Niagara Falls Tourism – End of Summer Start of Fall

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…

Hornblower Niagara Cruises

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.

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Journey Behind the Falls

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:

https://www.facebook.com/niagaraparks/videos/10153686525002353/

 

Journey-Behind-the-Falls1 Niagara-Parks-Yoga

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.

WildPlay’s MistRider Zipline to the Falls

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.

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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”).

Brew at the Zoo

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?

Niagara Oast House Brewers

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.

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A Bee-autiful Experience at Rosewood Estate Winery

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 

Niagara Wine Festival

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.

Markets

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).

Wednesday Night Supper Market

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.

Handmade Market

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.

 

 

What to do in Niagara Falls

What to do in Niagara Falls?

(Said no one ever)! If you are a first timer to Niagara Falls this might be the one and only time you will be asking the question “What to do in Niagara Falls? Niagara Falls is so much more than a huge waterfall (well let’s clear one thing up…there are actually three waterfalls to be exact), The Canadian Horseshoe Falls, the American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls. Now let’s get to the good stuff. The fun stuff…the making memories with your family kind of stuff.

Even as a local Niagarian, there are so many places to explore with your family.

Here are a few favourites for the first timers and second timers because you can’t do everything in one day. Niagara is a whole region, not just one city…so get ready to make room for a little fun with the fam.

Hornblower Niagara Cruises

Young and old, this is an adventure for all ages. Hold on tight and be sure to grab a red poncho because you are going to get wet.  These catamarans hold up to 700 people and take approximately 8000 trips #IntoTheMist. Cast your vote and coin Hornblower Niagara Cruises as the Top Ontario Attraction – https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TBKFKHN

Journey Behind the Falls

Wardrobe change time, this time to a yellow poncho. Get ready to literally take a journey behind the Falls (the name tells it like it is). Here you’re going to experience the mighty Falls crashing from 13 storeys above. During the summertime, there is over 2,800 cubic meters of water thundering over the brink of the Falls every second, travelling 65 kilometers per hour (and you get to experience that from behind the scenes). Yes, you get a back stage pass…

Wildplay’s MistRider Zipline to the Falls

This is the newest and most talked about attraction. It officially launches to the public on July 20th. Get ready to fly as you soar through the sky on four parallel ziplines, travelling at 670 metres (2,200 feet) through the wide river gorge. And the best part is that you get front row seats to the American and Horseshoe Falls. The minimum age to fly starts at 7 years old (or 65 pounds).

There’s also the Whirlpool Adventure Course to explore. Choose your own adventure (Classic, Extreme or Kids 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.

Hiking in the Niagara Gorge Trail

The Niagara Glen is one of those hidden gems loved by the locals and those adventurous visitors who discover it have an equal fondness and appreciation for this nature beauty. The Niagara Gorge Trail has been a designated Nature Reserve since 1992. Don’t let the metal stairways intimidate you. These stairs lead 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).

Safari Niagara

Safari Niagara is one of those attractions that you might explore during your second visit to Niagara Falls. It’s a bit of a hike (a 20 minute drive) to the quaint town of Stevensville, but so worth it! It’s so much more than a zoo. It’s the coolest classroom setting you can imagine. It’s a lesson in Zoology. A chance for the kids to learn about all different species (1000 to be exact). It’s a cooling zone where kids can cool off after a hot day of exploration. It’s a physical education lesson where kids can burn off tons of energy in the sand park or jump on the pillowy trampoline. It’s a place of inspiration where kids can become a zookeeper for the day. A zookeeper? How cool is that? In honour of National Zookeeper Week, July 17 – 23, Safari Niagara is giving the opportunity for one lucky child to become a Jr. Zookeeper for the day on August 9th. Check out the details on Facebook. It’s also a music lesson for parents, where they can recite the lyrics to ACDC on July 23rd or Pink Floyd on August 13th.

Urban Slide

If you happen to be visiting Niagara Falls on August 13th, you have to check out the urban slide. It’s 1000 feet of slip and slide fun. There are also custom designed surfboards, tubes and towels to enhance your experience (yes please)!

