Clifton Victoria Inn at the Falls

Visit Niagara Falls Via GO Train For As Little As $10.00! 

Your travel budget may go a little further this Summer if you visit Niagara Falls via GO Train for as little as $10.00!  Niagara Seasonal GO Train Service

Metrolinx has announced that seasonal weekend and holiday GO Train service between Toronto’s Union Station and Niagara Falls will begin on May 21!   Combined with a weekend pass, which provides for unlimited use across the entire network, guests can travel to Niagara Falls from Toronto, and all stops in between for $10 for one-day unlimited use, or $15 for two-day use.  Adding to savings, children 12 and under ride free, which makes a Go Train trip to your favourite family-friendly Niagara Falls Hotel and visiting exciting Niagara Falls attractions a convenient and economical option.

A popular method of travel, the seasonal schedule will offer three trips on Saturdays, Sundays, and Holiday Mondays from Victoria Day Holiday Weekend through Thanksgiving in October.  Unlimited travel Weekend pass tickets are valid for the same days, and must be purchased online, and activated via smartphone 5 minutes before traveling.

The Niagara seasonal trains will contain 12-cars and will include three bike coaches capable of holding 18 bicycles each, plenty of room if your plans include cycling in Niagara.

As safety remains a priority, masks continue to be mandatory on GO Transit in accordance with provincial guidelines.

Planning a Niagara Falls getaway?  Reserve your room at Clifton Victoria Inn At the Falls today and enjoy FREE Hot BreakfastFREE Parking and FREE Wireless Internet! 

All in the centre of the excitement just steps from Niagara Falls!

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A Guide to Outdoor Destinations In Niagara Falls

One of the most exciting parts of any visit to Niagara Falls is taking in the breathtaking beauty of the world-famous waterfalls.  They are the first outdoor attraction visitors wish to see, and the remarkable experience of viewing them can be enhanced with a visit to these other incredible outdoor destinations and attractions around the Niagara Region.  Many of these fresh-air adventures are a short distance from our hotel, which is just one block from the Falls.

Niagara Parkway

A 56 kilometre trail stretching from Fort Erie to Niagara-on-the-Lake, and offers one of the most fascinating views of the American, Bridal Veil and Horseshoe Falls.  The parkway takes you along the brink of the incredible Horseshoe Falls. You can stand behind it to see the massive volume of water flowing over the edge, view Niagara City Cruises boat tours in the water below, and have a unique and special experience taking in one of the world’s remarkable natural wonders.  Proclaimed once as the prettiest Sunday drive in the world,  the parkway also features a multi-use, paved recreation trail making it a destination for cycling and strolling, and features picnic areas along the way.

Niagara Gorge Trails

To connect with some incredible nature and spend an active morning or afternoon in Niagara Falls, hike along one of the Niagara Glen nature trails leading into the Niagara Gorge. You will find stunning views of the Niagara Whirlpool and rapids and there are trails of varying difficulties, so it is easy to find the one that is right for you.

Brock's Monument

Queenston Heights

The sprawling park was the site of the Battle of Queenston Heights during the War of 1812 and is now a spectacular park that is home to the Brock’s Monument tower, Laura Secord memorial, Landscape of Nations memorial, a scenic restaurant, pavilions, picnic areas, and more. It is definitely worth a visit if you are looking to have a relaxing day in nature while learning about local history.

Vineyards of Niagara on the Lake

Niagara on the Lake is a world-famous wine region and many of the vineyards and wineries produce incredible red and white wines along with the very popular ice wine. A visit to Niagara on the Lake will connect you with breathtaking vineyard landscapes as well as beautiful buildings and gardens in the historic town’s charming downtown area.

Queen Victoria ParkQueen Victoria Park

Located directly across the street from the Falls, just one block from our hotel, Queen Victoria Park is an expansive and beautiful parkland that sits right in the heart of the city’s tourist district. The park offers plenty of great places to sit and picnic and also features amazing seasonal flower and greenery displays, beautiful fountains, and well-groomed lawns for a spectacular experience in an unbeatable location.

These are just a few of the outstanding outdoor experiences that can be explored in Niagara Falls.

Reserve your stay and experience the natural beauty of Niagara Falls

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Explore Niagara Falls & Receive A 20% Rebate With The Ontario Staycation Tax Credit!

Stay with us to experience Niagara Falls in 2022 and submit your accommodation expenses to receive a 20% rebate.

