Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights 2014

Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights

It’s one of the most wonderful times of the year in Niagara Falls starting on November 15th and running until January 12th, 2015 (sing with us).

The 32nd annual Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights (a.k.a. Winter Festival of Lights to us local folk) is just 12 days away. It’s definitely an exciting annual event that we all look forward to every year. It’s the official start of the holiday season and the largest Illumination Festival in Canada. The city flicks on their “magic” light switch and Niagara Falls becomes alive with over 3 Million twinkling lights and over 125 animated displays.

Don’t miss an “all new” opening ceremonies on Saturday, November 15th in Queen Victoria Park. This year is full of excitement starting at 6pm.

Opening Ceremonies

Starting at 6pm – Acrobats from Zero Gravity Circus will perform on a circular stage set up in the centre of Queen Victoria Park. Magic will happen right before your eyes! Featuring cirque performers including an aerial hoop artist high above the ground showcasing feats of high-flying precision & aerial contortion. The cirque performance will conclude with highly skilled fire masters who will put on stunning demonstrations of immaculate control & brilliant fiery artistry including: fire poi spinning, fire torches and so much more. The artists complex tricks will weave illuminated patterns of fire to hypnotic effect, so don’t forget to bring your camera!

Following the cirque performance the official “Flip of the Switch” ceremony will illuminate millions of lights and spark off a fantastic fireworks display over the Falls.

For those who miss the 6 pm show, Zero Gravity Circus will perform their magic again at 7 pm complete with fireworks but without the flip of the switch.

Check out the breathtaking Fireworks display at the Opening Ceremonies. Local music composer, Nathan Chamberland, composed and recorded the Orchestral score for this mesmerizing masterpiece.


Dufferin Islands

Visitors will be awed with 13 new Canadian Wildlife displays (both modern and prehistoric), including: a moose and buffalo, howling wolves, charging rams, bears, beavers, whales, deer, and dinosaurs that roamed the land millions of years ago. This winter wonderland also includes displays of aboriginal life as well as the popular Noah’s Ark display. New this year, there will be a 20 foot tall illumination, called the Soma, designed to resemble a waterfall. This is the perfect illuminated display to take your holiday selfies. There will be a large illuminated water feature in the middle of the pond and the trees will be lit in projection lighting that will change colours in sync with music.

A special treat this year are Friday and Saturday night visits (5:30 – 7:30pm) from Santa until Dec. 21 – then he has to go make final preparations for his big day!

Also, if you tune into 100.5 FM during your drive through Dufferin Islands you will enjoy Christmas music to get you in the festive mood.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to Hit Clifton 

Very exciting news for families and TMNT fans! The Ontario Power Generation Festival of Lights has partnered with Paramount Canada this year! There will be a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle illuminated display at the top of Clifton Hill, which will be unveiled on Dec. 12th at 7pm. Featuring your favourite turtles: Leonardo, Raphael, Michaelangelo and Donatello. Besides this exciting new light display, there will also be a special screening of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle film at the Ripley’s 4D Moving Theatre on Clifton Hill and all the lights will be green on December 16th.

Fireworks and Falls Illumination Schedule

At 9pm every Friday night between November 21st and January 9th, the sky over the Horseshoe and American Falls will be lit up with a stunning fireworks performance. You will see as many as 20 fireworks shows this season.

2014-15 Niagara Falls Winter Fireworks over the Falls Performance Schedule!

Saturday November 15th two shows as part of the OPG Winter Fesitval of Lights Opening Ceremonies

Friday evenings in November: 21st & 28th

Friday evenings in December: 5th, 12th, 19th

Nightly Fireworks Shows: December 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 25th & 26th

Friday evenings in January: 2nd & 9th

All performances take place at 9:00pm unless otherwise noted. The fireworks schedule is subject to change; each show is approximately five minutes in length.  As always, fireworks performances are weather permitting and may be cancelled due to poor conditions like high winds or rain.

