Clifton Victoria Inn at the Falls

Family Holiday Outings in Niagara

NFhorseshoecloseupThe holiday season is a time to come together with family, and Niagara Falls offers a number of exciting activities, attractions, and outings for people of all ages to enjoy.

The Butterfly Conservatory is now hosting a “Blue Christmas” exhibit, running until January 5th, 2015 that displays over 500 amazing Blue Morpho butterflies in the indoor rainforest setting of the conservatory. Along with the beautiful butterflies, the exhibit will feature festive décor and holiday floral arrangements that will help visitors get into the spirit of the season.

You can also celebrate the season at Fort George in Niagara-on-the-Lake on December 13th and 14th at the Fort George Garrison Christmas. This family holiday event will feature games, crafts, activities, treats, beverages, and musket demonstrations. Visitors can also stop by the Fort George gift shop for holiday shopping items such as books, games, and toys.

And for some indoor thrills and fun, families can visit the 3-acre Fallsview Indoor Waterpark, located right across the street from the Niagara Falls. With 16 waterslides, a 1,000-gallon tipping bucket, full sized wave pool, adult-only Jacuzzis, and children’s play area, everyone is sure to have fun.

Come and experience all of the unique family fun that Niagara has to offer this holiday season!

Charming Christmas Tea Weekend at McFarland House

mcfarland-houseHead to the historic McFarland House in Niagara-on-the-Lake on December 13th and 14th to enjoy a wonderful Christmas Tea Weekend that will feature a holiday inspired menu in the building’s beautiful tea room.

The McFarland House was built in 1800 and was used as a hospital and headquarters for the British and American armies during the War of 1812. Guests can take guided tours of this historic home and fully experience the charm and beauty of one of the oldest structures in Niagara-on-the-Lake, and the oldest building owned by Niagara Parks.

Immerse yourself in the region’s rich history at McFarland House while enjoying wonderful tea and holiday inspired recipes. Make your reservations now for the Christmas Tea Weekend event!

Indoor and All-Age Activities for Winter in Niagara

MiniGolfFacadeAngelThe excitement doesn’t stop in Niagara Falls when the cold weather arrives, making it one of the most exciting places to be this winter season. And if you’re looking for amazing indoor activities that people of all ages can enjoy, look no further than the city’s tourist district.

The Bird Kingdom is the world’s largest free-flying indoor aviary and is an incredible indoor activity where guests can experience exotic and colourful birds flying around a multi-level tropical rainforest. It’s a family-friendly destination that is unlike any other you’ve experienced.

For some thrills and fun away from the cold, families can also visit the exciting Adventure City arcade. It features more than 125 classic arcade-style games, the only bumper cars in Niagara Falls, Glow in the Dark Wild Safari Mini Golf, and the lively Adventure Heroes Laser Ride.

And for a warm and memorable retreat, visit the amazing Butterfly Conservatory, which features over 2,000 colourful butterflies floating around a tropical indoor environment.

Make sure to check out all of the fun indoor activities that Niagara Falls has to offer this winter, providing warm and happy memories for people of all ages!

Thousands of Runners Set to Race Through Niagara

RedBullNFRIt has recently been announced that the Red Bull Wings for Life World Run is coming to Niagara Falls on May 3, 2015, with more than 100,000 people expected to participate. The run will be taking place in 40 locations around the world and is a unique and exciting sporting event unlike any that Niagara Falls has previously hosted.

According to the Wings for Life World Run website, “All over the world, everyone taking part starts running at exactly the same time. Thirty minutes after the start a Catcher Car sets off at each location. As long as you stay in front of this car, you stay in the race. When you are passed by the Catcher Car, your race is over. This continues until there’s a single man and single woman left running. Only they will be crowned the Global Champions of the Wings for Life World Run.”

This unique run raises money for spinal cord research with 100% of the money from entry fees going to the Wings for Life research foundation. It is an exciting event for the City of Niagara Falls to be hosting and will definitely be a must-see for locals and visitors alike.