The new Ontario Staycation Tax Credit is a temporary credit designed to encourage Ontario residents to explore the province in the year ahead and provides the ability to claim a portion of the eligible accommodation expenses on a personal income tax return for 2022.Clifton Victoria Inn Family Suite

The Staycation tax credit is available to residents of Ontario on December 31, 2022 who have an eligible accommodation expense which includes Niagara Falls hotels such as Clifton Victoria Inn At The Falls.  The credit applies to leisure travel expenses of up to $1,000 as an as an individual or $2,000 if you have a spouse, common-law partner or eligible children, to get back up to $200 as an individual or $400 as a family. Only one individual per family can claim the credit for the year.

The tax credit only applies to leisure stays between January 1, 2022, and December 31, 2022. The tax credit does not apply to business travel.

The accommodation expenses must also:

  • have been paid by you, your spouse or common-law partner, or your eligible child, as set out on a detailed receipt
  • have been subject to Goods and Services Tax (GST)/Harmonized Sales Tax (HST), as set out on a detailed receipt
  • not have been reimbursed to you, your spouse or common-law partner, or your eligible child, by any person, including by a friend or an employer

As long as all other conditions are met, you can claim any of the following expenses:

  • accommodation for a single trip or multiple trips, up to the maximum expense limit of $1,000 as an individual or $2,000 as a familyClifton Victoria Inn At The Falls Traditional Room
  • accommodations booked either directly with the accommodation provider or through an online accommodation platform
  • the portion of the expense that is necessary to have access to the accommodation
  • the accommodation portion of a tour package expense

to claim the expense on your income tax you will require detailed receipts that include:

  • location of accommodation
  • the amount that can reasonably be considered to be for the accommodation portion of a stay
  • the GST/HST paid
  • the date of the stay
  • the name of the payor

Book your stay at Clifton Victoria Inn and experience a location steps from Niagara Falls, Clifton Hill, Casino Niagara and directly across from Fallsview Indoor Waterpark. 

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Celebrate The Holidays With Niagara Falls Fireworks

Brilliant fireworks displays are returning to Niagara Falls to mark the holiday season!

The limited time run was announced by Niagara Parks on Friday.   Each night beginning December 26 through January 1, spectacular fireworks displays will add to the magical holiday atmosphere across the tourist district.

Displays will light the sky at 10:00pm each night, except for New Year’s Eve when two displays will mark the occasion. Shows on December 31 can be viewed at 9:00pm and midnight to ring in the New Year.

One of the most iconic and signature experiences in Niagara Falls, the fireworks displays will complement festive activities already announced which include the annual Winter Festival of Lights, the new Niagara Falls Music Live event and a ticketed New Year’s Eve Concert.

A free event that delights visitors of all ages, the nightly displays are the perfect complement to the Holiday Family Fun package available at the hotel.

Reserve a Holiday Family Waterpark Package and see the displays in person!

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Summer Fun In Niagara Falls – What to See and Do

We are into the thick of Summer in Niagara Falls, and there is plenty to see and do if you are planning to visit. Whether your getaway is a couples adventure or a family vacation, there are exciting attractions to fit your schedule.

Niagara City CruisesNiagara City Cruises

Take a ride on this famous Niagara Falls attraction and get up close and personal with the American, Bridal Veil, and Horseshoe Falls. Niagara City Cruises will connect you with breathtaking views and offers one-of-a-kind experiences.  It’s a must-do attraction while visiting Niagara and is a thrilling adventure for guests of all ages.

Beautiful Natural Areas

Take advantage of Niagara’s Summer weather by relaxing in one of Niagara’s many natural areas like Queen Victoria Park, located right across the street from Niagara Falls. You also won’t want to miss the beautiful Oakes Garden Theatre, and Botanical Gardens which all offer amazing sights and perfect spots to sit back and relax in nature.  If you are up for a challenge, visit Niagara Gorge for an invigorating hike along the Niagara River, or bring your bicycle and head out on the 56 kilometers of the paved Niagara Recreational Trail.

One-of-a-kind EntertainmentLive Music at Niagara Brewing Company

Niagara Falls is a world-class destination and there is never a shortage of fun to be had around the city. For unique attractions that are perfect for kids stop by the Fallsview Indoor Waterpark, Hershey’s Chocolate World Niagara Falls store, Adventure City Arcade and Iwerks 4D Motion Theatre. And adults are sure to love the excitement of Casino Niagara which is directly across from our hotel or Fallsview Casino Resort  just 1 kilometer away, which re-open on July 23.  If delicious beer and food are more to your liking stop in at Niagara Brewing Company.   The award winning craft brewery is a short walk away at the corner of Clifton Hill/Falls Avenue and offers free live music daily from 12:00pm-12:00am and two of Niagara’s most popular patios.

There is still plenty of Summer to experience in Niagara Falls – Book Your Getaway Today!

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Explore Niagara’s Rich History During Your Stay

Incorporate a field trip into your next visit to Niagara Falls.  As we balance the desire to travel and a daily schedule that may include at home learning, why not plan a getaway that accomplishes both.