And with the Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights comes many other exciting Niagara Falls Events such as: the TD Canada’s Rink at the Brink Outdoor Skating Rink and ET Canada’s New Year’s Eve in Niagara Falls (details will be announced shortly).

Looking for a Niagara Falls Festival of Lights hotel? The Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls is one of the closest Niagara Falls Hotels to this spectacular and traditional Winter Event.

Only 9 more Fridays until Santa comes to town (okay so we obviously love the holidays).

Eat. Sleep. Drink Wine at our favourite Niagara Wineries’ Events

November is here and we all know that hibernation has begun. It’s the month to start stocking up on the red wines we adore the most (and just keep telling yourself don’t worry…red wine is good for your health).

Many of the Niagara wineries are famous for their red wines, winery tours and winery events. So grab your beloved parka, and head on down to Niagara because let’s face it, Winter is coming and it’s going to be here for a long time. So rather than hibernating, let’s embrace the cold by attending some fabulous Niagara Events:

Annual Nouveau Release Party at Reif Estates Winery – Nov. 20th – 5-8pm

It’s the end of another harvest and time to raise a glass to Gamay Nouveau and Kerner Nouveau paired with some culinary delights (fresh shucked oysters, a charcuterie station and artisan cheeses). Tickets only $25 each.

Chicks and Chocolate – Peller Estates Winery – M – F at 2pm and Weekends at 2pm and 4pm

Grab your favourite girls for a fabulous weekend of chocolate and wine. You’ll also learn how wine and chocolate complement each other and how they can awaken your palate. Tickets are $15 each.


Taste the Season – Weekends in November

One of the must experience Niagara-on-the-Lake events of the season. This sentence says it all – A holiday-inspired wine and food tasting event at 26 Niagara-on-the-Lake Wineries.

This picture speaks a thousand tasty words…






Vino and Vinyasa – Southbrook Wines – November 8th – 12:30pm – Southbrook Winery

Enjoy an afternoon of vino and vinyasa and allow Southbrook’s local yogi to stretch your body and centre your soul. Classes will be outside, so dress accordingly and bring your yoga mat.

He said beer, she said What?

November 22nd – 7 – 9pm – Southbrook Winery

Southbrook Vineyards and Silversmith Brewery come together in the ultimate showdown between wine and beer. Enjoy an evening of wine and beer flights with delectable food pairings. You be the judge of who comes out as the winner.

With so many wine-derful events happening in November, the hardest part will be choosing which one to attend. Choose them all, after all wine is good for your health. Continue the health and wellness trend and come visit Niagara Falls for your daily dose of negative ions. Negative icons from the mist of the Falls are also beneficial to your health. Stay at the Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls, one of the top Niagara Falls Hotels located in the “centre of it all” and just minutes from this health and wellness wonder.







Meridian Centre St. Catharines

Meridian Centre St. Catharines

It is official! The grand opening of the new Meridian Centre in St. Catharines is happening on Saturday, October 11th. Doors open at 10am and the ribbon cutting ceremony happens at 10:30am. Self-guided tours will run until 5pm that day.

Check out the arena as of yesterday. It is so close to completion. Check out the Construction Cam.








This arena seats 6,000 people for concerts and events and 5,000 people for hockey games. And speaking of hockey games, the Meridian Centre is the new home of the Niagara IceDogs. Be in the stands when the first puck drops in the new arena on Thursday, October 16th. The IceDogs will be playing against the Belleville Bulls.  Purchase your tickets today!

Become part of history when City and Colour plays the inaugural concert at the Meridian Centre. Purchase your tickets on Ticket Master.

The Tragically Hip is also scheduled to perform in February, with tickets going on sale on October 18th on Ticket Master.

Hockey Canada and the Ontario Women’s Hockey Association announced that the Meridian Centre will be home to the IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women’s World Championship in January 2016. This is the first time that this event will take place in Ontario. Yesterday, Natalie Spooner, 2014 Canadian Olympic Champion for Women’s Hockey was at the Meridian Centre for the exciting announcement.