 

Niagara Falls is Getting Set to Sparkle

NFrednathanCirilloOn November 15th, 2014, Niagara Falls and the surrounding parklands will be illuminated with millions of sparkling lights for the annual Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights, running until January 12th, 2015.

 

The OPG Winter Festival of Lights attracts more than 1.5 million visitors annually with dazzling lights illuminating Dufferin Islands and the surrounding parklands. There is no admission fee to view the five-kilometre illumination route, however donations are accepted at the exit of Dufferin Islands for upkeep and enhancement of the displays.

 

Opening ceremonies for this year’s festival will take place on November 15, 2014 in Queen Victoria Park, which will feature live performances, an exciting fireworks show, and a flip-the-switch ceremony. Fireworks shows will also be happening every Friday night at 9pm during the OPG Winter Festival of Lights Season, with additional shows occurring during the holidays.

 

The OPG Winter Festival of Lights is an exciting and beautiful tradition in Niagara Falls, offering a wonderful activity for people of all ages. The amazing lights are sure to dazzle and get visitors and locals alike into the spirit of winter and the holiday season.

October Is A Fun Month To Discover Niagara

2013-10-28 10.51.38The month of October is upon us and there is no shortage of fun and excitement to be had in Niagara as Halloween approaches.

On October 11, Safari Niagara will be hosting Boo at the Zoo, a family-friendly Halloween party where people of all ages can trick-or-treat around the zoo, gathering treats brought to you by numerous local businesses. The event even includes costume contests, an animal presentation, and a Halloween tram ride.

For something a little spookier, try a Halloween Ghost Tour of Fort George from October 17 to November 2. These tours are the longest-running ghost walks in the region and will bring you all around the haunted and eerie Fort George. You will even have the opportunity to see the Officers’ Quarters, which is usually off-limits during the summer ghost tours.

To experience the best fall harvest food in the region this month, you can attend Octoberfest with Sam Fiore on October 24 at the Sheraton on the Falls. This Niagara Culinary Experiences event will pair craft beer flights from regional artisinal beermakers with a delicious 5-course fall harvest menu.

The Niagara region has a lot to offer people and groups of all ages during the month of October, allowing visitors and locals alike to make the most of the beautiful fall season!

Make this Summer About Niagara Wines

NiagaraWineFestivalNiagara Falls and the surrounding region offers an intimate experience of the delicious Ontario Wines made right in Niagara. The summer is one of the best times to enjoy the wineries and their hand-crafted masterpieces that have turned Niagara into a wine lover’s paradise. Make this summer all about wine and learn a new thing or two about the popular wine industry in the region.

Guided Tours

Almost all of the wineries in the region offer guided tours of the vineyards with a chance to see the winemaking process. Visitors can see barrels of wine, grape growing and picking happen all throughout their tour. The intimate tours allow visitors to get behind-the-scenes of Canada’s most coveted wineries. To avoid disappointment, pick a winery or two a head of time and call to reserve a spot.

Wine Tastings

After your guided tour, indulge in tastings from some of your favourite wineries. Typically most wineries will offer flight tastings of their wines allowing you to learn more about the winemaking process, different styles of wine and the details of the individual wines themselves.

Special Events

Wineries in Niagara-on-the-Lake offer intimate events for visitors to enjoy the vineyards, the wine and the winemakers. Events include Pop Up Patio at Pillitteri and Earth & Sky Music Market at Chateau des Charmes. Most events are family friendly and include kid zones, live music and delicious food.

Dinner and Wine

A glass of wine is accompanied perfectly with a delicious meal and the wineries have been able to master this! Most wineries have restaurants inside where they offer food and wine combinations that have been selected and matched by professionals.

If you are a wine enthusiast or love a casual glass, make sure to visit Niagara this summer!

A Historical Trip to Niagara Falls

sirisaacbrockjpgTake an educational vacation and see the many historical sites of Niagara Falls. Being one of the key sites during the War of 1812, Niagara is full of rich historical landmarks that are more than two centuries old.

Old Fort Erie

Fort Erie has the highest death tolls of any battlefield in Canada, making it one of Canada’s most memorable historic landmarks. Nowadays, you can take a tour and even go back in time and experience what it was like to be on this battlefield. Old Fort Erie offers realistic re-enactments that allow you to choose a side and join the battle as if it were 1812.

