Niagara Wineries in the Winter

Have You Ever Experienced Our 100+ Niagara Wineries in the Winter?

It always just feels like exploring Niagara Wineries in the summertime is the right thing to do, but have you ever experienced one of the 100+ Niagara Wineries in the Winter? There are 68 days left of Winter, which means there are lots of days for tasting. We all seem to get into this state of hibernation in the Winter, but there are so many exciting things to do in Niagara during the Winter, with Niagara winery touring and tasting being just one of them (and might we add a delicious one).

Here’s just a taste of all the great events happening at the Niagara Wineries this Winter:

Niagara Icewine Festival – if you haven’t been before, this is a great way to celebrate Winter in Wine Country. When you purchase the discovery pass you can experience eight food and wine pairings from your choice of over 35+ wineries (yes, 35 wineries). Check out our recent blog for all of the Niagara Icewine Festival details.

Ravine Winery

Valentine’s Day Cooking Class – how about creating a little heat in the kitchen with your loved one with a cooking class for Valentine’s Day? This event will get you out of the house and the kitchen 🙂

Winter at the Farm – Warm up with this delicious dinner at the farm. From January – May – enjoy 1 appetizer, 1 main and 1 dessert for $35

13th Street Winery 

Food and Wine Seminar  – Start the year off right with some healthy eating cooking lessons paired with wine of course (life is about balance – right?)

Paint and Sip – Can you think of a better way to make the best of the Winter blahs?

Wayne Gretzky Estates

This winery needs no introduction and it has quickly become a local favourite. In true Canadian form, Wayne Gretzky Estates offers a great selection of wine and Canadian Whisky.

The Great Canadian Whisky Tour – offered daily from 11:30am

The Great Canadian Winery Tour – offered daily from 11:00am

The Whisky Bartender: Cocktails 101 – offered daily at 1pm and 3pm

The Wine and Whisky After Dark Tour – Fridays and Saturdays until March 31st

The Great Canadian Winter Celebration – take part in one of Wayne’s favourite activites…skating on his backyard rink at the winery while enjoying food and drinks at the outdoor Whisky Bar- January 20th – Noon – 10pm

Stratus Winery

Days of Wine and Chocolate – who doesn’t love wine and chocolate? Explore the decadently sweet and savoury art of wine and chocolate paired together – weekends in February – 11am – 5pm

Peller Estates 

Ultimate 10Below Icewine Lounge Experience – This might be the coolest thing you do this year! 10Below is an igloo-like Icewine Lounge where you and yoru friends can sample two signature series icewines and learn how to make an icewine martini, all while wearing a parka. Bet you can’t say this is something you do every day?

Vino and Cocoa – Interactive Pairing Experience

Wine + Chocolate = happiness for everybody. You’ll love this ever-so-popular winery experience and learn all about the perfect wine and chocolate pairings.

Trius Winery

Tasting Stars – the Sparkling Experience – get ready to explore everything sparkling. Begin your experience with a tour at Ontario’s 2015 Winery of the Year with a stroll through the vineyard before descending into their underground sparkling cellar for a tasting – offered various times throughout the day until March 31st.

We’ve talked a lot about the delicious Niagara Wineries, but we can’t forget all the great Craft Breweries in Niagara too.

Niagara Oast House Breweries – great beer is just down the road, past the old oak, in the big red barn. You can’t miss it!!

Every Friday night, live music, food and beer from 5pm – 12am

Ice Breakers Comedy Festival – they’ll bring the beer and the laughs. The living legend himself, Kenny Robinson hosts a high energy evening featuring Aisha Brown, Marito Lopez and headliner Jean Paul –  January 25th – 8pm – 11pm

Silversmith – you have to experience the energy and rustic charm of this old church that dates back to the 1890s, plus the beer is pretty darn good too. There is ongoing live entertainment weekly, $5 pint specials on Thursdays and often line-ups out the door (which tells you this place is the spot).

The Exchange Brewery – a premium brewery with a tasting room and exceptional beer, located in the heart of Niagara-on-the-Lake’s Old Town heritage District. This Brewery has a lot of events going on throughout the Winter that are sure to lift your spirits.

Paint Night at the Brewery  – January 18th, Feb. 6th, March 13th

Red Roof Retreat Fundraiser – Have a pint for a great cause. $1 from every draft and beer flight goes towards the Red Roof Retreat –  January 20th

Culinary Pop-Up from your Farm Gate – January 27th, Feb. 10th, March 17th

Humour and Hops – Feb. 9th

Sour Tour & Tasting -Feb. 10th

The Woodshed Orchestra – Feb. 10th

Bend & Brew – Feb. 11th

These are just a few of our favs. Check out all of the other happening Niagara Wineries and Craft Breweries in Niagara.

I’m sure all of these tasting events are making you thirsty. What are you waiting for? Book your little getaway to Niagara and include us, because you’ll need a place to catch your zzz’s (after all a day of sipping and savouring can be exhausting). Check out our One Night Romance Package Special offer, from $119 per night which includes: accommodations, breakfast buffet for two, dinner voucher, wine and beer tasting vouchers, a bottle of wine and keepsake glasses (yes we are seeing a trend), chocolates and more. Please drink responsibly and don’t drive and drive.

