Category Archives: Niagara Falls

Thanksgiving, eh?

Did you know that Americans did not invent the Thanksgiving holiday? It may come as a surprise to many, but Canadians actually had Thanksgiving, with turkey and all the trimmings, 43 years before the pilgrims gave thanks in 1641 for the bounty that ended a year of hardships.

There are many similarities between the celebrations in these two countries. Aside from turkey and pumpkin pie, Thanksgiving is a day set aside to celebrate and give thanks for the year’s harvest, to gather with loved ones and enjoy a feast as you reflect upon the blessings of the year. The major difference between the American and Canadian holiday, is the date. Whereas in America the holiday is the fourth Thursday in November, Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving on the second Monday in October. And we think that is an additional reason to be thankful, since you can easily have two Thanksgivings every year.

Oh Canada Eh? Dinner ShowWhy not plan to spend the weekend in Niagara Falls, for the October 13 Thanksgiving, and give thanks for our neighbors to the North and the beautiful Niagara Falls? Book a Weekend in Niagara Falls Getaway, for two-nights lodging in your choice of more than 50 hotels, plus admission to the All Canadian Tour, and the Oh Canada, Eh? Dinner Show.

With the All Canadian Tour you will encounter some of the most beautiful natural scenes at the falls. Check out the Maid of the Mist, Journey Behind the Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, Giant Whirlpool and more! The breathtaking scenery will fill you with true awe and wonder.

In addition to your tour, you will also get to experience the Oh Canada Eh?! Dinner Show. This dinner show will entertain you as it pokes fun at various Canadian stereotypes through song. As the show continues, you will be introduced to many famous Canadian characters such as Anne of Green Gables, lumberjacks, and mounties. It’s a three hour comedy show that the whole family will love!

Two Thanksgivings? Now, there’s something to be thankful for, eh?

63rd Annual Wine Country Celebration

The 63rd Annual Wine Country Celebration and Niagara Wine Festival is set for September 19-21, and 26-28, in St. Catharines, ON, just minutes from Niagara Falls. The event celebrates the harvest of the bountiful wine country with live concerts, parades, a grape stomp, and local cuisine paired with just the right vintages.

The hub of the festival is in Historic Montebello Park, in St. Catharines, where the stage will feature chart-topping Canadian artists, local bands and some of the world’s best tribute bands, including ‘Hotel California,’ the premier Eagle’s tribute band, and tributes to Elton John and U2.

The star of the show is the wine, with 24 participating wineries, including Chateau des Charmes. Enjoy a wide variety of wines by the glass or by the sample. The food venue includes local chefs offering regional cuisine, purchased for 1-3 tokens, which cost $3.25. There are plenty of experts on hand to help you pair your food selections with just the right wine. Find artisan cheeses, and Canada’s best food and wine.

The Mayor’s invitational grape stomp is a scene to enjoy, as well as numerous parades like The Pied Piper Parade where the theme is Mr. Grape, and the Meridian Grande Parade which draws about 100,000 spectators. Kids will love the inflatables, mini-golf and shooting gallery.

Niagara Whirlpool Jet-Boat Tour

Make a splash at Niagara Falls on a fast-paced jet-boat tour.  For 20 years these powerful Jet Boats have sped down the Niagara River in this fast-paced, open air Jet Boat ride towards the famous white waters of the Niagara Whirlpool.  Isn’t it time you got on board?

On the Wet Jet Whirlpool Jet Boat Tour, two things are promised; you will have fun, and you will get wet.  Be prepared to get soaked through and through.  You’ll be provided a life jacket and splash gear, but it’s recommended you bring a change of clothes for this water ride through the Niagara River Gorge’s 200 foot high stone wall canyon.  You’ll enjoy amazing scenery and history as you race toward the whirlpool.

Be sure to include a jet boat tour on your next visit to Niagara Falls.

No Where Else on Earth

While visiting Niagara Falls make time for a winery tour that has been described as the most extensive tour of a facility and most informative about wine tasting.  The No Where Else on Earth Wine Tour of Chateau des Charmes will be the highlight of your vacation.

When you arrive at the winery you’ll be warmly welcomed with glass of Rose Sparkling Wine, and you are off on your guided walking tour.  You can explore the St. David’s Bench Vineyard surrounding the winery, and learn about their philosophy of viticulture.  Then back at the winery you can visit the Harvest room, underground barrel cellars and the bottling line.

The tour concludes with a tasting of four wines, including a red and a white from the St. David’s Bench Vineyard and two premium Icewines.  Guests under 21 get to sample grape juice, and everyone gets a unique dessert made from hand-made local ice cream and Niagara-grown fruit.

The Shaw Festival

When it began in 1962 , The Shaw Festival was just a small production of two plays under the direction of a local lawyer and playwright, with a goal of stimulating interest in George Bernard Shaw and his period, and advancing theatre arts in Canada. That small festival has grown to almost cult status. Thousands flock to Niagara Falls each year to take part in the non-profit festival.

Eleven performances will be presented this year at the festival, which runs through mid-October.   The productions take place in four theaters: The Festival Theatre, the Court House Theatre, the Royal George Theatre and the Studio Theatre.

Shaw FestivalProductions include Cabaret, a rare musical set in one of the hottest nightclubs in Berlin, during Hitler’s rise; The Philadelphia Story, a classic romantic comedy which revived the career of Katherine Hepburn in the 1930s; and The Mountaintop, a hilarious and heartbreaking visit with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., in his room at the Lorraine Motel after his “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech.