Be part of the action and start planning your getaway to Niagara today. Stay in the heart of Niagara Falls at the Courtyard by Marriott. Located just 10 minutes from the new Meridian Centre and footsteps from Niagara Falls, both Casinos and many Niagara attractions, the Courtyard by Marriott is one of the top four-star Niagara Falls Hotels.



Niagara Falls Casinos – Fall for Great Entertainment

Niagara Falls Casinos

This Fall is filled with top notch entertainment at the Niagara Falls Casinos (on both sides of the border).

The Fallsview Casino

Featuring over 3000 slots and over 100 table games. Plus the list of performers will keep you coming back all season long.

Fallsview Casino Concerts

Le Grand Cirque – until October 5th

Discover the magic and imagination in a spellbinding performance of impossible feats of strength and agility with Le Grand Cirque – Adrenaline. Over 40 international daredevil stuntmen, trapeze artists and contemporary dancers soar through audiences and leap on stage at the Fallsview Casino.

Jennifer Hudson – October 7th and 8th

For two nights only, experience academy and grammy award-winning artist Jennifer Hudson. Singing famous hits “Spotlight”, “One Night Only” and of course “And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going” and be one of the first to hear Jennifer perform songs from her brand new album, which features songs produced by Pharrell, Timbaland and more.
















Sharon Osbourne

– October 10th and 11th

Who doesn’t love Sharon Osbourne? She’s charming, funny and always entertaining. She’s become a household name in reality television starring on The Talk, America‘s Got Talent, The Celebrity Apprentice and The Osbournes. Experience the bold, funny and fearless Sharon Osbourne in an up close and personal interview at Fallsview Casino Resort.

The Ron James New Year’s Eve CBC Comedy Special – October 14th and 15th

For two nights only, the Fallsview Casino hosts the exclusive filming of The Ron James New Year’s Eve CBC Comedy Special! This award-winning comedian, whose live tours have received critical acclaim from coast to coast (“Cleverly, hysterically funny!” – The Toronto Star) (“The funniest man in Canada” – Victoria Times Colonist), has written and starred in five one-hour comedy specials as well as five seasons of his television series, The Ron James Show.

Kool and the Gang –October 16th

Kool & The Gang’s signature Grammy Award winning jazz, soul and funk style has sold over 70 million albums worldwide. Their top hits “Celebration”, “Cherish”, “Jungle Boogie”, “Summer Madness”, “Open Sesame” and countless more, continue to influence the music of multiple generations.

Gypsy Kings – October 17th

Blending pop with Latin rhythms, Grammy Award winning Gipsy Kings introduced the irresistible sounds of rumba flamenco to the world with international hits including “Bamboleo”, “Djobi Djoba”, “Un Amor”, “Baila Me”, “El Camino”, “Samba Samba” and “Volare”.

Rock and Soul – October 23rd – 30th

Memphis, Detroit and Philadelphia music scenes come together in an exclusive artist roster of eight feature performers that celebrate the unmistakable soulful sounds of The Temptations, Bob Seger, The Supremes, Mitch Ryder, Tower of Power, Hall & Oates, Marvin Gaye, Lou Rawls and more with Rock & Soul live at Fallsview Casino Resort.

Seneca Niagara – Niagara Falls, NY

This Niagara Falls Casino is just a five minute drive from the Rainbow Bridge. Featuring 4000 reel and video slot machines and more than 100 table games: Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, Baccarat, Caribbean Stud Poker, Let it Ride, Pai Gow Poker, Three Card Poker and Spanish 21.

The list of entertainers are outstanding.

Sheena Easton – September 27th

Ralphie May Comedy Series– October 2nd

Macy Gray – October 3rd

Alanis Morissette – October 4th

Robert Kelly Comedy Series – October 9th

Santana – October 11th

Nikki Glaser Comedy Series – October 16th

David Spade – October 25th

Tickets are still on sale, so don’t miss out on these exciting Niagara Falls Events. Looking for accommodations close to these Niagara Falls Casinos? The Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls is just minutes away. Check out our ongoing Niagara Falls Packages.







