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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.

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?

See the Falls From Both Sides

See the Falls from both sides.  There’s no need to choose the American side or the Canadian side for your tour of Niagara FallsVacations Made Easy is inviting you to see both sides with our Deluxe Combo Tour.

Feel the sheer power of the Niagara Falls on the world-famous Maid of the Mist boat, at the Cave of the Winds, and in the Journey Behind the Falls. This tour will also give you access to choice viewpoints that provide wonderful vistas for appreciate the Falls’ grandeur.

Deluxe Combo TourYou’ll experience all the sights and activities included on our All-American Tour, and our All-Canadian Adventure Tour.  On the tour, your guide will take you to the best places to view and experience the Falls in two countries, the U.S. and Canada –  more than two dozen tour stops in all.  And the best part is, you can schedule the tours at your convenience, doing everything all in one day or spread it over two days.

See all the best of Niagara Falls!

Mansions, Castles and Estates, Oh My!

From West to East, and North to South, we’ve discovered some of the most opulent mansions in the US and Canada that you can tour as part of your vacation.

Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills CA
A colossal home built in 1927 for the then-astronomical sum of over three million dollars, the Greystone Mansion belonged to Ned Doheny, son of the most successful oil producer of the time. The Doheny family occupied the fifty-five-room Mansion for some years until the mysterious murder of Ned, a crime unsolved to this day, left the Mansion empty. Passed from owner to owner for several decades, the Greystone Mansion was finally purchased by the City of Beverly Hills for use as a public park.

The home itself is only open to the public for musical and theatrical performances, though visitors do have access to the formal gardens, pool, and inner courtyard, and the eighteen acres of romantic park lands are always open for strolling and picnicking. The Mansion offers High Teas on the terrace, which include live classical music and a rare tour of the Mansion’s first floor. In summer, visitors can enjoy performances of the Beverly Hills Symphony in the courtyard.

EwingEwing Mansion, Dallas TX
The Southfork Ranch was where the Ewings lived and where hundreds of thousands of viewers visited each week to stay current with the exciting lives of these characters. The ranch’s wonderful facilities are now open to tours and special events and offer over 63,000 square feet of indoor event space, ten ballrooms, and acres of sprawling Texas ranch land for special events, guided tours and private parties. In addition to the Dallas history, Southfork Ranch has beautiful surroundings, wonderful attractions, and plenty to do for all.

For Dallas fans, visiting the ranch and the famous Ewing mansion is a thrill. And the ‘Dallas Legends’ exhibit gives you the chance to experience first-hand some of the memorable moments from the show, with memorabilia like Lucy’s wedding dress, the gun that shot J.R. and video clips of interviews with the stars. Take a relaxed guided tour (offered daily), and see J.R.’s bedroom, Jock’s Lincoln Continental, Miss Ellie’s Deli, or shop in the two themed stores to purchase a variety of collectibles.

So whether you are a Dallas fan looking to re-live some great TV moments, or an event coordinator looking for that perfect location, Southfork is the place to be! You won’t want to miss this absolutely beautiful spot on your trip to the area.

Biltmore Estate, Asheville NCBiltmore
Biltmore Estate is known as ‘America’s Largest Home’ and was built in 1895 by George Washington Vanderbilt.

Located in Asheville, North Carolina, this estate features a 175,000 square foot mansion, gardens, restaurants, shops, and more. Total acreage of the property totaled 125,000 acres originally.

One of the highlights of Biltmore is the many gardens on site, which were designed by landscaper Frederick Law Olmstead. Different gardens include the Esplanade, Italian Garden, Walled Garden, Conservatory, and the Azalea Garden. Each season dictates what is seen in each garden.

Also located on the Biltmore Estate is the Biltmore Winery. Guests can tour the winery and sample some of the wines and shop in the wine shop. Guests can also have a refreshing snack and drink at the Wine Bar.

Biltmore offers several on-site dining options. The Stable Cafe, Courtyard Market, Bake Shop, Ice Cream Parlor, the Bistro, and the Arbor Grill are all locations where guests can get snacks, lunch, or dinner. Shopping options available on Biltmore include a Christmas store, a book shop, confectionery, and a toy shop.

