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.

 

Santa Claus Parades in Niagara 2016

Santa Claus Parades in Niagara 2016

 

You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout….Santa Claus is coming to Niagara.

Children are patiently waiting for the arrival of Saint Nick and every parent is patiently waiting for the arrival of their elf on the shelf. Everyone will be on their best behaviour this holiday season.

If you’re looking for a Santa Claus parade to attend, there are many Santa Claus Parades in Niagara starting this weekend:

Niagara Falls Santa Claus Parade – November 19th11am

This year’s parade will include 12 marching bands, superheroes, stilt walkers and of course Santa Claus himself.

The parade starts on Victoria Avenue at Armoury Street and heads north along Victoria Avenue, right on Valley Way and right on Queen Street and ending just past City Hall.

After the parade, children can meet Santa and Mrs. Claus and Canada Post will be collecting Christmas letters to deliver back to the North Pole.

Port Colborne Santa Claus Parade – December 3rd

Starting at 9am, children can have a pancake breakfast with Santa Claus (how amazing is that?). At 1pm, Santa will be travelling along the canal on his tug boat for a stop along West Street, followed by the ever popular photo session with Santa from 1:30 – 3:00pm.

In the evening, the fun continues at 6:30pm with the annual Lighted Santa Claus Parade.

Niagara-on-the-Lake Santa Claus Parade  – December 10th

Santa is making his rounds in Niagara with his next stop in Niagara-on-the-Lake from 11am – 2pm.

This Winter is going to be a very exciting one with so many Niagara Falls Events. From the famous Niagara Festival of Lights starting on November 19th and running until January 31st to the various Niagara Craft Shows which have already begun. And we can’t forget about the annual Icewine Festival from January 13th – 27th. There’s a new event happening every weekend in Niagara.

Twenty Valley Winter Winefest – January 13th – 15th

Niagara-on-the Lake Icewine Festival – January 21st – 22nd

Niagara Falls Icewine Festival – January 27th – 29th

Book your stay at the Courtyard Marriott, one of the most festive Niagara Falls Hotels. With rates starting at $119 this November, you can’t beat a deal like that!

 

 

 

 

 

Niagara Falls Festival of Lights

Niagara Falls Festival of Lights

It’s the 34th Annual Niagara Falls Festival of Lights and this is one festival that you don’t want to miss, as there will be so many exciting new features.

The festival kicks-off with the traditional ‘flick the switch’ ceremony on November 19th and runs until January 31st. This is an event that so many people have built into their annual holiday traditions and this year it’s going to be even more spectacular than ever.

What is so wonderful about the Niagara Falls Festival of Lights is that this year it is mixed with “traditional” and “new”. This year the route has expanded from its traditional 5 km to 8 km of illuminated fun.  The route travels through the Niagara Parks, Dufferin Islands and into the surrounding tourist districts (Fallsview Blvd., Victoria Avenue, Clifton Hill and Lundy’s Lane). Plus the provincial agency has invested $300,000 on lighting, programming and infrastructure improvements within Queen Victoria Park, which means this is going to be an incredible year!

Here is Niagara Falls Festival of Lights winter schedule:

Opening Ceremonies

The opening ceremonies kick-off with two on stage performances at 5:45pm and 7pm in Queen Victoria Park. The shows will feature entertainment from the Niagara Star Singers, cirque performances by Zero Gravity Circus, a Laser Light Show and fireworks over the Falls at 6:40pm and 7:40pm. This is also where the ‘flip-the-switch’ ceremony takes place and millions of sparkling lights will come to life!

Dufferin Islands

This year there will be a new prehistoric addition to Dufferin Islands, a 10 foot tall woolly mammoth, which is part of the Canadian wildlife displays. There will also be the traditional moose and buffalo, howling wolves, charging rams, bears, beavers, whales, deer, dinosaurs, Noah’s Ark and the 20 foot tall illumination, Soma (waterfall). The woolly mammoth is the perfect destination to take your winter selfies!

Here’s What’s New

Deck the Falls Walking Tour – many of the hotels and venues in the Fallsview Boulevard district will have their lobbies and spaces in full holiday bloom with the help of professional interior designers from HGTV and Cityline. Held over two weekends in December, it can be enjoyed as a leisurely walk or you can hop on and off the WEGO bus.