If you’re more into tradition, don’t forget all the popular things to do in Niagara Falls. From the Butterfly Conservatory to the Bird Kingdom and you can’t forget the place that screams fun, “Clifton Hill.”

Stay in the “centre of it all,” the Courtyard Marriott is one of the most family friendly Niagara Falls Hotels loved by those big and small. We’ll help solve the “what to do in Niagara Falls” mystery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Niagara Falls 4th of July and Canada Day in Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls 4th of July and Canada Day Celebrations

One of the biggest weekend celebrations in Canada and the United States is coming up very soon. These celebrations are the official kick-off to Summer (I think a happy dance is in order – don’t you?!)

Here are some of our favourite ways to celebrate not only Canada Day in Niagara Falls, but the 4th of July in Niagara Falls too (we love our American friends).

Niagara Falls Fireworks

Can you think of a better way to kick-off the official start to summer and express our the love for our countries, than with Niagara Falls Fireworks? Start the festivities at 8pm in Queen Victoria Park for the Coca Cola Concert Series followed by Fireworks over the Falls at dusk.

What’s also great is that a portion of the Niagara Parkway from Clifton Hill to Fraser Hill will be off limits to cars on Canada Day. WEGO buses and Niagara Parks service vehicles will be the only vehicles operating, which is perfect if you are a visitor to Niagara Falls.

Canada Day Parade

Nothing says patriotism like a Canada Day Parade. The festivities start bright and early at 9am with a run/walk at Oakes Park and a Citizenship Ceremony happening simultaneously, followed by the Niagara Falls Concert Band at 10am and the famous Canada Day Parade at 11am along Victoria Avenue to Queen Street ending on St. Clair Avenue. The entertainment continues after the parade with free birthday cake, face painting and more.

Niagara Markets

Saturdays are thriving with Markets. From the Farmer’s Market in Niagara-on-the-Lake where all of the locals hang out in search of the freshest fruits and vegetables and unique finds to the Market in St. Catharines with their fresh baked goodies, sun-kissed produce and handmade treasures.

Niagara Wineries

Niagara’s wine scene is also exploding into a grape haven. With over 70 Niagara Wineries to choose from, Niagara is definitely not short of some great places to raise a glass to patriotism. Start Exploring.

There’s also Food Truck Saturdays at Thirty Bench Winery. On July 2nd it’s Mexican night. Grab a glass of vino and enjoy food truck fare from Taco Queso.

Niagara Microbreweries

Continue the “hoppiness” at one of Niagara’s microbreweries. Our favourite finds are: Niagara Oast House Brewers (just look for the Big Red Barn past the Old Oak).  Be sure to check out their NEW upcycled patio. There’s also Silversmith in Niagara-on-the-Lake (just look for the church, an old church from 1894 converted in a hip microbrewery). And last but not least, there’s the newest kid in town, The Exchange Brewery – with lots of ale and porter options to choose from.

Get Musical

The Falls are alive with the sound of music (lots of it).

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Whitesnake – Tuesday, June 28th – 6:30pm – 10pm

Ray LaMontagne – Wednesday, June 29th – 6:30pm – 10pm

The Band Perry – Tuesday, July 5th – 6:30pm – 10pm

Noel Gallagher’s High Fly Birds – Wednesday, July 6th – 6:30pm – 10pm

Friendship Festival

It’s a big one this year. The Friendship Festival is celebrating its 30th Year of great Canadian and United States friendship  since the end of the War of 1812. This year the celebration of fun is not on its typical Canada Day/Memorial Day holiday weekend, but rather from July 21st – 24th. These four days are all about fun, food, tribute bands (such as Black Sabbath, Heart, Rolling Stones), original music from Cardinal Street and the famous “Festival’s Got Talent.” So if you decide to postpone your Canada Day/4th of July celebrations, be sure to check out the Friendship Festival.

And we know of the perfect place to stay during the festivities. Make room for A LOT of Fun at the Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls. We’ve Got a Package with Your Name on it: One Night, Two Night, Romance, Family Fun and one for the Girls.