Niagara Falls during the Holidays

Niagara Falls during the Holidays

There are so many reasons to come to Niagara Falls during the Holidays, but we’ll share the Top Five Reasons Why you Need to Spend the Holidays with Us:

#1 Niagara Falls in the Winter – it’s just as glorious as Niagara Falls in the Spring, Summer and Fall, but there is something so magical about the frozen ice and icicles. Plus there aren’t any line-ups and crowds, so you get a little one-on-one time with the incredible natural wonder, Niagara Falls.

Niagara Falls in the Winter

#2 The 35th Annual Winter Festival of Lights – each year the Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights gets better and better. Over 2 Million twinkling lights over an 8km route. It’s the perfect Winter tradition to start with family and friends. Plus there are fireworks every Friday night and nightly from Dec. 22nd – Dec. 29th.

#3 Deck the Falls Walking Tour – if you are looking for a fun and unique experience during the holidays, you’ll definitely have to check out the Deck the Falls Walking Tour. This self-guided tour allows you to explore signature experiences at sixteen venues in Niagara Falls at your leisure. This is the last weekend to be part of this fun-filled experience: December 15, 16 from 5 – 10pm. The WEGO shuttle is also available, if walking isn’t your thing. Tickets can be purchased at https://fallsconventions.ticketpro.ca/?lang=en&server=ww2&aff=sccn#def_1174322578.

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Deck the Falls Walking Tour

PARTICIPATING VENUES

Casino Niagara – Enjoy one complimentary culinary sampling of food from our new restaurant.
Courtyard by Marriott – Stop by to sample one of Niagara’s finest local wines or craft brews
Crowne Plaza – What better combination than joyful singing and a festive Hershey’s sample!
Embassy Suites – Pause and sit awhile with a hot beverage under the stars.
Four Points by Sheraton – Unleash your inner artist by customizing your photo using the latest technology on an Air Graffiti Wall.
Hilton Hotel – No need to reflect on whether it was a memorable night – this unique Magic Mirror selfie opportunity will ensure you have a take-home memory!
Holiday Inn by the Falls – Warm up and sip a specialty hot chocolate beverage created by you!
Marriott Fallsview – Sample of Morton’s Grille AAA reserve filet with your choice of sauce, paired with Niagara red or white wine.
Marriott on the Falls – Sample of Milestone’s butternut squash ravioli accompanied by mulled apple cider.
Niagara Parks Floral Showhouse – A holiday tradition for over 65 years, step out of the cold and enjoy this tropical paradise.
Old Stone Inn – Your choice of a delicious smortini or specialty marshmallow drink in the cozy courtyard.
Radisson Hotel – Cuddle up with Cosmo the Polar Bear and bare a smile for a take home photo souvenir!
Scotiabank Convention Centre – Receive your Official 360 ° photo and one pair of Deck the Falls gloves at Scotiabank Convention  Centre.
Sheraton on the Falls – Spice up your night with live music, spiked spiced apple cider and a Market Fresh cinnamon bun.
Table Rock Welcome Centre – Enjoy a relaxing ride from the Table Rock Welcome Centre to the Floral Showhouse in a horse-drawn carriage.
Tower Hotel – Get in the holiday spirit and create a cookie or craft masterpiece.

Falls Incline Railway – Travel between the Fallsview District and Table Rock Welcome Center on the NPC Falls Incline Railway.
WEGO Bus – Ride the WEGO Blue Line to be transported to all participating Deck the Falls venues with a 24 hour bus pass.

#4 New Year’s Eve in Niagara Falls  – This year promises to be even more spectacular than the last New Year’s Eve party. In celebration of Canada’s 150th Birthday, Niagara Falls will be honouring our fellow Canadian artists. Featuring Marianas Trench, Simple Plan, Rising Country Star Jess Moskaluke and the James Barker Band. And the best part, is that this concert outdoor is FREE!! Plus there will be fireworks over the evening and the natural wonder as your backdrop.

 

#5 Niagara Wineries and Microbreweries – there are over 70 plus Niagara wineries and a handful of microbreweries to visit during the holidays. Check out the Winery Guide for your list of some of the most fabulous wineries in the Region. Plus you can’t miss the annual Niagara Icewine Festival from January 12th – 28th. Purchase your Discovery Pass for $45 and enjoy three weekends of wine and culinary experiences.

You’ll need a place to catch some zzz’s after all of this Winter Fun. Check out our Niagara Falls Packages and take advantage of our current  One Night Romance Package Winter Special offer. Starting at $119, this package includes accommodations, breakfast for two, dinner voucher, wine and beer tasting vouchers, a bottle of wine and keepsake glasses, chocolates, shuttle passes and so much more.

Niagara Falls New Year’s Eve Celebration

Niagara Falls New Year’s Eve Celebration

Celebrate New Year’s Eve “Canadiana” style in Niagara Falls this year! In honour of Canada’s 150th Birthday, our Niagara Falls New Year’s Eve Party by the Falls will be featuring some of the best artists in Canada:

Juno-Winning Rockers Marianas Trench

Marianas Trench have emerged as one of Canada’s most popular rock bands since their debut album in 2006. The band’s most recent album, 2015’s Astoria, peaked at #2 on the Canadian album charts.