Casa LomaCasa Loma, Toronto ON
When you visit Casa Loma, Canada’s Majestic Castle,  you return to a period of time where elegance and splendor could be viewed in every aspect of a residence.
This medieval castle, originally owned by Sir Henry Mill Pellatt, is perched atop a hill overlooking scenic Toronto. The interior facade showcases a combination of workmanship and exquisite décor. The walls and floors are made from such fine woods as oak, mahogany, and walnut as well as the finest Italian marble. The timeless period furnishings include original pieces of Pellatt furniture. The outdoor gardens are a riveting collection of colorful annuals, perennials, and flowering shrubs set in artistic display.
There are other intriguing elements to the castle, like the 800-foot long tunnel some 18 feet underground that connects the castle to stables, bookshelves that turn to reveal secret passageways, and many rooms and interior areas that were never completed due to Sir Henry’s financial decline. Casa Loma is certainly a magnificent attempt of one man to pay homage to the castles and knights of days gone by.

Vancouver Celebrates Peak of Christmas on Grouse Mountain!

During the winter months, Vancouver commemorates one of the most important events in its city, the Peak of Christmas, which lasts from November 27 to December 24. On top of Vancouver’s famous Grouse Mountain, visitors can ready themselves for Christmas with seasonal entertainment, outdoor ice skating, a fun sleigh ride across the fluffy snow and even breakfast with Santa. You’ll want to bring your small children along to pet the reindeer and see the beauty of Santa’s busy workshop as well. Each of these activities takes place at different times through the month-long event, so you’ll want to book Vancouver lodging during the ones you’re most interested in.

Besides the Peak of Christmas event, Vancouver has other mountaintop experiences for you and the family including the Whistler Mountain Tour, which transports you past snow covered areas like Howe Sound, Horseshoe Bay, Whistler Village and the 1,000 foot tall Shannon Falls. It’s all part of the experience in the mountains, and the scenic view alone will be worth your time. Don’t forget to check out the West Coast Railway Heritage Park which is also located on Whistler Mountain.

Your time on top of Vancouver isn’t done, as you can also enjoy the North Shore, Capilano, and Grouse Tour, too. Grab a seat on the Grouse Mountain Skyride, which pulls you 3,700 feet above Vancouver, or view the Capilano Suspension Bridge, a towering sight not far from Lion’s Gate Bridge. If you’re still up for a little shopping and exploring you can visit the Lonsdale Quay, a market filled with arts, crafts, cuisine and clothing.

View the world from a different perspective on top of one of Vancouver’s mountains during your holiday vacation. You’ll remember the sights and sounds even after you return home.

Take a Bite Out of Vancouver During Taste of Yaletown

Food and wine enthusiasts everywhere love visiting Vancouver during their Taste of Yaletown event. This year is the 6th annual event, and it is expected to be just as big as the year before. During the event, some of the top restaurants in Vancouver serve special, three-course meals at a fixed price. This gives everyone a chance to get delicious foods at a lower cost than the average three course meal. Some of the top restaurants that will be participating include Hurricane Grill, Hapa Izakaya Yaletown, and Society Dining Lounge. The event will only be available October 13th to the 31st, so start packing and get ready for a delicious culinary experience!

If you’re visiting Vancouver to get a taste of gourmet meals and fine wines at a delicious price, you also need to go on the Vancouver Wine Tour. This tour will take you through the regions where Canada’s top wines are produced. During the tour you will stop at several wineries including Township 7 Vineyards and Winers, Lotusland Vineyards, and Domaine de Chaberton to learn how they make their wines. As you visit each winery, you will get the chance to taste some of their signature and new wines.

Don’t spend all of your time in Vancouver eating and drinking when there is so much natural beauty to enjoy in the area. Take the Whistler Mountain Tour to get stunning views of the area’s mountains, waterfalls, and other attractions. This tour will take you along Howe Sound, Horseshoe Bay, Shannon Falls, and charming Whistler Village for a full day of sightseeing and a little bit of shopping. It’s a fun way to see the natural beauty that the area is known for.

Autumn Puts on a Spectacular Show in the Vancouver Area

Explore the beauty of Vancouver and the surrounding areas as autumn turns the countryside into a tapestry of brilliant fall colors. With tours that cover Whistler, Victoria, and Vancouver, you don’t have to miss out on any of the wonderful sights that the area has to offer. Bring your camera and take pictures to go along with the memories that will last you a lifetime.