Festival of Stars – this year enjoy the musical performances of Daniel O’Donnell, BJ Thomas and Mike Walker at the Meridian Centre on Dec. 4th – 5th.

Fallsview Sound and Light Show – this brand new Fallsview Sound & Light Show will mesmerize attendees using visual effects with a kaleidoscope of colour & texture treatments, visual transitions, with dynamic music and sound. It will be featured nightly throughout the festival.

Holiday Market at Grand View Marketplace – featuring artisans, food and beverage and live entertainment

State-of-the-art new technology for the illumination of the Falls – this $4 million project is going to be spectacular. Starting on December 1st, be prepared to be blown away!

Traditional

We can’t forget the traditional elements of the Niagara Falls Festival of Lights. The traditions that we all look forward to every Winter: Queen Victoria Park lit up with its holiday glow, the nightly fireworks starting at 9pm every Friday from November 25th – until January 27th with a week full of fireworks from December 25th – December 30th. Check out the Fireworks and Falls Illumination schedule here. Plus the newish laser light shows, which everyone has added to their annual holiday traditions. Check out the schedule here. You also can’t miss the annual New Year’s Eve Concert in Queen Victoria Park – the details are still being finalized but stay tuned.

Niagara Falls Events in January

Speaking of traditions, you can’t miss the annual Niagara Icewine Festival happening from January 13th – 29th.

Don’t miss these amazing Niagara Falls Concerts at the Fallsview Casino: Jewel, Donny Osmond, and Sha Na Na.

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 the Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights and these amazing traditional Winter Events. Check out our current special offer, a One Night Romance Package starting at $119 per night. This is one of the best Niagara Falls Hotel Deals.

Have you ever experienced a Niagara Falls Halloween?

Niagara Falls Halloween

If you haven’t had the chance of experiencing a Niagara Falls Halloween, you simply must.

In Niagara, there are experiences for the young and old(er), thrill seekers and fun chasers as well as the traditionalists. There are annual events that will make you want to jump out of your seat and keep your eyes squeezed tightly shut, but there are also events that your kids will cherish and take you back around your childhood memory block.

This is a list that the locals love and you know what that means….if locals love it, you know these events are not only good, but as Tony the Tiger says – they’re greaatttt!!

‘Eyes Closed Shut’ Events

Haunt Manor

This attraction was named Canada’s scariest Haunted Attraction by Fangoria Magazine. It has also been featured on CHCH TV and a number of paranormal TV shows and the front page of various local newspapers.

And so the story goes….Just west of where one of the bloodiest battles took place over 200 years ago resides the farm of the Pew Family. This 200 year old farm still remains and it’s here where two soldiers from the war of 1812 lived and then later perished in battle. To this day there are still reports of sightings of these soldiers and the mother and children from the Pew family.

Paranormal experts have confirmed that this place is indeed full of paranormal activity. So hold on tight to your seats and keep one eye slightly open as you take a tour of seven haunted houses (yes, seven) and experience a haunted hayride on the grounds of this historical site.

See it to believe it. 

Niagara Ghost Walks

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

Niagara-on-the-Lake Ghost Walks

Take a walk through Canada’s most haunted town, Niagara-on-the-Lake. Here you’ll learn about one of the most famous ghosts, who resides in the Angel Inn, as well as haunted stories that happened in the Niagara-on-the-Lake Courthouse, Prince of Wales Hotel, Apothecary, and Royal Theatre. You’ll also step foot on the gazebo where one of the famous movies “The Dead Zone” was filmed and learn about the spooky stories of Old Fort Niagara. Don’t forget to ask about the house that makes the cameras go crazy!

Fort George After Dark Ghost Tours

Niagara is known to be haunted (I’m sure you are starting to see a pattern here) and Fort George is one of the longest running ghost walks in Niagara. This 2 hour tour involves one of the scariest history lessons in horror. There have been hundreds of paranormal activity sightings ranging from the benevolent spirit of a little girl named Sarah Ann to a more ominous presence known as “The Watcher.”