Multi-platinum-selling Simple Plan

Simple Plan is a Canadian rock band from Montreal Quebec. This multi-platinum band has released five studio albums. No Pads, No Helmets…Just Balls became a commercial success and was certified multi-platinum in Canada and the United States and platinum in Australia.

Rising Country Star Jess Moskaluke 

Jess Moskaluke, from Saskatchewan, made her mark in Canadian country with the 2014 single Cheap Wine and Cigarettes. She also won Country Album of the Year at this year’s Juno Awards for Kiss Me Quiet.

Ontario Country Act, the James Barker Band

The James Barker Band consists of James Barker, Taylor Abram, Connor Stephen, and Bobby Martin. In 2015, they won the Emerging Artist Showcase at the Boots and Hearts music festival and the following year, they were signed to Universal Music Canada. The group is best known for their top 10 singles “Lawn Chair Lazy” and “Just Sayin”.

The Niagara Falls New Year’s Eve free outdoor concert brings together family and friends from around the world to celebrate the annual tradition of ringing in the New Year in one of the most spectacular places in the world. So bundle up with your family and friends in tow and get ready to listen to some amazing tunes from some pretty spectacular Canadian artists – with the breathtaking Niagara Falls as your backdrop. The fun starts at 8pm in Queen Victoria Park with fireworks taking place at 9pm and midnight.

With the focus being on Canada’s 150th Birthday, the hope is that Canadians will be able to watch portions of the concert televised on CBC. The celebration will also likely include a midnight countdown to 2018 hosted by the one and only, Rick Mercer. Details will be confirmed soon, so stay tuned.

There is so much happening in Niagara Falls this Holiday Season. From the Winter Festival of Lights, which truly is a Winter Wonderland, with over 2 Million twinkling lights over an 8km route to the Laser Light Show which starts December 22nd and runs until January 7th. Plus in January you can’t miss the Niagara Icewine Festival from January 12th – 28th and the dozens of concerts happening at the Fallsview Casino (Lifehouse, Richard Marx, The Spinners and fall-off-your-seat funny guy, Jim Gaffigan).

Start planning your Niagara Falls New Year’s Eve getaway soon, because before you know it, the big day will be here! Check out some of our top performing Niagara Falls Packages, from one night to two night, there’s a package to please everyone!

Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights

Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights

This year is definitely a milestone year to celebrate. It’s been 35 years since the Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights was created for visitors from all over the world to enjoy! And what an incredible tradition it has become… There are so many visitors from both near and far who have been bringing their families from day one and are now passing the tradition on to their children. It’s never too late to begin the Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights tradition with your family.

There’s only a few more weeks left to enjoy the fun, as the Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights runs until January 31st. This is an event that so many people have incorporated into their annual traditions and this year it’s even more spectacular than ever.

This year the Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights features 2 Million lights over a an 8km illuminated route.  The route travels through the Niagara Parkway from the base of Clifton Hill past the mighty Falls, into Dufferin Islands and into the surrounding tourist districts (Fallsview Blvd., Victoria Centre, Clifton Hill and Lundy’s Lane). The route will be illuminated until January 31st, 2018 (from dusk to midnight).

Here is what’s new to the Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights:

New Light Exhibits and Illuminations

The Festival will unveil a signature fixture at the Lundy’s Lane Battlefield, at the top of Drummond Hill. This new display is called the “Niagara,” which measures five metres tall, with animated twinkling lights that cascade down the Niagara’s central pillar.

Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights

There will be a new illuminations look right in our neighbourhood. At the base of Clifton Hill, the trees in this area will feature white lighting with light strands hanging down from the limbs to resemble Spanish Moss on the trees. Along Victoria Avenue there will be new animated displays featuring the Clifton Hill Skyline with Niagara SkyWheel added to the street light posts. To celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial the Winter Festival of Lights unveiled a new Canada 150 display along Fallsview Boulevard.

A new enhancement for this Festival…The lightshow on the Toronto Power Generating Station has been reprogrammed with lights choreographed to a new soundtrack of music from the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Enjoy the show from the Floral Showhouse parking lot and tune into 100.5FM to hear the music for this show.

Along the route you’ll still be able to enjoy your favourite displays: the Zimmerman Fountain, Noah’s Ark, the two storey tall Canadian/US Flag, the Canadian Mounties, three dimensional Canadian wildlife displays in Dufferin Islands, the illumination of the Skylon Tower, Floral Showhouse and forest of trees at Queen Victoria Park.

Niagara Falls Events in January

Speaking of traditions, you can’t miss the annual Niagara Icewine Festival happening until January 28th

Don’t miss these amazing Niagara Falls Concerts at the Fallsview Casino: Twist and Shout, the Spinners, Jim Gaffigan and more.

Plus many of our Niagara Falls Attractions are open year round: Journey Behind the Falls, Bird Kingdom, Butterfly Conservatory, Niagara SkyWheel and many more.

Looking for a Niagara Falls hotel just footsteps from the Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights? Check out the latest special offer package at the Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls, a One Night Romance Package starting at $119 per night.

We look forward to celebrating the 35th Annual Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights Season with you and your family!