Start out your journey with the Vancouver Island, Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour. This tour will give you the chance to see both Vancouver and Victoria as well as the famous Butchart Gardens. Different seasons dictate the flowers that are used throughout the gardens on this tour, so you can expect to see fall flowers and plant life everywhere you go. Don’t forget to take pictures of the famous places you see as well as the incredible gardens. This tour will take you on a relaxing journey that will fill your whole day with wonderful scenery and experiences.

If you feel you haven’t seen enough of Victoria and you want the chance to see some of the whales the area is known for, make sure to go on the Victoria Bus Tour and Whale Watching Cruise from Vancouver. This tour will combine the best of both worlds, so you get to see some of the famous places in Victoria like the Inner Harbor as well as the awe-inspiring killer whales in the ocean. During the whale watching portion of your time, you will be aboard a ship with the capabilities to allow you and the other guests to listen to the whales communicate. It’s an incredible adventure that will give you plenty of opportunities for photos.

Don’t forget to see the charming town of Whistler while you’re in Vancouver. The Whistler Tour via Sea to Sky Highway will give you the chance to see the wilderness and resort attractions that the area is known for. Gorgeous views and history await around every corner in Whistler. You won’t want to put your camera down as you take in scenic views throughout the experience. It’s a lovely way to round out your knowledge and appreciation of the area.

Stop in Vancouver for Great Laughs at the International Comedy Festival

Experience the joy of Vancouver through the annual Vancouver International Comedy Festival starting September 16 and going until September 26 on Granville Street. No matter what days you choose to attend, you’ll be laughing until your stomach hurts as you hear comedian legends like Tom Green, Charlie Murphy, Gerry Dee, and much more. The productions allow for you to experience the suitable Vancouver party atmosphere while hearing hilarious jokes. If you’re wanting to stay in Vancouver for the length of the show, be sure to check out our nearby lodging.

You can explore more of the city with a Vancouver Island, Victoria & Butchart Gardens Tour, featuring much of the beauty of the surrounding area. Several options are available to you on the tour including skating on a sunlit outdoor rink or discovering some of the interesting plant life in the Japanese-style garden. You can taste unique cuisine at the Blue Poppy restaurant or the Dining Room restaurant.

For another sightseeing option of Vancouver, you may try the Whistler Tour via Sea to Sky Highway, which provides history and culture of the Fitzsimmons Range and the town of Whistler. You’ll view the Gold Rush Heritage Trail and the Pemberton Trail, two must-see paths that hold a significant place in the traditions of the locals. You’ll also visit places like Horseshoe Bay and the Porteau Cove Provincial Park.

As you can see, Vancouver has the perfect blend of historic features and entertainment for relaxation. Travel through this wonderful area in the summer season.

Visit Vancouver and Victoria on Your Next Vacation

Vancouver is a beautiful city full of fantastic activities to fill your vacation. While in the area, choose from several things to do including Vancouver Island, Victoria & Butchart Gardens Tour where you can bask in the beauty of the gardens; see the natural wonders of Vancouver on the Fraser River Safari; or enjoy a trip to Victoria plus a whale watching cruise on the Royal Victoria Excursion.

If you are heading to Vancouver on vacation and need a comfortable place to stay, we offer several fantastic choices sure to fit your vacation needs. For a list of hotels in the Vancouver area, click here.

Vancouver Island, Victoria & Butchart Gardens Tour

A fabulous way to see some of the best parts of Canada is to take the Vancouver Island, Victoria & Butchart Gardens Tour. During the tour you will see a wide variety of vibrant flowers, take perfect pictures, skate in the outdoor rink, take a walk through Japanese themed gardens, enjoy a great meal, go shopping, and many more wonderful activities.

Fraser River Safari

See the amazing natural beauty, great wildlife, and experience the cultural history of the Coast and Cascade Mountains on the Fraser River Safari. You will have the opportunity to see views of a nearby snow-capped volcano, see wildlife, hear stories of the first travelers, and experience the power of the safari vessel. Have your cameras ready to capture the picturesque views on the Fraser River Safari.

Royal Victoria Excursion

Take a great day trip to Victoria and experience the Royal Victoria Excursion where you will have the opportunity to take a whale watch cruise. You will also be able to explore the fascinating buildings and streets that comprise this historical city. This magical excursion is the perfect way to be able to experience every aspect of Victoria as well as see majestic whales in their natural habitat.