The Laura Secord Homestead

Visit the homestead of Laura Secord, a woman who took an incredible journey that dates back to 1812. The homestead now provides chocolates, ice cream and souvenirs to purchase. Learn about the rich history behind her story and set out on the guided tour to see costumes, educational information and the house itself.

Sir Isaac Brock Monument

Sir Isaac Brock is one of the most famous Generals in Canadian history because of his major contributions to the British victory during the War of 1812. Freely tour the Battle of Queenston Heights and the Monument. Parks Canada also offers a chance to climb the towering monument and have a look out over the battlegrounds and Lake Ontario.

Stay at the Clifton Inn and be close to all of these historical Niagara sites and many others from around the region. Niagara Parks has compiled an entire list of all the historical places you can visit in the Niagara Region

Summer of Thrills & Buskerfest in Niagara Falls

NFHorseshoeMCIf you really want to add some excitement to your summer be sure to check out Summer of Thrills and Buskerfest this year. These two events are a must for anyone planning on staying at the Clifton Victoria Inn.

Summer of Thrills

Starting in July, Summer of Thrills will be performing shows in Niagara Falls’ Clifton Hill District five days a week until the end of summer! These thrilling shows include the Wheel of Fate where acrobats balance and perform death-defying tricks on a giant rotating wheel located at the top of the Clifton Hill! If you’re staying at the Clifton Victoria Inn you can enjoy the show right from the hotel!

Buskerfest

This year’s Buskerfest features night shows and extended hours due to the popularity of last year’s event. The bigger and better Buskerfest will also have more food vendors and merchandise, so you have even more to choose from! The event takes place in downtown St. Catharines, about 15 minutes from Niagara Falls.

The Clifton Victoria Inn has packages for families staying at the hotel, which nicely compliment Buskerfest’s upgraded Kid’s Zone that now includes mini-golf.

Both of these events offer a great place to bring your family during your vacation in Niagara Falls and the Clifton Victoria Inn has great deals for families, making it an ideal hub for all of your Niagara Falls’ sight seeing. Kids are able to eat free which makes dining easy and stress free and the hotel offers free parking and WiFi.

The Ultimate Golf Getaway Weekend

golfcventgolfcventgolfcventgolf landscapeFor the golf enthusiasts looking for a new hot spot to indulge in, Niagara Falls offers PGA tournament course designs, world-class amenities and beautiful scenery. Choose from golf courses next to the Niagara Whirlpool or the historical site of the 1814 Battle of Chippawa – the options are practically endless in Niagara.

A two-night getaway to Niagara Falls can make for a perfect weekend full of golf, dining and entertainment.

Two Night Getaway Package Includes:

  • Two nights accommodations
  • Dinner for two overlooking the falls on one evening of your stay at the Fallsview Buffet or the The Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra ($50.00 dining credit)
  • $10 Dining Card for Hard Rock Cafe (with minimum food purchase of $40)
  • 2 Free Cocktails at Hard Rock Cafe
  • Complimentary Hot Breakfast Buffet
  • Free On-Site Parking
  • Free High Speed Wireless Internet

Enjoy your first evening with a dinner overlooking the Falls at The Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra. The beautiful view and delicious food makes for an incredible way to spend the evening. After dinner make your way to the Niagara Parkway and take an evening stroll enjoying the beautiful Horseshoe Falls up close.

Wake up early the next day and make your way to the golf course for a round of golf and appreciate the natural scenery at one of the many golf courses in Niagara Falls. After your game a visit to the Christienne Fallsview Spa is in order. Indulge in one of the many packages offered at the spa and relax after a day out on the course.

After dinner opt for a trip to Casino Niagara and test your luck at the 95,000 square feet of gaming and entertainment. With the hotel a short distance from most attractions found at Falls Avenue Resort and the Falls, you won’t have to go far to enjoy yourself.

If you love golf and are in need of a quick weekend away The Two Night Getaway Package is the perfect option for a relaxing and satisfying trip.