AROUND THE FALLS
There’s lots to do in Niagara year-round, including marvelling at the magnificent Falls. See the cascading water from below with Hornblower Niagara Cruises. Stand at the brink of the Falls at Table Rock, then take a Journey Behind the Falls to explore tunnels behind the thundering curtain of water and check out Niagara’s Fury, a 4D experience that takes you back to the creation of the Falls. Dine with a spectacular view in the revolving restaurant atop the Skylon Tower. View the IMAX movie that tells the colourful story of the Falls’ legends and daredevils. Have fun on lively Clifton Hill, with its eccentric mix of attractions and theme restaurants. Make a splash at one of the many indoor water parks. Everything’s just a stroll away from hotel accommodation to suit every price point.
FLY, FLOAT AND GOLF
Take flight with Niagara Helicopters for a bird’s-eye view of the Falls. Cross the lower Niagara River suspended in a cable car with Whirlpool Aero Car. Dial up the adrenaline even more in a Whirlpool Jet Boat Tour, an intense ride up the Niagara River through Class V rapids. Sure, they’ll give you a poncho to wear, but prepare to get soaked anyway. Sprinkle your visit to Niagara with attractions and outdoor adventure. Stroll the White Water Walk, a boardwalk that runs along one of the world’s most turbulent stretches of whitewater. Be awed by nature at the Butterfly Conservatory, surrounded by more than 2,000 tropical winged beauties. Explore fascinating biology and geology as you hike the Niagara Glen. Challenge yourself on championship golf courses in the region, including the Legends on the Niagara Battlefield Course. For a change of pace, browse for great buys at The Outlet Collection at Niagara and Canada One Factory Outlets. Come evening, try your luck at Niagara Fallsview Casino. And every night, the Falls are illuminated – a spectacular sight.
FORTIFY YOUR VACATION
If history is your hobby, explore the Niagara Region – these were the front lines for the War of 1812. At Fort George, enjoy military music performed by the 41st Fife and Drum Corps and watch live musket demonstrations. Trained interpreters in historical dress share stories of the lives of British soldiers and their families.
BE A BOUNTY HUNTER
For the foodies among you, Niagara is heaven on earth – there are over 90 wineries in the region and local chefs insist on using the finest seasonal ingredients. Visit distinctive wineries, large and small, along the Wine Route. Enjoy a tour and tasting at Château des Charmes, where you can sip wines paired with local artisanal cheeses. Sample Ontario’s renowned Icewine, a local specialty, at Inniskillin Winery. Savour locally inspired cuisine at one of many estate wineries and tour the area by bus or bicycle. Raise a glass at a wine festival and experience tastings and wine seminars.
ALMOST HOME SWEET HOME
Charming Niagara-on-the-Lake has deep British roots – it even has a Lord Mayor! Spend a couple of nights – there are lots of antique shops and art galleries to browse. And the restaurants! Brilliant by any definition, with seasonal menus prepped by world-class chefs who get first dibs on the freshest local ingredients. See a play at the renowned Shaw Festival, the world’s only theatre dedicated to the works of George Bernard Shaw, matched with contemporary and musical fare. Get a behind-the-scenes and under-the-stage tour of the theatre, including the wardrobe and wig departments. For accommodations, Vintage Hotels are absolutely top shelf, featuring exquisite decor, luscious cuisine and tranquil spas.
Charming small town with world-class wineries, renowned dining and beautiful outdoor settings.