This is what a Niagara Falls Halloween Looks Like


This is what a Niagara Falls Halloween Looks Like

October is such a fun month in Niagara. There are so many exciting events to look forward to each year. Here are some of our favourites (from spook-tacular, wine country glass raisers and cozy connections with celebrities)


It’s a Howling Good Time at Howell’s Pumpkin Farm

You have to make the trip, to experience all of the fun. From the pumpkin donuts, to the hot apple cider to the haunted spook barn, wagon ride, corn maze, cow train and getting to pick your perfect pumpkin when you leave.

Haunt Manor

It all started with the spooky legend of the Pew Family. They resided on this Lundy’s Lane property when the Battle of Lundy’s Lane took place over 200 years ago. The house has remnants of bullets lining the walls of this house – bullets from the historical Battle of 1812. Paranormal experts have confirmed that this place is indeed full of paranormal activity. So prepare for your mind to wander as you take a tour of haunted houses and a haunted hayride on the grounds of this historical site.

Niagara Ghost Walks

Take a stroll through Niagara’s most haunted corridors. From the Village of Elgin to Niagara’s most haunted Bed and Breakfast (Blythewood Manor) to the exact location where mob lieutenant, Freddy Tedesco, smoked his last cigar.

Niagara-on-the-Lake Ghost Walks

Take a ghost walk through Canada’s most haunted town, Niagara-on-the-Lake. Experience one of the most angry ghosts, who resides in the Angel Inn as well as scary stops outside the Niagara-on-the-Lake Courthouse, Prince of Wales Hotel, Apothecary, and Royal George Theatre.

Wine Glass Raisers

Masquerade Ball – Southbrook Winery – October 30th

Take a step back to the 15th Century for an enchanting evening filled with appetizers, drinks, wine releases, live entertainment and the can’t miss Halloween candy bar. Costumes are required.

Hernder Estates Halloween Bash – October 31st at 8:30pm

It’s Part 7 of the Hernder Halloween Bash (insert scary music here). It’s an evening of fun with fabulous food and wine for a great cause. This fundraiser is for the Hernder-Picasso Foundation with 100% of proceeds going to the Walker Family Cancer Centre. Plus great prizes for the best costumer ($500 for Best Costume and $500 for Best Group (three or more).

The ‘Red’ Sale at Reif Estate Winery – October 29th – November 1st

Get ready for a delicious hibernation. Stock up your wine cellars with rich and flavourful reds from Reif Estate Winery. Great pricing on limited edition and estate bottled red wines – perfect for entertaining and the holidays. This limited time pricing is only offered once a year. Feature wine tastings complimentary.

The Pinot Affair –October 17th and 18th

Get ready for a love affair…first name Pinot, last name Noir. Ten wineries all crushing on one deliciously seductive grape.

Niagara Falls Casino Concerts – Cozy Connections with Celebrities

Get cozy with comedy and classic concerts only at the Fallsview Casino or Seneca Niagara Casino in October.

Fallsview Casino

Robert Davi – October 21st – 23rd

Joel McHale – October 24th

The Original Stars from American Bandstand – October 26th – 30th

 Seneca Niagara Casino

 Craig Ferguson – October 24th

The Lovin’ Spoonful – October 30th

 All of these Niagara Falls Halloween events are close to the Courtyard Marriott, where you can Eat. Sleep and repeat the fun the next day.


September Events in Niagara Falls and Beyond

Summer is almost over, but the fun doesn’t have to end. Niagara’s closet is full of refreshing events happening all September long. The hardest part will be choosing your favourite. Our suggestion…try them all.

Here are a few of our favourites:

Fort Erie
Murder Mystery at Old Fort Erie – September 6th
Get ready to experience a walk like no other, as you explore Old Fort and meet spooky characters while solving a mystery.

