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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?

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.

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.

Bird’s Eye View of All the Falls

The only panoramic view of all three Niagara Falls, is from high atop the Prospect Point Park Niagara Falls Observation Tower.  Extending dramatically over the gorge you’ll be afforded unobstructed views of all the falls and the raging waters below.

Elevators at the tower allow easy access to boarding for the Maid of the Mist boat tour, and to the base of the gorge where you can climb stairs to the Crow’s Nest, where you can enjoy the spray from the falls.

Niagara FallsDesignated an Audubon Important Bird Area, you may witness soaring bald eagles, peregrine falcons, and a number of gulls from the tower on the American side of the falls.
Admission to the Observation Tower is included in the All-American Tour, and Deluxe Combo Tour offered by Vacations Made Easy.

Get an unbelievable view of all the falls and some great bird-watching opportunities as well.

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!

Comfort Inn Clifton Hill Receives Family Friendly Hotel Award

Guinness Book of World Records Museum 

The Comfort Inn Clifton Hill has been chosen as a Best for Families Hotel by Tripadvisor in its 2009 Travelers’ Choice awards. This prestigious award signifies that Comfort Inn Clifton Hill has reached the top of the industry in combining quality customer service with great value to offer visitors the best possible vacation accommodations during their stay The Comfort Inn is conveniently located in the Clifton Hill entertainment district and it is a short walk to the Niagara Falls as well. 

When you stay at this award winning family hotel, be sure to visit family fun sites in the Clifton Hill district, like Haunted House Niagara Falls and the Guinness World Records Museum. At Haunted House Niagara Falls, enter at your own risk as you traverse the dark corridors of a haunted house, experiencing the hair-trigger suspense provided by motion sensors and animated frights. Stay alert as you enjoy the chills and thrills of this spooky adventure. 

At the Guinness World Records Museum in Clifton Hill, you can view a myriad of exhibits featuring world records from the incredible to the bizarre! Pose for family photos in a chair big enough to seat 8-foot-11-inch Robert Wadlow, the world’s tallest man, spin a 10,000 pound ball with your fingertip or set your eyes upon a pencil that weighs over 500 pounds! In addition to the family-friendly attractions of the Clifton Hill entertainment district, your room will be within short walking distance to spectacular views of Niagara Falls. So come visit Niagara Falls and let your family stay in the award-winning Comfort Inn Clifton Hill!