Now the Fun Stuff…

It doesn’t always have to be about horror, a typical Niagara Falls Halloween is also about fun.

Howell’s Pumpkin Farm

It’s always a Howling Good Time at Howell’s Pumpkin Farm. It’s an annual tradition that kids and parents look forward to. From the pumpkin donuts and hot apple cider to the haunted spook barn, wagon ride, corn maze, cow train and getting to pick out your perfect pumpkin when you leave.

Warner’s Pumpkin Farm

This family farm is another Halloween tradition that is loved by all ages. From the haunted hayride (for the older kids) to the corn maze, petting zoo, horse drawn hayrides and of course the hundreds of pumpkins.

Raise a Glass (or pint) to a Niagara Falls Halloween

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

It’s Part 8 of the Hernder Halloween Bash (insert scary music here). It’s an evening of fun with fabulous food and wine for a great cause. This fundraiser is for the Hernder-Picasso Foundation with 100% of proceeds going to the Walker Family Cancer Centre. Plus great prizes for the best costumer ($500 for Best Costume and $500 for Best Group (three or more). Stay tuned for more details.

Pumpkin Beer is Back at Niagara Oast House Brewers

The Country Bumpkin is back, but only for a limited time…This Fall speciality is made with fresh pumpkin, butternut, acorn and hubbard squash – all roasted in house and generously spiced to perfection. Grab your growler today!

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

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.

Hornblower-Niagara-Cruises

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.

 

 

Concerts in Niagara Falls

Concerts in Niagara Falls

If you answer “yes” to all of the below questions, then you need to pack your bags immediately and head to the 8th Wonder of the World, Niagara Falls.

  1. Do you love impromptu getaways (less thinking, more travelling)?
  2. Do you love music (all different kinds of music)?
  3. Are you a lover of wine (all types of wine – red, white, ice and bubbly)?
  4. Are you adventurous (see #1)?

You must be a multitasker too, because you should be packing for your trip to Niagara Falls. We understand that you can read and pack at the same time, so here are all the happening concerts in Niagara Falls (and the Niagara Region).

Fallsview Casino Concerts

You’ll be getting a double whammy when you experience the Fallsview Casino Concerts (great music and casino fun).

Here are the upcoming headliners that you can’t miss:

Seal – September 1st and 2nd

Rock Around the Clock – September 7th – 19th

Songwriters  (featuring Randy Bachman) – September 24th

I Pooh Reunion – September 24th – 25th

The Beach Boys – September 29th – October 1st

Rascal Flatts – October 4th – 5th

The Doobie Brothers – October 6th – 7th

Le Grand Cirque – October 13th – 30th

Tim McGraw – November 4th – 5th

Rich Little  – November 8th – 10th

Foreigner – November 11th – 12th

Scotiabank Convention Centre

Just a five minute drive from the Courtyard Marriott Niagara Falls, is the Late Summer/Fall Niagara concert series at the Scotiabank Convention Centre. It’s an intimate setting, where you can get up close and personal with these talented musicians:

Country 89 Presents Gord Bamford – September 7th

Coleman Hellman with Tyler Shaw – September 8th

Sarah Slean – October 28th

Chantal Kreviazuk – November 19th

Niagara Wine Festival

Don’t miss the 65th Annual Niagara Wine Festival happening from September 10th – 25th. Explore 35+ wineries, the Montebello In-Park Experience, the Meridian Grande Parade and more. Here is a list of the upcoming performers who will be taking the stage during this incredible annual event:

Friday, September 16th – Whitney Pea – 6:45pm | The Caverners – 8:15pm

Saturday, September 17th – Groovy Food – 1pm | Soul Jam – 3:15pm | Flat Broke – 5:30pm | Madhatters – 7:45pm

Sunday, September 18th – Brad Battle – 1:45pm | Al Rowe – 2:30pm | Beverley Mahood – 3:45pm | Jessica Mitchell – 6pm

River Town Saints – 7pm

Friday, September 23rd – Mel Monaco – 6:30pm | #Team Wolf – 8pm

Saturday, September 24th – Hammer Bros. – 1pm | Wednesday’s Engine – 3:15pm | Theatre Crisp – 5:30pm | Jonesy – 7:45pm