47th Grimsby Festival of Art – September 6th and 7th
You know it’s a successful event, when they are celebrating 47 years. If you love high calibre artisans, live entertainment and local cuisine, you’ll definitely love this event.

No.30 Pre-Harvest Lunch with Good Earth – September 7th
It’s one of the most exciting times of the year – pre-harvest time.Begin your day with a structured tasting of wines, led by Winemaker Emma Garner, followed by a picturesque trip below the bench for an al fresco lunch at The Good Earth Food & Wine Company. Treat your senses to the fresh flavours of The Good Earth’s culinary delights and handcrafted wines while you enjoy the beautiful backdrop of wine country.

Charcuterie with a view – September 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st, 27th and 28th
September is a time to taste the of harvest of Fielding Wines’ 2013 Gamay perfectly paired with a selection of artisan cured meats, cheese and baguette. Best enjoyed on their lake-view deck or borrow a blanket and enjoy it picnic style!

Niagara Falls
Coca Cola Concert Series – Queen Victoria Park – until October 13th
For almost 20 years, visitors have enjoyed FREE classic rock concerts next to the majestic Niagara Falls. Come explore exciting new bands and stay for the incredible fireworks. Concerts start at 8pm. Check out the concert schedule for all the details.

Fallsview Casino Concerts

You won’t be gambling on these great September performances:

-André Philippe Gagnon – September 4th – 6th
– Neil Sedaka – September 11th – 12th
– LeGrand Cirque – September 18th – October 5th


Floral Showhouse Annual Summer Show – until September 12th
Summer continues into September at the Floral Showhouse. Come and experience Mother Nature’s beautiful floral creations (collections of orchids, succulents and other tropical plant species are on display, along with floral shows that reflect the changing seasons). Don’t miss guest appearances from colourful tropical birds flying free throughout the greenhouse.

The 3rd Annual Carmel Fine Art Festival – September 12th – 14th
Get in touch with your creative side at the 3rd annual Carmel Fine Art Festival. Showcasing the masterpieces of over 100 local artists, a children’s art show, a poet/painter exchange, some of Niagara’s favourite musicians, the perpetual peace project and a soiree evening – all taking place in one of the most spiritual places in Niagara Falls, the Monastery of Mount Carmel.

Onguiaahra: Thunder of Waters – Sound and Light Show – until September 1st
The name “Niagara” is said to originate from an Iroquis word “Onguiaahra” meaning “The Strait.” This is a spectacular performance of music and entertainment culminating in a sound and laser show that showcases the fascinating story of Niagara.
Located in Queen Victoria Park, across from the American Falls, a large pond fountain will set the stage for a magnificent series of lights and images that will reflect off of the spraying water in an ever-changing rainbow of colours.

Earth, Sky and Music – Château des Charmes – September 1st
Celebrate the 2nd annual Earth & Sky Music Market. Château des Charmes will be transformed for one day into a unique all-ages supper market featuring local food, local wine and local music.

Falling for Music – Château des Charmes – September 5th
It’s an enchanting evening reminiscent of the grand European salons and a rare opportunity to hear acclaimed violinist James Ehnes and his string quartet. Bravo Niagara! will recreate an intimate “Salon de Musique” set amidst the picturesque backdrop of Château des Charmes’ award-winning vineyard overlooking romantic rose gardens and the majestic Niagara Escarpment.

Wine Country Fare – Brett Kissel – September 13th
Dust off your cowboy boots for the Party of the Year at Peller Estates Winery. It’s an evening of Juno award-winning country performances from Brett Kissel paired with some of Chef Jason Parsons’ country classics (whole roasted pig, IceWine marshmallows and IceWine cotton candy) and Peller Estates wonderful wine.

St. Catharines
Niagara New Vintage Festival – September 13th – 28th
It’s that time of year again. Niagara is so happy to be celebrating it’s 63rd Annual New Vintage Festival. It’s Canada’s largest annual celebration of Ontario’s award-winning wineries and vineyards. Featuring over 30 wineries paired with local, fresh culinary delights. Plus the Pied Piper Parade and the 63rd Annual Meridian Grande Parade and dozens of festival events. There’s a new discovery every day. Check out the website for full details.

