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With COVID-19 now confirmed in Niagara-on-the-Lake, The Lake Report has dedicated a section for news and information on how you can help prevent the spread in our community.

Click below to be directed to our dedicated COVID-19 section by Dr. William Brown.


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Niagara Now

The Lake Report is Niagara-on-the-Lake's most respected source of local news.

All content within the paper is related to NOTL and its residents, and is delivered to every residence in town, free of charge. Residents aren't afraid to say we've quickly become NOTL's go-to spot to find out what's going on in their hometown.


Niagara Now

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Niagara Now

Niagara Now is the parent company of The Lake Report, owned independently by editor Richard Harley, a lifelong NOTL resident. Our motto is to provide the best news and entertainment for the people of the Niagara region.

Niagara Now - News that hits home.


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Real journalism

Real journalism

Niagara Now is run by journalists who constantly strive to meet the highest standards of integrity

 in reporting. Quality journalism is something

 we take seriously. This means being accurate, not bombarding people with unlabelled sponsored ads, or promotional material. But real, accurate, informative news, told in a compelling way. 

More about us.


Where can I find The Lake Report?

Find copies of The Lake Report bi-weekly at our office, the community centre, or at many local businesses, including the Sandtrap Pub & Grill, Mori Gardens, Simpson's Pharmacy, and many more.

Who owns Niagara Now and The Lake Report?

Niagara Now and The Lake Report are owned by Niagara-on-the-Lake resident Harley Davidson, who uses the pen name Richard Harley for his writing. Davidson is a lifelong NOTL resident and generational local, who believes every town needs a print news source for residents — one that isn't mixed with regional content, owned by big corporations, or muddied down with hefty fees.

Davidson founded The Lake Report in April 2018 and helped launch Niagara Now in 2017, taking over sole ownership of the company in April 2018.

More about Niagara Now

Niagara Now is a daily regional news site focusing on the Niagara Region. Currently Niagara Now consists of a small team of dedicated journalists who strive to cover all of Niagara's individual municipalities. Due to limited resources, there is currently a heavy focus on Niagara-on-the-Lake.

I'm interested in advertising.

We're happy to hear it — whether it's online or through our print editions, Niagara Now and The Lake Report can help your business get seen. boasts a proud following of more than 40,000 visitors monthly, and The Lake Report currently prints 10,000 copies distributed weekly to every house, farm and apartment in Niagara-on-the-Lake. With such a dedicated readership, as expressed by letters received regularly, our advertising options are some of the most effective around. As well, our sponsored story options have the potential to let thousands of people know about your business.

For inquiries, email

What's the plan?

The Lake Report will celebrate its two-year anniversary May 1. We're proud of the work we've done and the support we've received so far. It's clear residents of the NOTL community wanted a local paper, and we are happy to continually hear that we provide top-quality news. We will continue to bring great content to Niagara-on-the-Lake. We will keep our copies free for as long as possible. For those interested in supporting The Lake Report, donations can be sent through e-transfer to or through PayPal by visiting

Story ideas & job applications.

Niagara Now is currently looking for volunteers who would like to help the community by growing its local newspaper. For those interested in helping out, send an email to or call us at 905.359.2270.

Contact Us

Have a story idea or a letter to the editor?

Send us a message and let us know what's on your mind.


Advertising inquiries can be sent to Rob Lamond at or by calling 905.246.4671

We try to respond to all emails within 72 hours. If you do not receive a response by then, we will get to you. We're a very small (but dedicated) staff and we do our best to respond to all emails. 

The Lake Report & Niagara NOW Ltd.

496 Mississauga St, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario, Canada (Unit 2)

Editorial staff: 905.359.2270 Advertising: 905.246.4671