Niagara Falls in the Fall

Niagara Falls in the Fall

October is here! And with October we look forward to all of the amazing traditions happening in Niagara Falls in the Fall.

Many people don’t know this, but Niagara Falls is just as beautiful in the Fall, as it is in the Summertime and it’s  definitely an experience like no other. Plus it’s a lot quieter which means no big crowds, which means A LOT more Niagara Falls me-time for you!

If you haven’t experienced this beautiful season, you simply must.

Here are a few of our favourite things to do in Niagara Falls in the Fall:

Niagara Markets

We LOVE our markets in Niagara Falls.

Niagara Falls Farmer’s Market

Pick up your fresh fruits and veggies every Saturday from the crack of dawn (6am – noon).

Holiday Market – November 3rd – 5th

Get your holiday shopping lists out, this is the place to start your holiday shopping. New venue: Scotiabank Convention Centre!

Shed & Friends Christmas Open House – December 2nd and 3rd

This is a more intimate show! Featuring a handful of talented artisans: Garden City Essentials, Provisions Food Company, Sarah Reimer Designs, Little Wolf and Autumn Luck & Mutts.

Events for the young and young at heart

Howells

This promises to be a howling good time for the whole family! From pumpkin donuts to corn mazes and hay rides, you certainly won’t hear the words “Mom, I’m bored” from your kiddos.

Warner’s Pumpkin Farm

Warner’s Pumpkin Farm is another great pumpkin patch option. Experience wagon rides, haunted hay rides (for adults and those kids who love a little scare) and the search for that perfect pumpkin to carve. 

Events for the More Seasoned Crowd

Haunted Hay Rides – now open

This attraction is recommended for the young at heart and those who get a kick out of a good scare. The haunted hay ride at Haunt Manor was named Canada’s scariest haunted attraction by Fangoria Magazine and has also been featured on CHCH and numerous paranormal TV shows. Plus it’s located just west of the historic Battle of Lundy’s Lane historic graveyard where the bloodiest battle took place in 1812 (spooky)!

 

Niagara Wineries – with the weather being so beautiful, you can’t go wrong with a visit to one of the 100+ Niagara Wineries.

Plus all of the great Niagara Falls Attractions are still open in the Fall.

Hornblower Niagara Cruises – one of the most thrilling boat rides you’ll ever experience

Journey Behind the Falls – get a back stage pass to the secret tunnels and portals behind Niagara Falls.

Wild Play Ziplining – Soar across the sky while catching some amazing views of both the Canadian Horseshoe and American Falls at speeds of 70 kph and 2200 feet above the ground.

Whirlpool Jet Boats – learn about the history and geology of the majestic Niagara River while jetboating through the Niagara rapids. Be prepared to get wet!

You can’t forget about all the other amazing attractions to experience in Niagara Falls in the Fall.

And speaking of amazing experiences, check out our Ultimate One Night Romance Package from $119 which includes: accommodations, breakfast buffet for two, dinner voucher, a bottle of white wine and chocolates, wine/beer/cheese/fudge tastings, lavender experience, WEGO shuttle passes. We’re just footsteps from the fun!

We Promise You’ll Fall in Love with Niagara!

Things to do in Niagara Falls this Summer

Things to do in Niagara Falls this Summer

Get your last week of Summer Fun in this weekend. Over the past 20 years, Niagara Falls has certainly grown into a destination visited by millions each year (12 million to be precise). From visitors both near and far, with Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom being the top countries to visit (although this seems to be constantly evolving). Thanks for these fabulous facts: Stats Canada, Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Tourism Industry Association of Canada.

There are so many things to do in Niagara Falls, not only in the summertime, but all year round. However seeing that summer is currently top-of-mind, let’s chat about all the wonderful things happening in not only Niagara Falls this summer, but the Niagara Region.

Top Niagara Falls Attractions

Let’s start with some of our favourite, must-experience Niagara Falls Attractions, that even as locals we think are pretty great (hence the reason we want to share them with you).

Hornblower Niagara Cruises

Hornblower Niagara Cruises is one of those Niagara Falls Attractions that you must experience. This catamaran holds up to 700 people and has tours both day and night. From the Voyage to the Falls during the day to the Illumination by the Falls and Fireworks cruises at night. Whatever cruise you choose, you are sure to be wowed and well let’s be honest here, you are bound to get wet!

Journey Behind the Falls

Now let’s switch from a voyage in front of the Falls to a Journey Behind the Falls. This is another Niagara Falls Attraction that will leave you amazed and inspired. With this attraction, you’ll be descending 150 feet and get the chance to explore 130 year old tunnels and once again you just might get a little wet (or shall we say “misted”). And by the way, the negative icons from the Falls are supposed to be great for wellness. And speaking of wellness, there have been three Namaste Niagara yoga sessions at Journey Behind the Falls this summer and we’re hoping for more, so stay tuned.

Also new this summer is Night Lights in celebration of Canada’s 150th Birthday. Enjoy exclusive access to this natural wonder at the base of the Horseshoe Falls at night, underneath the stars, the radiance of the new falls illumination, and of course the thrill of falls fireworks.

Available Monday through Friday, 9:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m, until September 4th.