Handmade Market – September 12th and 13th
It’s an event filled with some of Southern Ontario’s finest artists all in one glorious place– 13th Street Winery. Plus experience 13th Street’s fine wine, food trucks and culinary creations.

Niagara Food Festival – September 5th – 7th
Mark this event in your calendar. The Niagara Food Festival offers fantastic food from local restaurants and food producers, celebrity chefs with live demonstrations on the Mobile Culinary Theatre, live entertainment for all ages and much, much more. This is a delicious event you won’t want to miss.

There is so much to celebrate in Niagara and these are just a few of our favourites. The list of fun experiences in Niagara are endless. You’ll definitely need a place to rest your head and feet after all of this fun. The Courtyard by Marriott is one of the best 4-star Niagara Falls Hotels, located in the “Centre of It All” just minutes from Niagara Falls and many of these great events.

200th Anniversary of the Battle of Lundy’s Lane

July 25th, 2014 – The 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Lundy’s Lane

Today marks one of the biggest days in history for Niagara Falls – the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Lundy’s Lane. Echoing the footsteps of soldiers from 200 years ago, participants will follow the path that these soldiers took along Portage Road on that fateful day, July 25th, 1814.

The Lundy’s Lane Historical Society will be holding a commemorative service on the battlefield commencing at 7:30 p.m. Following this service, there will be a candle light vigil up to the Lundy’s Lane Memorial. Attendees of this event are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chair. Following this, the participants in the walk will invade the battlefield.

With starting points under 2 km (1.5 miles) from the battlefield, participants will walk through the streets and converge on the Battlefield at dusk, following the old portage road like the combatants on that horrendous night 200 years ago. Company Theatre will provide an immersive performance where all the action took place 200 years ago. Participants who register will get a red or a blue commemorative shirt which will determine their starting point in this walk.  This commemorative walk represents the 5000 plus soldiers who met in the battlefield.

The event will take place on the former Battlefield School field – access via Drummond Hill Cemetery and Lundy’s Lane

Schedule of Events

Niagara Falls History Museum – Free Admission – open 10:00 am – 5:00pm, 5810 Ferry Street
Visit the Gale Family War of 1812 Gallery, the Niagara Falls Community Gallery, Motel Culture of Niagara .1812 Author, Richard Feltoe will be there with 1812 demonstrations and his new book about the Battle of Lundy’s Lane “Crucible of Fire”

Lundy’s Lane Gateway Unveiling – 1:00pm, 6151 Lundy’s Lane
Be present for the official opening of the new landmark that will showcase the National Historic Site of Lundy’s Lane

Battle Ground Hotel Museum – Free Admission – 10:00 am – 5:00pm, 6151 Lundy’s Lane
Tour the1850s Tavern and explore battlefield tourism, led by costumed interpreters

Lundy’s Lane Historical Society Commemorative Service – 7:30pm, Lundy’s Lane Battlefield
Bring your lawn chair or a blanket. Featuring a Military band, choir and much more.
Music by the Jay Singers under the direction of Dianne Williams.
Historical context provided by Sherman Zavitz.
Event will be concluded with the laying of wreaths and a candlelight walk to the Lundy’s Lane Monument.
The music will begin at 7:00 p.m. welcoming you to the battlefield.

Participants Walk – 8:30pm – Throughout the City
Be a part of the event as you invade the battlefield and see installations and performance art along the way
brought to you by the Arts and Culture Committee.

Performance on the Battlefield – 9:15pm – Lundy’s Lane Battlefield
Be transformed back to the events of July 25, 1814 as next Company Theatre put you in the middle of the action.

Be sure to follow @nfmuseums and @discover1812 during  the event to get real time feeds, photos and more.
Please post your pictures of the event as well #lundyslane200


For more details, visit The Niagara Falls Museums.