Happy Celebrating!

The Top Five Niagara Falls Canada Attractions

The Top Five Niagara Falls Canada Attractions

Niagara Falls continues to amaze us with ever-evolving new and exciting attractions.

Here are our top five Niagara Falls Canada Attractions that you MUST experience:

#1 Hornblower Niagara Cruises

If you haven’t yet experienced the wonderment of this watercraft attraction, well you simply must. You can experience it day or night, as there are many cruise options to choose from:

Voyage to the Falls Boat Tour

This is a 20 minute exhilarating boat cruise that provides spectacular views of the American, Bridal Veil and gets right into the mist of our personal favourite, the Canadian Horseshoe Falls. Hold on tight because this is a thrilling boat tour that will leave you speechless.

Falls Illumination Cruise

Experience 40 minutes of getting to know our natural wonder, Niagara Falls at night. This is a sensory experience that your eyes and ears will love. You won’t believe how close you get to both the American and Canadian Horseshoe Falls and to see both Falls illuminated in all colours of the rainbow and the spectacular skyline of the city – ummm breathtaking.

Fireworks Cruise

This cruise is similar to the Falls Illumination Cruise, but also includes an extraordinary display of the fireworks over the Falls (your kids might even use the word “epic” to describe this experience).

Check out the Day Cruise for yourself:

#2 Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours

This one is equally as exhilarating as #1 and will definitely get your heart racing. This 45 minute to 1 hour journey will be one history and geology lesson you will be talking about for years. You’ll learn important facts about the majestic Niagara River and experience class 5 whitewater rapids first hand. Be sure to hold on to your seats for a ride of a lifetime.

 

 

#3 Journey Behind the Falls

With this Niagara Falls attraction, you’ll take a journey deep below (45 metres (150 ft.) through bedrock to tunnels) leading to the awe-inspiring Niagara Falls and YES you WILL get WET! The mighty Niagara Falls mist will tumble from 13 storeys above.

Now here are some cool facts (again more history lessons – it’s a win-win situation for you and your kids):

  • over 2,800 cubic metres of water thunders over the brink every second, traveling 65 kilometres per hour
  • you’ll experience the awesome spectacle of one-fifth of the world’s fresh water crashing down to the basin below

 

#4 Whirlpool Aero Car

On this spectacular attraction you will soar the Great Gorge above the Niagara River in an antique cable car (your kids might be thinking “archaic”, but by the end (trust us) they will be thinking “awesome”). During this ride you’ll see the thunderous rapids of the Niagara Whirlpool right below you (this is the point where “archaic” turns to “awesome”).

The whirlpool aero car travels safely between two different points of the Canadian shore of the Niagara River over the spectacular Whirlpool. A round trip is about one kilometre (3,600 feet) and can carry up to 35 standing passengers. Be sure to explore the White Water Walk and experience the raging rapids that twist and turn right before your very eyes.

#5 a) Ziplining Niagara Falls

This unbelievable attraction is now very much alive and is one of the most talked about Niagara Falls Canada Attractions.

The MistRider Zipline will soar high and fast towards the breathtaking Niagara Falls.

This is how it’s set to work:

  • there will be four parallel ziplines travelling at 670 metres (2,200 feet) through the wild river gorge, where you will experience picture perfect views of the American and Canadian Horseshoe Falls
  • Pricing is currently expected to be $49.99 per person
  • Minimum age is 7 years old (rider must weigh between 65 and 300lbs)
  • Youth under 14 years old must be accompanied by an adult

 

Pre-book your adventure today!

b) Whirlpool Adventure Course

This is a thrilling and adventurous new experience that is sure to bring out your inner child. This course involves suspended obstacles and ziplines high above the Whirlpool and Great Gorge. There will be three self-paced courses which involve climbing, ziplining, jumping, and swinging aerial games.

‘What’s to Fear Jump’

This is a loose line leap from 40-feet (yes you heard us correctly – 40 feet)! The heart-pounding plummet to terra firma (here’s your chance to polish up your latin skills) is a mental and physical adrenaline-rush for people age seven to adult. The ‘What’s to Fear Jump’ can be done as a stand-alone activity, or to enhance WildPlay’s Whirlpool Adventure Course experience.