Wildplay’s MistRider Zipline to the Falls

This is one of the newer Niagara Falls Attractions that will allow you to soar through the sky on four parallel ziplines, travelling at 670 metres (2,200 feet) through the wide river gorge. And this might be the best view of both the Canadian Horseshoe and American Falls that you’ll experience at full speed.

And new this summer is the Whirlpool Adventure Course. With this attraction, you’ll get to choose your own adventure (Classic, Extreme, What’s to Fear Jump or the Kid’s Course).

Kids Course

Picture fun obstacles suspended up to 5 metres (16 feet high), including a dozen cool games and Bumble ziplines. The minimum age to join in the fun is 5 years old.

Classic Course

The Classic Course is just that, an obstacle course that includes ladders, nets, ropes, logs, bridges and a few surprises. The minimum age to join in is 7 years old.

Extreme Course

Take the classic course and add more challenging everything. The minimum age to participate is 12 years old and they must be accompanied by a chaperone.

What’s to Fear Jump

This is a loose line leap from 40 feet. Sounds like it should be part of the Extreme Course. The minimum age to participate in this jump is 7 years old.

Hiking on the Niagara Gorge Trail

A hike on the Niagara Gorge Trail is definitely for those who love nature and the great outdoors. It is certainly an outdoor adventure enjoyed by many locals, and we hope that our visitors from near and far take the time to explore it too (you won’t be disappointed). The Niagara Gorge Trail has been a designated Nature Reserve since 1992. This trail is a great work-out for the whole family and a great way to get one with nature. The metal stairs lead you to 4 km (2.5 mi) of paths that wind through a pristine pocket of Carolinian Forest, past boulders left behind as the Falls eroded through the area thousands of years ago. It’s a history lesson in beauty by your tour guide, Mother Nature.

There are many different paths to take: red, white, blue. Whatever path you choose, all lead to the thundering and wondrous Niagara River. During your journey, you’ll also discover interesting wildlife (such as salamanders, snakes or if you are lucky you might be able to spot the peregrine falcons nesting in the Niagara Gorge).

Also new this year, is an exciting experience at the Niagara Glen Nature Centre. This new Niagara Glen Nature Exchange program is in partnership with Science North and encourages hikers of all ages to get excited about nature, science and the environment around us. Hikers can share their precious finds at the Nature Centre and earn points for their find(s) or exchange their find for something perhaps more fascinating – how cool is that? Check out all the amazing details here.

Now let’s explore the outskirts of Niagara Falls. 

Niagara Wine Country

Niagara Wine Country is always evolving. With over 70+ wineries in Niagara to choose from, there is always a new winery to taste and explore. Some of our favourites include: Two Sisters Winery, Ravine Estate Winery, Trius, Jackson Triggs, Stratus winery, Peller Estates, 13th Street Estate Winery (to name a few).

Niagara Beer Country

We can’t forget about Niagara Beer Country too, it’s hopping with goodness if your palate prefers barley over grapes. The must-try microbreweries include: The Exchange Brewery, Niagara Oast Housebrewers, Silversmith and Taps. If you’re looking for an incredible patio, Oast is your place – with an upcycled patio and their new seasonal beer – 2017 Oak-Aged Peach Hefeweizen (I’m getting thirsty writing this). And another tasty detail is that the peaches are grown locally from Lepp Farms.

Niagara Events

Niagara is also exploding with tons of events throughout the summer. From Niagara Concerts (check out all the great concerts in our concert blog) to markets galore and other fabulous winery/music events.

Niagara Markets and More

Wednesday Night Supper Market – with farm to table goodness from incredible Niagara foodtrucks every Wednesday night from 4:30pm – dusk.

The Farmer’s Market – every Saturday starting at 8am

Sip and Stroll at Stratus Winery – September 2nd – 11am

Ravine Garden Tour – September 2nd at 3pm

Jackson Triggs Concert Series:

The Jim Cuddy Band – September 7th and 8th

Plus if you drive down St. Paul Avenue to Four Mile Creek Road, there are tons of pop-up market stands, where you can get your farm to table fix (it doesn’t get any fresher than this).

During your Niagara adventure, stay at one of the most fun-filled Niagara Falls hotels, that’s just footsteps from it all, the Courtyard Marriott. Check out our current One Night Romance Package Special Offer from $119 per night.

Canada 150 Niagara Falls Style

Canada 150 Niagara Falls Style

As Canadians we are so honoured and blessed to be born in such an amazing country.

Here are the Top 10 Reasons Why Canada is such an Awesome Country to Live In and Why You Should Celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday Niagara Falls Style.

Canada is so awesome because…

#1 Canada is known for its Caesars. It’s a magic antidote and is the perfect beverage for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The secret ingredient is Clamato juice, not Tomato Juice and it’s served with a pickle, pickled beans, pickled onions (anything pickled will do). And the best part is that you can order one of these beauties at the Courtyard Marriott on-site Keg Steakhouse + Bar every Saturday for only $5.

#2 Maple Syrup is a staple. We treat this golden nectar with respect and it can be purchased at any local grocery store here in Canada. You can see this golden nectar being produced live at the White Meadow Farms, located right here in Niagara. Be sure to stay for their amazing pancake breakfast and taste their maple syrup goodness firsthand.

