Jordan Historical Museum uses storytelling and photographs to give you a sense of what life would have been like for the early settlers, many of which were of German descent and Mennonites.
It’s comprised of two historical buildings – the 1859 School House and the 1815 Fry House – with scenic views over the incredible Twenty Valley.
Location 3800 Main Street, Jordan Station
#5 Go Antique Hunting
Go treasure hunting at Refabulous, an antique shop that features restoring, refurbishing, and renewing older pieces.
Most of the fine furniture items come from either Quebec or US. Located in an impressive stone house from 1831, take your time perusing the many wonderful pieces that have been so lovingly restored by the owner Stacey.
Open Saturdays and by chance other days of the week, or inquire to book an appointment.
Location: 3738 Main Street, Jordan
#6 Grab an Ice Cream
Before you leave the main street of Jordan Village make sure you stop at this cute ice cream and old-fashion bakeshop.
Tay’s Treats is a definite treat! Pies, cream puffs, cinnamon buns, cupcakes, and more! But it was the ice cream that got my attention, especially on a warm summer’s day.
Location: 3771 Nineteenth Street, Jordan
Go Wine Tasting at Jordan Ontario Wineries
You can’t visit Jordan Station without visiting some of its best wineries.
Jordan is situated on Niagara Peninsula known for its prime area for growing grapes. This area is Ontario’s largest producer of wine as it stretches from Niagara Falls to Hamilton. The major industry in Jordan is wine-tasting tourism, but it pales in comparison to the much bigger draw of the wineries in the Niagara-on-the-Lake area.
This is my favourite area for wine tours as it’s far more scenic and a lot less busy.
Let’s check out the recommended wineries in Jordan Ontario things to do.
- Honsberger Estate Winery – a 6th generation cherry and apple orchard family farm was replaced with Cabernet Franc and Riesling vines and they’ve never looked back. Go to this winery for the experience as well as the delicious wines. Former barns have been turned into a cozy tasting and dining room, but in the fairer weather, enjoy the quiet farm setting of the large outdoor terrace complete with a wood-burning pizza oven and a gelato bar.
- Pearl Morissette Estate Winery – reminiscent of classic French wines – go to this winery and enjoy a refined full-bodied Cabernet Franc or Chardonnay. The RPM Bakery is an extension of this winery- so their passion for good food and wine is why you need to seek them out.
- Creekside Estate Winery – known for its Sauvignon Blanc and Syrah as their signature wines go to Creekside for its fun, friendly atmosphere, where even dogs are welcome too. The laid-back vibes make you feel like you are in a friend’s backyard for a BBQ. Charcuterie boards are the best way to sample their wines, but you might be tempted by the amazing Creekside Kitchen menu.
- Calamus Estate Wines – set in a charming heritage barn from the early 1800s, this winery is off-the-beaten-path and close to Balls Falls. Go to this winery for its scenic backdrop and very own hiking trails as you sip on its best wines from Pinot Gris, Riesling, and Cabernet grapes. Check out their special events, like the stargazing in partnership with the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada: Niagara Centre.
Jordan Station Things to Do Nearby
Visit the must-see Ball’s Falls
Want to know what to do in Jordan Station Ontario? A visit to Ball’s Falls will keep you busy for hours! Set in the picturesque Twenty Valley, Ball’s Falls Conservation Area is the top thing to do in Jordan for nature lovers.
Start your visit at the protected 19th-century hamlet of the original Ball family homestead with an operating flour mill, a lime kiln, a church, a blacksmith shop, and a carriage shed. Learn how Jacob, Peter, and Thomas Ball, all lieutenants in Butlers Rangers, were granted a large parcel of land by the Crown. The Ball brothers first built a grist mill by a 27-metre-tall waterfall in the early 1800s.
Popular activities at Ball’s Falls are hiking, birdwatching, fishing, geocaching, and of course checking out the Ball’s Falls. Lots of green space make this the perfect place for a picnic, and it’s entirely dog friendly.
This is also a popular spot for photography. However, a photography permit is required for all engagement, wedding, and family photoshoots. A parking day pass of $8 is required to access the park.
Stop at Fruit Orchard
Take the scenic route! Well, that’s so easy, as no matter what route you take to get to Jordan you’re bound to be surrounded by orchards, wineries, and garden centres.
As a side trip, keep your eyes open for fruit and flower stands at the side of the road. Stop in and get your fill of seasonal fruit freshly picked that day. Pineview Orchards is the largest fruit-growing farm in Jordan. Everything from apples, cherries, peaches, and pear trees can be seen from the road, along with every vegetable and herb you can think of.
Location: 4198 Jordan Road, Jordan
Ontario Day Trip Inspiration
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As a holidaymaker
So that’s how you spend one lovely day in Jordan Station. As you can see there is no shortage of things to do in Jordan Ontario.
Like any small town, their local activities and festivals are worth seeking out, especially the annual Twenty Valley Winter Winefest and the magical Jordan Village Christmas.