Freedom Seekers

Every year, thousands of students read the popular book, Freedom Crossing, by Margaret Goff Clark (1913-2003).  The story involves the Underground Railroad which was a secret network of trails and homes that helped slaves from the Southern United States escape to Canada in the early to mid-1800s.

The story takes place in Lewiston, New York, which was the final stop for escaping slaves from the South.  Once they reached Lewiston, they only had to take a boat ride across the Niagara River to Canada, and freedom!  But it wasn’t easy.  There were slave catchers and bounty hunters who were hired to capture the slaves and take them back to the South.  It was very treacherous for the slaves and the volunteer citizens who helped them.

Freedom Seekers TourLewiston’s citizens hated slavery and many of them volunteered to help smuggle thousands of slaves across the border.  There was a code of silence and the people of Lewiston never trusted or spoke to outsiders about their secret activities.  It is estimated that thousands of slaves were smuggled through Lewiston and made their way to the Canadian shore and freedom.

Lewiston is a real town and is located 7 miles north of Niagara Falls, New York.  It is situated on the Niagara River, across the river from Canada.  The river is about 1500 feet wide.

With the Freedom Seekers Tour of Niagara you’ll have the chance to relive the history and legacy of the portion of the Underground Railroad that ran through Niagara Falls, plus see the incredible Niagara Falls.

Concerts at Niagara Falls

The thrill and excitement of being near the majestic and spectacular Niagara Falls is an experience that can hardly be improved upon.  But it’s not impossible.

Imagine an outdoor classic rock concert in such a setting.  Or better yet, don’t imagine it, just do it.  Every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday evenings you can attend the Coca Cola Concert Series, and to put icing on this cake, its free, and there’s fireworks!

For almost 20 years the Coca Cola Concert Series has brought exciting new bands to play at the foot of Illumination Tower in Queen Victoria Park.  The shows begin at 8pm and close with a spectacular fireworks display.  It’s an ideal way to spend the evening after a day of sightseeing at the Falls.

Book a Niagara Falls vacation, and ride into the falls on Maid of the Mist, see the sights from high above the falls at Skylon Tower, then kick back to some classic rock right next to the amazing falls.

The Revolving Dining Room at Skylon Tower

If you enjoy dinner with a view, then Skylon Tower Revolving Dining Room is the place for you.  With not just ‘a’ view but a 360 degree view, and not just any view, but a view from high above the Niagara Falls.

Dine in luxury for a romantic date night, or take the whole family for an unforgettable dining experience in a revolving tower dining room.  Making one full revolution each hour like clock work (see what we did there?) No matter where you’re seated, its the best seat in the house.  The restaurant serves a wide variety of menu options, and boasts an extensive wine list, with local and international flavors, they’ll be a perfect pairing for your menu selection.

The Skylon Tower is something you definitely want to include on your itinerary when you visit Niagara Falls.

High Flying Adventure at Niagara Falls

For an exquisite view of all three Falls at Niagara Falls, you should see it from the air.  Take the tour of a lifetime with a National Helicopter Tour circling the skies above the falls.  All seats on board the chopper are window seats, so you are guaranteed a fantastic view throughout the 20 minute flight.

If you suddenly have the urge to skydive while you’re looking down from your helicopter ride….you’re in luck.  Don’t worry, the chopper will land you safe and sound back on the ground.  But you can skydive in complete National Helicopters Tours - Niagara Falls, ONsafety with admission to Niagara Freefall Indoor Skydiving.  After 20 minutes of pre-flying training, don your flight suit and enter the vertical wind tunnel.  Wind speeds up to 140 mph propel you in the padded tunnel.  Free fall to your heart’s content, in this outstanding indoor adventure.

Vacations Made Easy has convenient packages that include your helicopter ride to view the falls, Indoor skydiving, and three nights lodging at your choice of more than 50 hotels.  Book your Niagara Falls Tour Package, and get ready for this high-flying adventure.

Oh Canada, Eh?

Niagara Falls is the collective name for three waterfalls which straddle the international border between Canada and the United States.  The American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls both lie on the American side, while the largest of the three, Horseshoe Falls is mostly on the Canadian side.

On the Canadian side of the Falls you’ll find platforms offering splendid views of the American and Horseshoe Falls, and you can even trek along an underground walkway to observation rooms behind the falls.  Imagine the feeling of being within the waterfall.

Oh Canada Eh? Dinner Show - Niagara Falls, ONThe nearby Skylon Tower provides the highest vantage point from which to view the falls, and if you look the other direction, you can see all the way to Toronto.

For a real treat while you’re in Canada, check out the Oh Canada, Eh? Dinner Show.  You’ll get a true taste of Canadian culture with the five course family style meal with dishes like French Canadian Pea Soup, Fried Atlantic Haddock, and Maple Chocolate Cake.  While you dine enjoy a musical production featuring characters such as the Singing Mountie, Anne of Green Gables, and Hockey Player, performing songs from folk to modern, and all written by famous Canadians including Shania Twain, Bare Naked Ladies and Celine Dion.  This is truly a must-see attraction having won numerous awards including Niagara Falls Tourism’s Attraction of the Year, which they’ve won seven times.

Experience all the Falls area has to offer.  Spectacular views, a ride into the falls on Maid of the Mist, and an evening of comedy, music and feasting….Canadian style, eh?