#3 Currency. We have funny coins like the loonie and toonie and our bills look like Monopoly money (we wouldn’t have it any other way). As Canadians we proudly accept all of this funny money with a smile and we might apologize for it too.

#4 Coffee Crisp. We’re the inventors of Coffee Crisp and its delicious layers of crunchy wafer, milk chocolate with a hint of coffee. It’s a Canadian treasure for sure. This scrumptious treat can be found in our Market at the Courtyard, which is open 24 hours – even when your craving hits at midnight.

#5 Hockey – we live and breathe hockey. This sport is part of our DNA. And we’ve produced some pretty great hockey players: Gordie Howe, Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Mark Messier, Steve Yzerman, Ray Bourque, Bobby Orr, Maurice Richard, Guy Lafleur, Phil Esposito, Sidney Crosby (and the list keeps growing). On occasion, we’ve been known to have a few of these hockey celebrities stay at our hotel.

#6 – Poutine – we’re very creative with our food. Potatoes, cheese curds and gravy = one of the greatest comfort foods in the world and we are proud of it. There’s a great Poutinerie just around the corner from our Niagara Falls Hotel (see in Canada, Poutinerie is a word that is often used).

#7 Canadian Music. I think we can all agree that Canada produces some pretty incredible musicians: Arcade Fire, Gord Downie, Justin Bieber, Feist, Drake, Michael Buble, Deadmau5, Metric, Shania Twain, Celine Dion, Diana Krall (the list goes on). While our Keg Lounge might not showcase some of these top performers, it is a very popular hot spot for local musicians every Friday night from 8 – 11pm.

#8– We’re also pretty funny. Producing many of the great comedians of today. Jim Carrey, Mike Myers, Eugene Levy, Martin Short, Seth Rogan and Will Arnett. Just to name a few. Some of these greats have also taken the stage at the Fallsview Casino, just 593 footsteps from our hotel.

#9 – Canada is vast and beautiful. All 9.98 million square kilometres of it. As the second largest country in the world (after Russia), Canada is full of endless lakes and rivers. We are surrounded by three oceans, and we’re one of the few places in the world where you can ski and surf (outside) in the same day.

#10 Niagara Falls. Is without a doubt one of Canada’s hidden treasures and the power and beauty of Niagara Falls never ceases to amaze, whether you’re seeing this natural beauty for the 1st or 100th time. Lucky for us Canadians, the best place to view the Falls is on the ‘Canadian side’ (we mean this in the least boastful way). Millions of people from around the world pose in front of the Falls every day to capture that perfect selfie.

So the next time you find yourself blindfolded, spinning around 3 times and pointing your finger aimlessly on a map, looking for that next lucky spot to visit, think of all the amazing reasons to visit Canada and Niagara Falls in particular. Celebrate Canada 150 Niagara Falls Style and stay at one of the top Niagara Falls Hotels, the Courtyard Marriott, we’re just footsteps from the fun (literally).

593 footsteps….Fallsview Casino

604 footsteps…Clifton Hill

1107 footsteps…Casino Niagara

1201 footsteps…American Falls

1302 footsteps…Canadian Horseshoe Falls

And here’s why it is so important that you visit Niagara Falls in celebration of Canada’s 150 this year:

#1 – The Falls – see #10 (above). Its beauty will leave you speechless.  With heights of 176 feet and a colossal 150,000 gallons of water crashing down per second (just picture approximately one million bathtubs filled with water every minute). That’s how powerful and wondrous Niagara Falls truly is…

#2 – The Events

Live with Kelly and Ryan just took place in early June and let us tell you, the two shows were incredible. Watch some of the clips here:

June 5th

June 6th

At the Fallsview Casino, Pat Boone with be there until June 29th and the Gipsy Kings on June 30th

Elton John will be performing on November 15th at the Meridian Centre in St. Catharines – tickets are selling quickly

ArtPark Events  – just 20 minutes from our Niagara Falls hotel in Lewiston, New York. Experience ‘Tuesdays in the Park’ (Loverboy and Kim Mitchell, Blondie, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Jethro Tull). Plus on Wednesdays it’s Ziggy Marley on July 19th, Blink 182 on July 31st and the Arkells on August 19th.

Markets, Wine Festivals and Concerts – every week. Here are a few of our favourites:

Outdoor Concerts at Jackson-Triggs – get the best of both worlds, great music and wine in the great outdoors.

Alan Doyle and the Beautiful Gypsies with Skydiggers – July 4th – 6th. Tickets are limited.

Chantal Kreviazuk – July 8th. Tickets are limited.

Wednesday Supper Market – every Wednesday night throughout the summer enjoy food truck fare, local wine, craft beer and live entertainment

Coca Cola Concert Series – the concert series by the Falls kicks off on July 1st and 2nd and runs Monday – Friday until August 31st

Handmade Market – September 15th – 16th – 13th Street Winery –  Sip, savour and shop at this fun-filled annual event. 100+ artisans, local wine, food trucks.

#3 Niagara Wine Country and the Ever-growing Beer Country. Wow your taste buds with over 70+ Niagara wineries and Craft Breweries.