NEW Niagara by Night Tour

After many months of planning we are very excited to share our Newest Niagara Tour, the Niagara by Night Tour, which is exclusive to the Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls and our on-site Tour Company, Above the Falls Tours.This tour is where exhilaration meets moments of nailing biting behaviour (and let’s be truthful about it – your heart may just beat a little faster that night).

Battlefield and Beyond Cemetery Walk

The first part of the tour is called the Battlefield and Beyond Cemetery Walk and takes place in one of the oldest and most recognized cemeteries in North America, the Drummond Hill Cemetery. This tour gained its name, Battlefield and Beyond because it touches on some historical facts on the various battles that took place here, such as the “Battle of Lundy’s Lane,” as well as and one of the bloodiest battles between the British and Americans in 1814. But it also goes beyond the battlefield and gets into the deeper stories of some of the famous settlers buried at the cemetery, such as Laura Secord, a famous Daredevil, Burr Plato, one the first African American slaves to come to Canada via the Underground Railroad, members of the International Order of Odd Fellows (IOFF) and Freemasonry and more. We don’t want to give too much away, but a few of the Above the Falls Tours’ associates had the pleasure of experiencing this walk the other day and let’s just say that a few hairs will rise on the back of your neck by the end of it.

As you enter the tour, you will be greeted by these legendary iron gates.



Now mind you the first tour starts at 7:30pm on June 28th, so you the cemetery will not be in complete darkness (like the above picture). However we’re not sure what is more frightening? Experiencing a cemetery in complete darkness or experiencing it as the sun is starting to set where you can visibly see all of names on the tombstones (are we starting to paint the picture for you?) Your guides will also be in character to give you the full experience of what happened on Drummond Hill 200 years ago.

Hornblower Niagara Falls Illumination Cruise

The second part of the tour is equally as exhilarating. The second stop takes you to the NEW Hornblower Niagara Falls Illumination Cruise. Here your adrenalin will continue as you hop aboard a 250 passenger catamaran ready to set sail past both the American and Canadian Horseshoe Falls. Here you’ll have front row seats to the starry skies and panoramic views of the dazzling city lights and famous coloured illumination of both Natural Wonders. This cruise promises to astonish and amaze.

The Niagara by Night Tour will be launching on Saturday June 28th and will be available every Saturday throughout the summer. So come and experience an evening of fright and delight brought to you by Above the Falls Tours located in the Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls hotel.

Reserve your spot today, as spaces are limited. Call 905-353-4002 or click here for more details.

Father’s Day Fun-tertainment

From near to far, from here to there, fun things are everywhere in Niagara

Dr. Seuss was a smart man full of fun ideas and there is a lot of truth to his famous quote. There are fun things both near (walking distance) and far (driving distance – 20 minutes or less) from the Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls Hotel.

Near Experiences

The Keg Steakhouse + Bar Dungeness Crab Limited Time Menu only until Father’s Day.

It’s the perfect gift for the steak and seafood loving fathers out there. From the Dungeness Crab Dinner to the Dungeness Crab Manhattan, everything is unbelievably good.

And it doesn’t get closer than this. This Keg Steakhouse + Bar is located right in the lobby of the Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls Hotel (just footsteps from your guest room).

Hornblower Niagara Cruises

Hornblower Niagara Cruises is the newest and most thrilling Niagara Falls boat tour. Get ready for an adrenalin rush because this is a boat ride of a lifetime. See it for yourself on our live video footage of the Hornblower Niagara Cruises. Our on-site Niagara Falls Tour company, Above the Falls Tours offers daily fully narrated Niagara Falls Tour Packages which include: Hornblower Niagara Cruises, Journey Behind the Falls and the Butterfly Conservatory. Plus stops at the Floral Clock and leisure passes to the White Water Walk and Niagara Fury. This is a great way to see the best of Niagara Falls in a few hours.