Prices range from $19.99 to $39.99

We don’t have any cool pictures or videos to share at this point, but when we do you’ll be the first to see them or feel free to send us some shots of your great adventures.

Are you ready for some awe-inspiring new adventures this summer? Be sure to check out all of these incredible Niagara Falls Canada Attractions very soon! And get ready to add some good old memories to that memory bank of yours.

 

Fun Things to Do in Niagara Falls for Families

Fun Things to Do in Niagara Falls for Families

January is just flying by and before you know it, it will be time for our mini break with our families. Whether it’s just for a few days or a week away, the Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls is the place to be this Family Day and/or March Break. It’s the little things in life that make us happy and having fun with our family is one of the greatest things.

Here are our favourite fun things to do in Niagara Falls with our families:

 Bird Kingdom – great Family Specials

Spend a day with your little munchkins and thousands of free flying munchkins (a.k.a birds) and reptiles. The Bird Kingdom is offering $2.00 off each regular admission on a daily basis. However check out this great deal: during March Break (March 14 – 20), receive 50% off your child’s admission. This promises to be a fun-filled day.

March Break at Niagara Falls Museums – March 18th – 10am – 5pm

This FREE event has fun written all over it. Explore the prehistoric world of dinosaurs with Club Rex @ 11am & 1pm! Get hands-on with their collection of dinosaur skulls, claws, teeth and real fossils! After the show, join museum staff to make a craft and search the museum for clues about our past! Finish the day off with a movie @ 3pm.

March Break Fun at Heartland Forest 

Get one with nature during March Break at Heartland Forest. While there are no scheduled events or activities, bundle your kids up (weather permitting) and explore the trails, see what’s lurking in the pond and let your kids get dirty in the playground area. After all that’s what childhood is all about – exploring and learning.

Butterfly Conservatory

The learning never ends at the Butterfly Conservatory. Explore this lush, tropical setting with over 2000 colourful  butterflies fluttering about freely (you might even be lucky enough to have one land on you). Plus check out the Emergence window, where butterflies leave their pupae and prepare for their very first flight!! You also can’t miss the “We are the Insects” Exhibit – it’s a perfect family day adventure. The renowned Montreal Insectarium will be occupying the Butterfly Conservatory’s main atrium until March 31st. There will be educational displays along with live specimens including varieties of Praying Mantis, Flower Beetles, Cockroaches and Scorpions. Click here for additional information and workshop schedules.

Niagara Parks Wonder Pass

Explore the most wondrous Niagara Falls attractions including Journey Behind the Falls, Niagara’s Fury and the Butterfly Conservatory. Save 55% when you book the Niagara Wonder Pass. Adults $21.95 plus tax | Kids 6 – 12 $16.95 plus tax.

White Meadows Farms Sugar Bush Adventure 

The Sugar Bush adventure is a real treat for the whole family. Get one with nature and learn how the magic of Maple Syrup is created…right in the heart of the Sugar Bush. This is what your adventure will look like…Visit interactive stations along your route where the Natives retell the tales of maple syrup’s discovery and modern sugarmakers measure the girth of their trees. Jig with the pioneers to their favourite fiddle tunes while maple syrup boils over an open fire, or clasp the handles of a lumberjack’s saw to cut your own sugar bush bling. Whether you go to zigzag through the boggling sap line maze, swagger across the old rickety bridge, or test your wingspan back-to-back with a mighty bird, fun times await in the sugar bush for the whole family. Let our period-dressed re-enactors answer your maple questions while they transport you across the awe-inspiring world of 100% Pure Maple Syrup.  And don’t miss the legendary, stick-to-your-lips delicious, sugaring-season tradition — Taffy-on-Snow!

Clifton Hill – “the street of oh so much fun”

A trip to Niagara Falls wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Clifton Hill. From the spooky haunted houses to bowling and the Canadian midway, there’s lots of fun to be had on Clifton Hill.