Niagara-on-the-Lake Wineries

Twenty Valley Wineries

Check out the full guide of Niagara Wineries

Craft Breweries in Niagara 

Winery Events

International Cool Climate Celebration – July 21st – 23rd – taste over 60 chardonnays from all corners of the globe, poured by their makers in one of the coolest venues in Niagara.

Niagara Grape and Wine Festival – September 9th – 24th – over 100 events, concerts, local wine and cuisine, street parades and more. This is a truly Canadiana experience

#4 The Amazing Niagara Falls Attractions

  • Hornblower Niagara Cruises
  • Journey Behind the Falls
  • Wildplay MistRider Zipline to the Falls and Whirlpool Adventure Course
  • Jet Boats Niagara
  • Niagara Helicopters
  • The new go-carting roller coaster track coming mid-July – it’s supposed to be one of the largest go-carting tracks in North America

 

#5 Two Incredible Casinos The Fallsview Casino and the Casino Niagara, which are both just footsteps away from our Niagara Falls Hotel.

Have we convinced you yet? Start planning your Canada 150 Niagara Falls getaway…you’ll be glad you did.

There’s a package with your name on it. From family fun to grown-up fun, there’s a little something for everyone!

Sources: Huffingtonpost.ca and globalnews.ca

Mother’s Day in Niagara Falls

Make Room for A LOT of Mother’s Day Fun in Niagara Falls

We know it’s mission impossible to find that perfect gift for one of the most important women in your life. We do however have some incredible suggestions that we know will make her day extra special. From breathtaking to wine-derful and maybe a bit theatrical, your mom will certainly feel like one lucky lady. So get ready to make room for a whole lot of F-U-N with your M-O-M!

Breathtaking

Hornblower Niagara Cruises is truly one of the most breathtaking Niagara Falls attractions that you simply must experience. Get up close and personal with Mother Nature with your Creator (a.k.a. Mom) by your side to hold your hand. There are so many tour options to choose from – from the Voyage to the Falls Boat Tour to the NEW Evening Tour and the Illumination or Fireworks Tours. So many options, that will keep you coming back.

Journey Behind the Falls

This Niagara Falls attraction is equally breathtaking and can go hand in hand with your Hornblower Niagara Cruise experience. Here you and your mom will get a back stage pass (literally) to all of the secret portals behind the Falls. This Journey is simply awe-some! Plus there’s also rumours that the mist produces these negative ions that help increase your health and wellness. So you can tell your mom that she’s receiving a spa treatment too (compliments of Mother Nature).

Ziplining

Or perhaps ziplining might be on your mom’s bucket list. We all have dreams and aspirations and today is her day after all. So check out Wildplay Niagara Zipline and get ready to travel 2,200 feet through the wide river gorge while getting some pretty spectacular views of the American and Canadian Horseshoe Falls.

Skylon Tower will be lit in Pink

We all know that mothers are special. In honour of your mom and Mother’s Day, the Skylon Tower will be lit in Pink.

Wine-der-ful Experiences

If your mom has a weakness for grapes (the tipsy kind) then she is going to love Niagara Wine Country and all of its glory.

Here are all the wine-der-ful events happening in May.

Sip and Sizzle – weekends in May

This is an annual event that we know your mom will LOVE. This is definitely a ‘glass half full’ kind of experience. Get ready to sip your way through 20+ Niagara-on-the-Lake Wineries and tempt your taste buds with unique grilled food goodness paired with your VQA wine.  Tour passes start at $45 per person.

Handmade Market – May 12th – 13th

This wonderful event is back for another year and for this reason you know it’s a good one. Raise a glass to mom while checking out over 110 Artisans, the 13th Street Bakery, fine wine, gourmet food and live music. Your mom will have the time of her life, as she sips, savours and shops the day away.

Party in the Vineyard – May 20th – 22nd

While this event might be the week after Mother’s Day, it’s a great excuse to keep the celebrations going all month long. The Party in the Vineyard is an event you don’t want to miss – wine, food truck deliciousness with the vineyard as your backdrop…the only question she’ll be asking is where do I sign up?

Vino and Cocoa – Peller Estates Winery – Monday – Thursday at 3pm. Friday – Sunday at 3pm and 5pm

We had you at wine and chocolate – right? It’s the perfect combination for your perfect person.

Market at the Village – Wednesday Night Supper Market – starting May 24th

If you can sneak away during the week with your mom, this is a must stop. Market at the Village happens every Wednesday night from 4:30pm – 9pm. Here you’ll experience some of Niagara’s favourite food truck fare and some of the top Niagara Wineries and Craft Breweries.

Port Dalhousie Spring Market – May 12th – 14 and May 19th – 22nd

Don’t miss the Port Dalhousie Spring Market – a marketplace full of treasures, live music, food trucks. Sounds like the perfect way to spend Mother’s Day weekend!

Bring out the Inner Child in Your Mom

Who doesn’t love a tea party? The thought of a tea party always brings me back to the Alice in Wonderland days, but we promise this one won’t involve crazy rabbits or mice who won’t serve you a cup of tea. Enjoy a traditional afternoon tea and freshly baked goods at the McFarland House in celebration of your mom.

