Niagara Falls Tourism – End of Summer Start of Fall
Sadly Summer is coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean that the fun has to stop. In fact, what it means is that Fall is just around the corner. And if you haven’t experienced Fall in Niagara, you are definitely missing out. The changing of the leaves, the cooler temperatures, the warm sweater weather and the ongoing events and activities…we promise you’ll thank us.
Here are a few ways you can spend your last days of Summer/early days of Fall in Niagara.
Last Days of Summer
Niagara Falls Tourism (kind of stuff)
A visit to Niagara Falls wouldn’t be a true visit without the traditional Niagara Falls Tourism kind of things, which always deliver…
A face-to-face visit with Mother Nature
This never gets old, even for someone who has lived here most of their lives. More than 168,000 cubic metres (6 million cubic feet) of water go over the Falls every minute during peak daytime tourist hours. That’s about a million bathtubs full of water every minute! Seriously, that’s a lot of water…
This is one attraction that is breathtaking every time you get on board this 700 person catamaran. And there are so many ways to change it up – day cruise, illumination cruise, fireworks cruise…You’ll get up close and personal with Mother Nature herself – right in the basin of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls. And the best part is that you can cruise right into November. Cold temperatures + Hornblower = a double whammy experience that you can cross off your bucket list.
This is another attraction that gets you up close and personal with Mother Nature…but this time you get a backstage pass behind the Falls, through the secret tunnels and portals and then bam, there she is pouring down 13 storeys from above. The Niagara Parks has also been holding some pretty amazing events, like Namaste Niagara, where you get one-on-one with Mother Nature as a yogi.
Check out the event here:
This sold out event is happening on August 28th, but stay tuned for more dates to come. Not only do you do yoga by the majestic Niagara Falls, but you get private access to Journey Behind the Falls and a much needed and well deserved brunch at the Whirlpool Restaurant.
This is the newest attraction to Niagara Falls, but is getting all the attention from adventure and thrill seekers alike. Get ready to #OMG #ICANFLY (is an understatement). This is your chance to get some crazy views of the American and Canadian Horseshoe Falls via four parallel ziplines. Your 45 second journey might be quick and high (67 metres – 220 feet) from the highest vantage point, but it will surely get your heart racing as you glide 670 metres (2,200 feet), at speeds of 70+ kph (40+ mph), along the edge of the vast Niagara river gorge to the Falls observation landing.
Winery and Brewery Events
A visit to Niagara would not be complete without a visit to Niagara Wine Country (and the growing “Niagara Beer Country”).
It’s the first event of its kind in Niagara. Check out ‘Brew at the Zoo’ happening on October 1st at Safari Niagara from 11am – 6pm in celebration of Oktoberfest. Sip some of Ontario’s finest suds, Oktoberfest fine food and spend the afternoon with Safari Niagara’s wildlife (this includes your wildlife too – it’s a family friendly event). Admission is $8 in advance or $10 at the gate and Safari Niagara Season ticket holders will receive free admission to this event. Plus you’ll receive a keepsake Brew at the Zoo mug and 5 oz samples are only $2 each. Can you think of a better way to spend the start of October?
This craft brewery knows how to do it right! With the launch of their upcycled patio constructed from double shipping containers and a flip-up bar with not one but two levels and a view of the vineyards to boot…this is how it is done!. Plus the launch of their seasonal and limited-time peach ale with medium body, hop-forward flavour balanced with a mild citrus aroma and subtle peach notes to finish. We won’t have to twist your arm for this delicious visit.
This Summer get ready to interact with Mother Nature (and perhaps with the Queen Bee herself) at the Rosewood Estate Apiary. With the guidance from their beekeepers you’ll open the inside of a hive to see thousands of honeybees working together (that’s something you don’t experience every day). Following the visit in the Apiary, you’ll have a chance to see the winery and taste a flight of wines (& meads) with the beekeeper. Plus you’ll add a new word to your vocabulary while you’re at it!! Or perhaps you already know what mead is….
For those who don’t know (I am raising my hand here).
Mead is the world’s oldest known form of alcoholic beverage. Made using three raw natural ingredients; honey, water, and yeast, it can be highly aromatic and complex, and much like grape-wine can be vintage and varietal specific.
There you have it, and you can try mead firsthand at the Rosewood Estate Winery
The Niagara Wine Festival is the perfect way to say goodbye to Summer and hello to Fall. It’s three weekends….celebrating all things from the vine from September 10th – 25th.
From the Montebello In-Park experience, from September 16th – 18th and September 23rd – 25th, where you bring your token “Niagara Wine Festival” glass and get to experience the beauty of some of Niagara’s finest wine and local fare while listening to some great tunes from local musicians. From a local perspective, this is an event we look forward to every year.
On September 24th, there is also the Meridian Grande Parade which is a tradition that has been going on for 65 years, bringing families and friends together to share their love and passion for the Niagara Wine Festival.
If you are a foodie and oenophile (a connoisseur of wines). Add this term to your vocabulary too (insert happy face emoji here), you must purchase a Discovery Pass. It’s your passport to explore and celebrate the Niagara Wine Festival and 35+ participating wineries over three weekends.
After you experience year one of the Niagara Wine Festival, we promise you’ll be back year after year.
Speaking of festivals and culinary celebrations, here is a list of the must experience markets happening in Niagara. Because in Niagara we know how to celebrate or create a celebration to celebrate something celebratory (say that three times fast).
We’re letting you in on some local secrets. You have to hit up this Market at least once over the Summer. Every Wednesday night from 4:30pm to dusk. Niagara’s favourite food trucks, local wineries and microbreweries and musicians come together to proclaim their love of food, grapes and hops (need we say more). The fun continues until September 21st.
Farmer’s Markets Galore
We’ll let you in on a few more secrets….In Niagara we adore our farmers…and are grateful for their pure sun-kissed goodness…
Niagara-on-the-Lake – 8:30am – 1pm every Saturday until October 8th
Niagara Falls – every Saturday year round from 6am – noon.
St. Catharines – 6am – 2pm every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday in the Market Square all year round.
Welland – every Saturday from 6am – noon all year round.
Celebrating its 6th season (which tells you it’s a good event), get ready to sip, savour and shop. Featuring over 100 artisans, fine food vendors and the ever popular food trucks and wine (of course). This event takes shopping to a whole new level. And the handmade love continues from November 4-5th at Honsberger Estate Winery.
These are just a few of our favourite things to do in Niagara to end the summer and start our Fall. Visit soon, visit often because very season there’s something special to see…
Stay at the Niagara Falls hotel, close to it all, the Courtyard Marriott Niagara Falls. Check out our current special offer, an Ultimate One Night Romance Package starting at $119 per night.