Stay at one of the most family friendly Niagara Falls Hotels, the Courtyard by Marriott. We’re minutes away from all of these Niagara Falls family activities. Plus we have tons of on-site amenities (like our indoor pool and games room) and our Kids Love Niagara Package to keep your family entertained all day long. This package includes it all: accommodations, one dinner voucher for The Keg ($40 value) or T.G.I. Friday’s ($35 value), movie and popcorn night in your guest room, 4 Ultimate Fun Passes (Niagara SkyWheel, Movieland Wax Museum, Galaxy Glow in the Dark mini putt, Ghostblasters Haunted House Ride and XD Theatre – 6D Motion Ride Experience), plus fifteen tokens at the Canadian Midway on Clifton Hill.

Check out our current One Night Family Fun Package which starts at $189.99 per night and includes: accommodations, breakfast, one dinner voucher for The Keg Steakhouse + Bar or T.G.I. Friday’s, four SkyWheel Passes and a movie and popcorn night in your guest room.

Niagara Falls in Winter

Niagara Falls in Winter

Unfortunately all good things must come to an end. In a few weeks it will be time to say good-bye to the 33rd annual Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights and the 3 Million twinkling lights and over 125 animated displays. Be sure to get your last viewing before January 31, 2016. Many of the associates have had a chance to see the Festival of Lights this year and the feedback has been outstanding. One of the favourites are the trees wrapped in lights along the Parkway and in Dufferin Islands.

DUFFERIN ISLANDS

Speaking of Dufferin Islands, this year has been one to remember. From the incredible Canadian Wildlife displays to the dozens of individually wrapped trees and inukshuks, this year’s Winter Festival of Lights is truly wondrous.

FREE LASER LIGHT SHOWS

Don’t miss the free laser light shows in the Fallsview Boulevard District nightly at 5:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm and 8:30pm until January 24th. There is also an interactive laser booth where you can write messages and see them immediately on a near-by building with laser-light. How cool is that?

FIREWORKS AND FALLS ILLUMINATION SCHEDULE

There are also the spectacular fireworks over the Falls every Friday night at 9pm until January 29th. Plus nightly Niagara Falls illuminations. Check out the 2016 Niagara Falls Illumination and Fireworks Schedule.

NIAGARA FALLS IN WINTER EVENTS:

– Niagara Icewine Festival which runs until January 31st

– Skate Niagara Ice Show – Meridian Centre – February 26th

– Snowshoeing in the Vineyard –  Thirty Bench – weekends in January, February and March

Niagara Casinos – Shows and Events – Both Sides of the Border  (Taylor Dayne, Michael Bolton, Little Big Town, Whoopi Goldberg, Tracy Morgan 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 for your Winter Getaway? The Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls is one of the closest Niagara Falls Hotels to these spectacular and traditional Winter Events. Check out our current special offer, a One Night Package starting at $109 per night. And check back on Monday for our next special offer.

Make Niagara Falls in Winter an annual tradition!

Niagara Falls Christmas Events 2015

Niagara Falls Christmas Events 2015

It’s almost the most wonderful time of the year. Niagara Falls is the place to be this Christmas Season.

Here is what is happening in Niagara this Holiday Season:

Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights

Over 3 Million lights over a 5km route – how spectacular is that? Don’t miss the 32nd annual Winter Festival of Lights happening just minutes away from our hotel. The magic happens every evening until January 31st. This is one holiday event, you won’t want to miss.

Laser Light Shows

NEW to the Winter Festival of Lights this year are the laser light shows. One is happening right in our neighbourhood at the top of Clifton Hill. From December 19th – 30th, each evening there will be two lights shows, one at 6pm and the other at 9pm. There’s also a fun interactive laser booth where the whole family can write messages or draw pictures with laser light. Plus this Saturday, December 19th visit Santa Claus himself from 5 – 6pm or 7 – 8pm. The next event is happening from January 14th – 24th in the Fallsview District.