Sunday, September 25th -Evermile – 1:30pm | Brad James – 4pm | Cold Creek County – 6:30pm

 

Across the Bridge with our American Friends

Music in the Park – Artpark Concerts

Summer might almost be over, but there is still time to see one or two last concerts at Artpark. The Canadian Hall of Fame, Burton Cummings Band with April Wine and Buffy Sainte-Marie will be sharing their talent on August 30th at 6:30pm. Metric will be hitting the stage on September 23rd from 8 – 11pm. If you haven’t been to an Artpark concert, you simply must. Great performers, an outdoor setting in a beautiful park and really cost effective tickets (starting at $12 if you go on a Tuesday in the summer). Yes you heard us correctly, tickets start as low as $12. We’ll be sure to share the 2017 Summer Concert Schedule as soon as it comes out! Book soon, because tickets go fast.

Seneca Niagara Casino

Just a short drive across the border will take you to the Seneca Niagara Casino. With over 3000 slot machines, 100 table games and a world-class poker room, plus some of your favourite performers:

Culture Club – September 3rd at 8pm

I Love the ’90’s featuring Vanilla Ice, Salt ‘n Pepa, Coolio and Rob Base – September 29th at 8pm

Mike Tyson – Undisputed Truth – October 8th at 8pm

It’s not a concert, but it will be highly entertaining.

The Marcels – October 13th at 2pm

John Mellencamp – October 22nd at 8pm

Lewis Black – November 11th

Cheech and Chong – November 26th at 8pm

We honestly could be writing a blog that will scroll for days.  Here are some other concerts you must check out:

Free Coca Cola Concert Series by the Falls in Queen Victoria Park until September 5th.

And last by not least, don’t forget to stay at the best hotel in Niagara Falls (okay so we are a bit biased), the Courtyard Marriott Niagara Falls. Check out this outstanding performance, our Ultimate One Night Romance Package, starting at $119 per night.

 

 

 

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.

 

Niagara Vineyards

Niagara Vineyards

Niagara is the place to be this Spring and Summer. With over 70 Niagara Vineyards to choose from, there is always an exciting Niagara Wine Tasting Event just waiting for you. Here’s what’s happening in the Niagara Vineyards:

The Big Cheese Theory – Interactive Pairing Experience – Daily at 1pm and 4pm (Fri. – Sun.), 

Get ready to unleash your inner mad scientist. This is an interactive hands-on experience where you will learn to smoke, infuse and brûlée all of your favourite fromage! While you are learning how to prepare your own custom cheese creations you will sip on a flight of three of  Peller Estates’ award-wining wines.

Vino and Cocoa Interactive Experience – M – T – 3pm and Weekends at 3pm and 5pm

It’s another interactive experience at Peller, but this time you’ll get a lesson in cocoa and wine pairings.

Niagara New Vintage Wine Festival – until June 19th

This is a fruitful event that you cannot miss. Featuring farm fresh flavours and over 14,800 acres of Niagara’s finest vineyards. It’s the perfect way to celebrate summer.

TD Tailgate Party – June 18th – 6 – 10pm

Join Niagara’s celebrated wineries as they share their stories alongside local chefs who will wow you with their fresh culinary delights. It promises to be an unforgettable summer solstice best paired with friends, old and new.

Homegrown Country Music Festival – June 19th 2 – 7pm – Pillitteri Icewine Farm

This is a celebration of Niagara’s finest talent and  agricultural abundance.

Food Truck’s in the Vineyard at Coyote’s Run Estate Winery

Food trucks are all the hype and this summer you can enjoy 12 dates between May – September.

Jackson Triggs Niagara Estate Winery Concert Series

Starting in June and running until September, you can enjoy music under the stars paired with your favourite Jackson Triggs’ estate wine.