Fallsview Casino

Test your luck at one of the largest gaming resorts in Canada. Experience over 200,000 square feet of gaming: 3000 slot machines, 100 gaming tables and an exciting poker room. Keep your adrenalin going with the critically acclaimed physical theatre performance, STOMP (performances until June 14th).

Far Experiences (Well Farther than Near)

Hit the Tees

Niagara has joined the ranks of the world’s premier golf destinations in terms of challenge, design aesthetics, course conditioning, facilities and service. The top five recommended Niagara golf courses: Grand Niagara, Hunters Pointe, Legends on the Niagara, Whirlpool and Peninsula Lakes. Now this is a present your father will love.

Wine Country

The Niagara Peninsula is one of Ontario’s most acclaimed grape growing and winemaking districts. The most difficult part will be choosing which of the 70 wineries to visits. For the full list, visit www.niagarawineryguide.com. Here’s our suggestion, visit them all. After all, research has proven that red wine is full of antioxidants which may be beneficial to your health.

Niagara Wine Festival

The Niagara Wine Festival is here just in time to celebrate your dad. From June 14th – 22nd experience over 25 wineries and events. Purchase a discovery pass and enjoy two weekends of wine and culinary adventures at wineries across Niagara.

Hop on over to Niagara Oast House Brewers

Microbreweries are becoming just as popular as the wine in the Niagara Region. Our favourite is Niagara Oast House Brewers. From the friendly staff to their delicious hops. And it is easy to find – it’s past the old oak in the big red barn in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

This popular microbrewery is listed in the Top Ten Reasons to Visit Niagara.

Like Dr. Seuss said, from near to far, here to there fun things are everywhere in Niagara (okay so we took the liberty of changing his quote slightly, but you know what we mean).

Treat dad to the ultimate present by pairing one or all of the above with overnight accommodations at the Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls. We’re in the “Centre of it All” both near and far from it all.

Raise a Glass to Niagara Wineries

Eat. Sleep. Drink Wine in Niagara

It’s that time of year when the Niagara Region comes to life. And by a raise of hands (well in this case…glasses) tell us if you are ready to celebrate summer? We are all going to be singing “come on get happy” all summer long – even if it is a hot one – right?

Here is the “must-experience” list of Niagara Winery Events of the Season (tell all your friends):

Earth and Sky Music Market – Chateau Des Charmes – June 30th, August 4th, September 1st

Fine foods and fine wines make beautiful music together!

Wednesday SupperMarket at the Village – Niagara-on-the-Lake

Every Wednesday throughout the summer starting on May 21st experience food truck fun, wine tastings and local musical entertainment.

Niagara New Vintage Festival – June 14th – 22nd

Experience Niagara Wine Country like never before with the New Vintage Festival Discovery Pass. It’s your key to two weekends of wine and culinary adventures at 38 wineries across Niagara. Check out their extraordinary pairing menus. Discovery Pass holders can enjoy eight experiences per pass. Designated drivers can also indulge with eight mocktail and culinary pairings for only $30+HST with the Driver’s Discovery Pass.

Trius Jazz at the Winery – July 12th2 – 9pm

Blues – August 9th4 – 8pm

Trius Jazz and Blues at the Winery has been bringing premier Canadian talent to Niagara Wine Country for 25 years. Celebrate Jazz and Blues at the Winery with fine wines, great local cuisine and spectacular music.

Jackson Triggs Summer Concert Series

It’s an evening of open air musical entertainment, light fare and award-winning wines:

Jesse Cook – July 5th

Alan Doyle – July 11th

Chantel Kreviazuk – July 12th

Colin James – July 19th

Justin Rutledge & Lindi Ortega – July 26th

Food Day Canada – August 2nd

Music Niagara Presents Elton Lammie – August 8th

Stars – August 9th

Cowboy Junkies – August 16th

Niagara Jazz Festival – August 23rd

Arkells – September 5th

After all this fun, you’ll need a place to rest your head. The Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls is the perfect place to Relax, Refresh and Recharge.