Fireworks over the Falls

During the Winter Festival of Lights enjoy Fireworks over the Falls every Friday night at dusk. Plus during the holiday season, December 21st – 26th, celebrate the holidays with fireworks every evening.

Hoot for the Holidays – Butterfly Conservatory – until January 2nd (each Saturday)

You’ll give the gift of nature this holiday season when you visit the Butterfly Conservatory’s special exhibit, Hoot for the Holidays. Featuring a variety of owls and other birds of prey along with its own stunning Owl Butterflies. The exhibit will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., each Saturday until January 2. Join local conservationists David and Kim Gibson as they introduce these beautiful Sky-Hunters or birds of prey and educate us all about their habits, unique abilities and the importance of habitat conservation. Visitors will then have an opportunity to experience and learn more about the Owl Butterflies that call the Conservatory their home and learn how they got their special name.

Floral Showhouse Holiday Display

The Floral Showhouse Holiday Display is a beautiful and exotic annual floral favourite for 65 years! It’s a great way to celebrate the beauty of the holiday season.

Niagara Falls New Years Eve 2015

Don’t miss the Niagara Falls New Years Eve 2015 concert in Queen Victoria Park starting at 8pm. This year’s line up includes: Tom Cochrane & Red Rider, Dennis DeYoung and the Music of Styx, Down with Webster and Alan Doyle & The Beautiful Gypsies.

Niagara Wineries

Raise a glass to the holidays and celebrate at one of the 70 Niagara Wineries throughout Niagara Wine Country. Choose your favourites in Niagara-on-the-Lake or Twenty Valley. Plus hop on over to one of the Microbreweries – Niagara Oast or Silversmith.

After all of this holiday celebrating you are going to need a place to rest your head. Check out one of the best Niagara Falls Hotel Deals at the Courtyard Marriott Niagara Falls. Our One Night Package has it it: accommodations, breakfast, dinner voucher, beer, wine, cheese and fudge tasting and a lavender culinary experience starting at $109 per night.

Happy Holidays!

Courtyard Marriott Niagara Falls Hotels Blog – Niagara Falls March Break

Courtyard Marriott Niagara Falls Hotels Blog – Niagara Falls March Break

It’s only the beginning of January, but we are all secretly counting down the days for a mini break with our families. Whether it be a few days away or a week getaway, the Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls is the place to be this Family Day and/or March Break. Take a break from your daily routine and get ready for some fun-filled Niagara Falls Family Activities.  Here are a few of our favourites:

Family Day Adventures

 Bird Kingdom – $2.00 off each regular admission 

Spend a day with your little munchkins and thousands of free flying munchkins (a.k.a birds) and reptiles. The Bird Kingdom is offering $2.00 off each regular admission. This promises to be a fun-filled day.

Family Day at Niagara Falls Museums – Feb 15th – 11am – 3pm

This FREE event has fun written all over it. Participate in a reptile show, get creative and crafty with crafts and put your thinking cap on for an exciting scavenger hunt adventure.

Winterfest at Heartland Forest – February 15th – 11am – 3pm

Don’t miss Winterfest at Heartland Forest. This FREE event features fun and exciting hands-on activities both indoors and out. Stay tuned for March break details.

Butterfly Conservatory

The learning never ends at the Butterfly Conservatory. Explore this lush, tropical setting with over 2000 colourful  butterflies fluttering about freely (you might even be lucky enough to have one land on you). Plus check out the Emergence window, where butterflies leave their pupae and prepare for their very first flight!!

Niagara Parks Wonder Pass

Explore the most wondrous Niagara Falls attractions including Journey Behind the Falls, Niagara’s Fury and the Butterfly Conservatory. Save 55% when you book the Niagara Wonder Pass. Adults $21.95 plus tax | Kids 6 – 12 $16.95 plus tax.

White Meadows Farms Sugar Bush Adventure 

The Sugar Bush adventure is a real treat for the whole family. Experience self-guided tours, re-enactors dressed in period costumes, native stories, maple syrup taffy treats, hot dog roasting, tree tapping, face painting, life like a lumberjack and learn about the rich history of Canada’s first maple syrup harvest of the year. The list of possibilities are endless. Plus enjoy their delicious homemade pancakes and fresh from the tree, homemade maple syrup.