Here is a list of the upcoming performers:

June 17th – Steven Page

June 18th – Whitehorse

July 2nd – 3rd – Jim Cuddy Band

July 8th – Colin James

July 9th – Moon versus Sun

July 15th – 54/40 Unplugged

July 16th – Rootstock

July 22nd – 23rd – Alan Doyle and the Beautiful Gypsies

August 12th – Stars

August 13th – Dan Mangan

August 19th – Bruce Cockburn

August 20th – Royal Wood

September 2nd – The Trews

September 3rd – Bahamas

September 9th – Arkells

Supper Market at the Village

It’s become an annual summer event. Featuring all of your favourite food trucks, wineries, microbreweries and live entertainment every Wednesday starting at 4:30pm until dusk starting May 25th in the Village.

Looking for a little vacation with your wine tasting? The Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls is located in the “centre of it all,” just a short distance from all of this fun. Check out our Niagara Falls Hotel Deals. This month’s special is a great package for couples, families and friends.

Niagara Falls Marathon Racing Events

Niagara Falls Marathon Racing Events

Niagara is filled with running races all throughout the year. Whether you want to walk or run, train as part of a group or run solo, choose the Niagara Falls Marathon racing event that fits your training style and passion.

Red Bull Wings for Life – May 8th, 2016

On May 8, 2016, at exactly 11am UTC, the Wings for Life World Run will simultaneously start all over the world. Make this race your own. It can be whatever you want it to be: a 5k, 10k or a marathon race. Just watch out for the chaser car. Once it reaches you, you’re out of the race. 100% of the registration fee goes towards spinal cord research.

Buffalo Marathon – Sunday, May 29th, 2016 – starts at 6:30am

This course is flat and fast with a beautiful view of the downtown waterfront and its major landmarks. It also has one of the highest Boston qualifying percentages in the country. You can choose to run the full marathon, half marathon, 5K, participate in a relay, take the Team RWB or encourage your kids to run the kids mini marathon.

Niagara Falls Women’s Half Marathon – June 5th, 2016

This is an exclusive women’s only event (well Sean Astin managed to sneak in the race last year) where you get to experience a view of the Falls as you run by it not once, but twice. So gather your girlfriends and start training for this spectacular event with a great swag bag (cosmetics, wine and more). To receive a special rate, book here.

Niagara Ultra 100k, 50k, Marathon, Half Marathon and 10k – June 18th, 2016

This race takes place on a traffic free, asphalt footpath. Follow the Niagara River Parkway from Niagara-on-the-Lake past Fort George and on to Niagara Falls and back. You’ll need some endurance training if you’re running the 50 or 100k.

Mighty Niagara Half Marathon – September 24th, 2016

Run along the river, past the quaint villages of Lewiston and Youngstown and take in the breathtaking views (from the French Castle to the historic old Fort Niagara’s compound). This is a Niagara race  you don’t want to miss.

Run the Grapes – Half Marathon and 5k – September 25th, 2016

In support of the Heart and Stroke Foundation and held in conjunction with the Niagara Wine Festival, this is a fun race where a glass of grape juice is well deserved after you reach the finish line.

Niagara Falls International Marathon – October 30th, 2016

This Boston Qualifier race has a lot of history – celebrating its 19th year of strength, courage and passion. This is one of the only cross border races starting in Buffalo, NY and finishing in Niagara Falls, Canada. You choose your distance – 5k, 10k, Half Marathon or the Full Marathon.

The Niagara Falls International Marathon has partnered with the District School Board of Niagara’s Education Foundation identifying those children in need who are signed up for the race to receive proper running shoe attire for the race and beyond.

Be sure to check out the #daredevilracelegs contest for your chance to win a 2 Night Stay at the Courtyard Marriott along with breakfast, a $40 Keg dinner voucher, 2 passes for dinner and a magic show at Greg Frewin and 2 passes for a spectacular view of Niagara Falls in a helicopter. All you have to do is take a picture of yourself going over the FALLS at any of the Niagara Falls International Marathon race expos, share your pic on Twitter with the hashtags #daredevilracelegs and #NFIM, or the NFIM FACEBOOK page and you could win the ULTIMATE NIAGARA FALLS GIVEAWAY! Book your special rate here.

Stay at the Niagara Falls hotel, located just a short distance away from all of these great Niagara Falls Marathon races. We love our Niagara Falls Marathon runners, receive up 10% off your room when you book our special runners rate. Enter promo code D3Q.

We also offer a variety of Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls Packages, find the most suitable one for you.