The Niagara Region has a rich history with landmarks, sites and attractions that can be integrated into lessons.

Laura Secord

Laura Secord Homestead

One of the most famous heroines in Canadian history is Laura Secord.  Her name is now synonyms with the popular Canadian chocolate company, but Laura Secord’s heroic 32km journey in 1812 to warn British forces of a planned invasion was instrumental in defending Canada in the War of 1812. Today, her legacy lives on in the Laura Secord Trail and at the Laura Secord Homestead in Queenston where guided tours showcase costumes, history and educational information.

Sir Isaac Brock

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. Take a drive along the Niagara River Parkway to Queenston Heights where you can freely tour the sprawling park and the Monument dedicated to Brock. Parks Canada also offers a chance to climb the towering monument and have a look out over the battlegrounds and Lake Ontario.

Old Fort Erie

Old Fort Erie

A stay at Clifton Victoria Inn at the Falls puts you half distance to the southern half of the Niagara Region, where you will find Old Fort Erie.

One of Canada’s most hallowed battlefields, visitors can experience the history of the site through realistic re-enactments that allow you to choose a side and join the battle as if it were 1812.

Plan your getaway and a lesson plan to include Niagara’s sacred grounds that date back more than two centuries, and shaped the future of Canada.

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Winter Festival of Lights to Brighten Niagara Falls

Niagara’s annual Winter Festival of Lights is about to begin. From November 16th, 2019-January 12, 2020, visitors will be able to enjoy the most enchanting of Niagara’s attractions, which has become a Holiday tradition for over one million visitors from around the globe.  The Festival features spectacular light displays, a Fallsview Sound and Light Show and over 3 million lights displayed along the Niagara Parkway, Dufferin Islands and Niagara Falls.

While displays are set along an 8km route of the Niagara Parkway, there are three key illumination areas to explore:

Queen Victoria Park – Located directly across from the American Falls, and at the base of Clifton Hill, the scenic Park is transformed into a dazzling winter wonderland, with a number of tree displays, the Festival’s stage, and is home to the Party in the Park on New Year’s Eve which features an all-Canadian musical lineup that is headlined this year by Bryan Adams.

Niagara Parkway – Take a scenic drive along the 8km festival route to see trees wrapped in a multitude of colours and numerous displays that makes a truly spectacular drive through the City’s landscape.

Dufferin Islands – A iconic picnic area in the warm months, transforms into a Canadian Wildlife exhibit with three dimensional light displays of Moose, Deer, Polar Bears, and more. Some of the Wildlife displays are larger than lift, standing up to 11′ tall.  The park is also home to more than fifty light wrapped trees.

Upon exiting Dufferin Islands, stop to watch a spectacular sound and light show projected onto the historic Toronto Power Generating Station. Dancing colours and patterns move in time with holiday music by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra broadcast on a local radio station, it’s an incredible experience that fills your senses with blissful holiday spirit.

Experience the festivities and beauty of the Holidays during this year’s Winter Festival of Lights and start planning your Niagara Falls winter getaway at the family friendly Clifton Victoria Inn at the Falls!

New Year’s Eve in Niagara Falls with Bryan Adams

If you’re planning a family visit to Niagara Falls this New Year’s Eve, there’s no shortage of entertainment and attractions for people of all ages to enjoy.New Year's Eve Concert in Niagara Falls

Ring in 2020 at one of Canada’s longest running New Year’s Eve concert celebrations in Queen Victoria Park!  This free live outdoor concert features an amazing all-Canadian lineup of award winning musicians. The festivities begin at 8:30pm with Juno Award Winning, multi-platinum musical phenomenon, Walk Off The Earth and is headlined by one of Canada’s most exciting live musicians; Bryan Adams.  With a career that spans four decades, and 14 studio albums, Adams is a prolific singer/songwriter and is responsible for some of the country’s most iconic songs. A multi-talented musician and producer, his work has garnered him numerous awards and accolades including three Academy Award Nominations, five Golden Globe nominations and a Grammy Award!

The New Year’s Eve celebration will also feature two spectacular firework shows over Niagara Falls to spark the beginning of 2020!

Book your New Year’s Eve Hotel Getaway today and stay in the heart of the City closest to all Niagara Falls’ attractions and festivities.

A Guide to This Year’s Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights

Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights

Winter Festival of Lights

From now until January 31st, visitors to Niagara Falls can experience the city’s annual Winter Festival of Lights celebration, which features exciting events, spectacular fireworks shows, and one-of-a-kind lighting displays. Here are some of the exciting things to look forward to during this year’s festival:

Illumination Displays

This year’s Winter Festival of Lights features an 8km illumination route along which light-wrapped trees and unique illuminations are displayed. There are also a number of light exhibits and installations to visit around the city’s tourist districts.