Stay at one of the most family friendly Niagara Falls Hotels, the Courtyard by Marriott. We’re minutes away from all of these Niagara Falls family activities. Plus we have tons of on-site amenities (like our indoor pool and games room) and our Kids Love Niagara Package to keep your family entertained all day long. This package includes it all: accommodations, one dinner voucher for The Keg ($40 value) or T.G.I. Friday’s ($35 value), movie and popcorn night in your guest room, 4 Ultimate Fun Passes (Niagara SkyWheel, Movieland Wax Museum, Galaxy Glow in the Dark mini putt, Ghostblasters Haunted House Ride and XD Theatre – 6D Motion Ride Experience), plus fifteen tokens at the Canadian Midway on Clifton Hill.

Check out our current One Night Family Fun Package which starts at $189.99 per night and includes: accommodations, breakfast, one dinner voucher for The Keg Steakhouse + Bar or T.G.I. Friday’s, four SkyWheel Passes and a movie and popcorn night in your guest room.

Make room for a little fun with your family!!

Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights 2015

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Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights

The Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights 2015 is one of the most wonderful events of the year in Niagara Falls starting on November 21st and running until January 31st, 2016 (sing with us).

The 33rd annual Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights (a.k.a. Winter Festival of Lights to us local folk) is finally here! It’s definitely an exciting annual event that we all look forward to every year. It’s the largest Illumination Festival in Canada and the city of Niagara Falls is alive with over 3 Million twinkling lights and over 125 animated displays.

Laser Light Shows

Don’t miss the ALL NEW Laser Light Shows happening throughout various Niagara Falls neighbourhoods. There will be two x 15 minute spectacular shows:

Victoria Avenue District – December 19th – 30th at 6:30pm and 8:30pm

Fallsview Boulevard – January 14th – 24th at 6:30pm and 8:30pm

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Afterwards, be sure to check out the Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights’ 5km illumination route to see the beautiful light displays throughout the Niagara Parks Winter Wonderland, Dufferin Islands and in surrounding tourist districts.

Spirit of Niagara Sound & Light Show

There’s so much entertainment happening in Niagara Falls this Winter. Catch the thrilling thematic journey of Niagara experienced through music, spectacular lighting and image projections. Through impressive state-of-the-art digital technology, the show depicts Niagara’s arts, culture and entertainment!  The city-facing side of the Oakes Hotel will serve as the canvas for the Festival’s newest lighting technology. Acting as a storytelling aid, Heno, the Thunderbeing, who lived in a huge grotto behind the Great Falls, and his arch nemesis; the Great Serpent of the Falls, will steer you through the “Spirit of Niagara” Light and Sound Show which features Niagara’s rich history. The “Spirit of Niagara” Sound & Light Show is Presented by Fallsview Casino Resort and Tourism Partnership of Niagara.

Dufferin Islands

Year after year, visitors love the tradition of Dufferin Islands. This will be the second year that Dufferin Islands will feature the Canadian Wildlife displays including: a moose and bison, howling wolves, charging rams, bears, beavers, geese and deer. This winter wonderland also includes the Sylma, a 20′ x 35′  magnificent tower of cascading lights enhanced by projection illuminations on over 70 trees and a 30′ water feature which will be choreographed to music.

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.

Fireworks and Falls Illumination Schedule

At 9pm every Friday night between November 21st and January 29th, 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.

2015-16 Niagara Falls Winter Fireworks over the Falls Performance Schedule!

Friday, December 4th, 11th, 18th,

Nightly Fireworks Shows: December 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 25th, 26th

Friday, January 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th

Check out the opening ceremonies’ fireworks from last year.

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.

Check out the Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Light’s illuminate route. 

And with the Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights comes many other exciting Niagara Falls Events such as New Year’s Eve in Niagara Falls. Details will be announced soon.

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

Niagara Falls Casinos – Fall for Great Entertainment

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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.

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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.