For the Love of Theatre

Shaw Festival

Niagara-on-the-Lake is also a quaint place to take your mom for the day. You can spend the afternoon or evening exploring this unique town full of character and history – from the unique boutiques to cozy cafes and the world class theatre at the Shaw Festival.

Over Mother’s Day weekend, there are so many plays to catch. From Saint Joan to Me and My Girl or the Farmer’s Revolt (and much more), there’s surely something that will make your mom happy!

The Courtyard by Marriott is one of the top 4-star Niagara Falls hotels just footsteps from all of the fun. Check out our Mother’s Day Niagara Falls Packages for one or two nights.

Make room for a little fun this Mother’s Day!

 

Things to do in Niagara Falls this Weekend

Things to do in Niagara Falls this Weekend

It’s the most wonderful month of the year (well one of them). December is such a great month, with so many things to do in Niagara Falls.

Here are all the incredible and festive things to do this weekend:

Let’s Get Festive

The Niagara Winter Festival of Lights – the 34th annual Niagara Festival of Lights is back even with more holiday pizzazz. The route has expanded from 5km of festive fun to 8km and there are so many new and exciting displays.

NEW and improved Falls Illumination – come and experience radiance at its finest. Featuring new LED lights which will provide over twice the current brightness and a wider range of colours. The new, energy-efficient system will also use 82% less power than the previous Xenon lights.

Fireworks over the Falls – every Friday starting at 9pm and every night at 9pm from December 23rd – 30th, experience the spectacular display of fireworks over the Falls

Laser Light Shows – this weekend you’ll get to see exhilarating laser light shows in the Fallsview Blvd. District. Come again between Dec. 23rd – 31st and experience the magic in our own backyard, the Clifton Hill District.

Deck the Falls Walking Tour – this weekend from 5pm – 10pm. This is a new self-guided tour, where you get to taste, sip and experience the tastefully decorated lobbies and venues of the Fallsview Boulevard District. You’ll start your tour with some keepsake Deck the Falls mittens.

Niagara-on-the-Lake Santa Claus Parade – this Saturday, December 10th starting at 11am. Come and see Santa and a wonderful display of festive fun in the beautiful and historical town of Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Let’s Shop and Sip

Port Dalhousie Christmas Market – it’s the first annual Christmas Market in the quaint town of Port Dalhousie. Here you’ll experience the talents of local artisans, as well as local fare and beverages, plus live entertainment.

Let’s Have Fun

Greg Frewin Theatre – experience magic and mystery this weekend at the Greg Frewin Theatre.

Shrek the Musical – this is a fun experience for the whole family. All of the Shrek characters come to life in a live performance this weekend at the Scotiabank Convention Centre.

And let the planning begin for a New Year’s Eve in Niagara Falls. This year there will be musical performances from High Valley, Serena Ryder and Sam Roberts Band.

Stay at the Niagara Falls Hotel close to it all, the Courtyard Marriott Niagara Falls. Check out our current special offer, a One Night Romance Package starting at $110 per night.

 

Niagara Falls in December

Niagara Falls in December

Yes you heard us correctly? Niagara Falls in December! It’s hard to believe that another year is coming to an end and Christmas is just around the corner. With that being said, there are so many exciting Niagara Falls events happening in the month of December. So get your calendars out and start planning for some Winter Fun!

Holiday Fun

Niagara Falls Festival of Lights – a trip to Niagara Falls in December has to include a drive through the Niagara Falls Festival of Lights. Plus it’s new and improved. 8km of lights, new state-of-the-art illumination technology, new displays, Deck the Falls walking tour – need we say more?!

Laser and Light Show – it’s a truly memorable audio/visual experience using visual effects with a kaleidoscope of colour & texture treatments, visual transitions, with dynamic music and sound. The fun happens nightly every 15 minutes from 6 – 9pm from now until January 31st.

Christmas Parades – the fun has only begun. Don’t miss the Port Colborne parade on Dec. 3rd and the Niagara-on-the-Lake one on December 10th.

Handmade Markets – don’t miss the 1st ever handmade market in the quaint town of Port Dalhousie. On December 2nd, it’s the annual Ridley Christmas Market in St. Catharines, which features 60 plus vendors with unique creations just in time for the holidays.

Concerts

Fallsview Casino’s Christmas on Ice – it’s a thrilling event featuring world-class ice skating from some of the best performers.

Festival of Stars – Dec. 4th – 5th at the Meridian Centre  – These two days will be filled with popular tunes from popular Irish crooner, Daniel O’Donnell, after his nearly two-year hiatus from performing, joined by Mary Duff. Branson-favourite Mike Walker, will perform his tribute program “Conway Twitty Remembered”, with hits including “Hello Darlin’” and “I may Never Get to Heaven.” Don’t miss five-time GRAMMY Award-winning singer BJ Thomas, singing “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head” and other hits from his 50-year career. Festival of Stars brings world-class artists to the world-class Niagara region.

Shrek the Musical – Looking for a little fun and musical adventure for the whole family? Check out “Shrek the Musical.” It’s a one-of-a-kind, hilarious, fairy tale of princesses, monsters, dragons, donkeys and more.

Stay at the Niagara Falls hotel close to all of this holiday fun, the Courtyard Marriott Niagara Falls. Check out our Niagara Falls Packages and find the perfect one for you.