  • Clifton Hill District – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle displays located along Victoria Avenue
  • Dufferin Islands – 3D Canadian Wildlife and Inukshuk light displays
  • Lundy’s Lane District – Nut Cracker Soldier and The Loop illumination musical installation
  • Fallsview Boulevard District – The Passage experiential light tunnel at Old Stone Inn, Skylon Tower illumination, Prismatica light exhibit at Scotiabank Convention Centre, and the Fallsview Sound and Light Show at Oakes Hotel

Fireworks

Spectacular fireworks will be launched into the sky over Niagara Falls every Friday night at 9pm during the Winter Festival of Lights. And don’t miss the bonus shows happening every night from December 22nd – 31st in celebration of the holidays.

Deck the Falls Holiday Walking Tours

Deck the Falls Holiday Walking Tours are self-guided tours that give visitors the chance to explore beautifully decorated venues throughout the city and experience gourmet food sampling, holiday beverages, live musical entertainment, photo-ops, pop up carolers, craft workshops, and more.

  • Dates and Time– Deck the Falls is taking place during the first three weekends in December, on Friday and Saturday evenings from 5pm – 10pm
  • Tickets – Tickets cost $46.99 per person + taxes. Ticket holders receiver a Deck the Falls Tour Pass with vouchers to be redeemed at participating venues along the tour route, a 48-hour WEGO bus pass, and an Incline Railway Pass. Tickets are valid for all six nights and can be used in one night or spread out over two weekends.
  • Venues – Some of this year’s participating venues include the Scotiabank Convention Centre, Sheraton Fallsview, Crowne Plaza Fallsview, Marriott on the Falls, Marriott Fallsview, Niagara Parks Floral Showhouse, Casino Niagara, and more. Download the Deck the Falls tour map to see all of this year’s participating venues.

New Year’s Eve

The musical lineup for this year’s Niagara Falls New Year’s Eve celebration and outdoor concert in Queen Victoria Park has been announced and features Canadian musicians Burton Cummings, The Sheepdogs, Walk Off the Earth, and Avenue Inn.

In addition to an exciting outdoor concert, this totally free event will feature two fireworks shows   at 9pm and midnight, and an outdoor licensed area and food and beverage vendors.

Experience the beauty and excitement of the Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights and plan your getaway today!

4 Ways to Celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving in Niagara

Autumn pumpkins

Autumn pumpkins

Canadian Thanksgiving is coming up on Monday, October 8 and if you’ll be spending the weekend in Niagara, there are plenty of great places to check out for seasonal fun with friends and family. Here are some of the best ways to celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving in Niagara:

Ball’s Falls Thanksgiving Festival

October 5-8, Ball’s Falls Conservation Area

The Ball’s Falls Thanksgiving Festival has been an annual Niagara tradition since 1974. Stop by this year’s festival at the Ball’s Falls Conservation Area to experience:

  • Over 170 artisan and food vendors
  • Farmer’s Market featuring local produce and VQA wines
  • Live entertainment

The 44th annual Ball’s Falls Thanksgiving festival is a 4-day event. Tickets are available at the door for $6 and children under 13 are free when accompanied by an adult.

Skylon Tower Illumination

October 8, Skylon Tower

The Skylon Tower in Niagara Falls will be illuminated in gold lights on the night of October 8th in honour of Canadian Thanksgiving. The Canadian Horseshoe and American Falls will also be illuminated

Fireworks over Niagara Falls October 5-8 at 10pm

Thanksgiving Market Grill at Inniskillin Wines

October 6-8, Inniskillin Niagara Estate Winery

Celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving with a relaxing afternoon at Inniskillin Winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake featuring wonderful food and wine. Enjoy Inniskillin wines paired with house-smoked meat and locally sourced cheeses out on the winery’s sunny piazza for an amazing holiday weekend in Niagara.

Autumn Brews at Niagara Brewing Company

All season, Clifton Hill

Stop by Niagara Brewing Company on Clifton Hill to celebrate Thanksgiving with some great seasonal brews like Irish Red Ale, Cream Ale, Hennepin Stout, and Clockwork Berliner Weisse. And don’t forget to check out the brewery’s kitchen menu, which includes delicious light snacks like:

  • Handmade guacamole and tortilla chips
  • Chicken melt sandwich
  • German Bratwurst sausage

And stay tuned for the release of the brewery’s Pumpkin Spiced Ale, which features a spicy aroma with notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice that give way to a rich pumpkin flavour and creamy finish.

Don’t forget to check out our great hotel packages that make booking a Niagara Falls getaway easy and convenient!