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The Niagara Integrated Film Fest is here!

Monday, May 26th, 2014

NIFFWatch out movie world, Niagara is quickly becoming a hot spot for films with the launch of the inaugural Niagara Integrated Film Festival (NIFF). NIFF will be coming to Niagara and bringing tons of new films to its many venues located throughout the region. Choose from more than 30 different films, including comedy, animation, drama, documentary, family and music categories and watch something that you may have never heard of before.

The festival will feature films from Niagara and around the world including: Third Person, starring James Franco, Mila Kunis, Liam Neeson; Cold in July starring Michael C. Hall; Love is Strange starring John Lithgow, Alfred Molina; FRANK starring Michael Fassbender, Maggie Gyllenhaal; and many more.

The event will have several ways for attendees to watch the films to make sure you get the best experience possible. With lots of programs offered you definitely won’t want to miss out.


This program brings “dinner and a movie” to a whole new level with events hosted at some of Niagara’s best vineyards. Each vineyard has hand-crafted a delicious menu with wine pairings to compliment your film. After dinner you’ll be treated with a film showing in the vineyard for a film festival experience like no other.

Film Fest

For an event that embraces short films, make your way to one of our featured vineyards for a flight of vintages, hors d’oeuvres and a selection of short films. Enjoy a low key evening by sipping on wine and watching the incredible talent found in Canada.

Other programs offered at NIFF include Niagara Rises, Canada’s Not Short on Talent, World’s Smallest Film Festival and Purple Carpet Diaries. Each movie brings something new to the table and showcases the talent found in our country. NIFF will be bringing wine and food to the film world for a truly unforgettable experience.

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Falls Fireworks Illumination Coca-Cola Concerts

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

niagara-falls-fireworks-largeThe Falls Fireworks display is a unique addition to Niagara Falls that can’t be missed. The beautiful sights and the sounds of the fireworks illuminate the falls into a colourful showcase on Friday and Sunday evenings. In 2013, these series of fireworks became Canada’s longest running fireworks series and 2014 will be a year of celebration.

Along with the fireworks, several musical acts will be taking the Coca-Cola Concerts stage for different performances every week.

The free concerts will mean your family won’t have to break the budget to have a fun family outing. Grab some ice-cream and make your way to Queen Victoria Park and watch as the fireworks go off. This fascinating sight won’t disappoint and with the bands playing right before the show it’s easy to make a fun summer evening out of it.

The Niagara Parks Commission starts the concert series on Victoria Day long weekend and it runs all through the summer until Labour Day. You’ll find the favourite bands at The Illumination Tower Stage in the park on the Niagara Parkway, across from the Table Rock Welcome Centre.

Catch the fireworks every Friday, Sunday and holidays at 10 p.m. and catch the concert at 8 p.m. and make some family memories at this great event

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Cycling Through Niagara

Monday, May 12th, 2014

DSC_0510.JPGIf your family needs some ideas for your summer vacation why not look at the many cycling trails and paths found in the beautiful Niagara Region. Grab your family and spend a day out on the trails and view what Niagara has to offer while getting exercise and spending time together.

The Niagara Region has more than 200 scenic cycling routes for you to choose from. The routes vary in length, terrain and scenery, so there are paths for all cyclists to enjoy no matter how experienced you might be. You can bike along Lake Ontario, the Welland Canal or through special heritage sites that the Niagara Region has to offer. Visit for more details on Niagara’s routes or download their app on your iPhone.

One of the most scenic biking routes in Ontario is a ride down the Niagara Parkway. The Parkway, which begins in Fort Erie, winds along the Niagara River, through Niagara Falls and into the historic Niagara-on-the-Lake. This bike route is a favourite among visitors and locals for two reasons. It’s an easy, flat route with separate bike paths that allow you to stay off the road for long stretches of the trip and secondly, the view is absolutely breathtaking.

The Parkway takes you beside the Niagara River, following it until it hits Niagara Falls, and then along the incredible Niagara Gorge, which then leads into the picturesque town of Niagara-on-the-Lake. You’ll also pass through the heart of Niagara Falls’ tourist district too so be sure to stop in to the Falls Avenue Resort for a break!

Niagara is home to many beautiful parks, forests, green spaces and nature trails. Be sure to put some time aside on your next visit to see it for yourself.

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2014 Niagara Falls Summer Fireworks Series Schedule

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

fireworksnfBeginning Friday, May 9th, the 21st Annual Niagara Falls Fireworks Series starts off with a bang with over 55 stunning displays over Niagara Falls! Holiday shows include Victoria Day (May 19), Canada Day (July 1), Independence Day (July 4), Civic Holiday (August 4), Labour Day (September 1) and Canadian Thanksgiving/US Columbus Day (October 13).

As always, fireworks performances start at 10:00 pm and are weather permitting. They may be cancelled due to poor weather conditions like high winds or rain.

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The Sky is not the Limit

Monday, May 5th, 2014

hadfieldWe’ve all heard of Chris Hadfield at one point or another and now you have a chance to see him in person in Niagara Falls. Canada’s most famous astronaut will be visiting Niagara Falls in October for an evening dinner reception and stories told by the man himself. The Sky is Not the Limit, a documentary by Chris Hadfield outlines what it takes to be an astronaut with behind the scenes information on the training, skills and preparation put into becoming one.

The first Canadian to walk in space, he became well known globally through his tweets and videos about science and space travel. In 1992, out of 5,330 applicants, Mr. Hadfield was chosen to become one of four new Canadian Astronauts. Eventually he landed NASA’s Chief Captain of Communications after being assigned by the Canadian Space Agency. After his two visits in space in 2001, Chris would not stop there with his exploration of space travel and the world beyond earth. In November 2012, Chris took a trip through space again and in March 2013 gained the title of the first Canadian to command a spaceship.

If you want to see Mr. Hadfield in October and you are a student aged 12-15 attending school in the Niagara Region, you have the chance to win tickets to see him in October. Create your own video about any or all of the important work that Habitat for Humanity Niagara does in the community for a chance to win. Get creative and take part in this cool contest for a chance to hear Mr. Hadfield speak in person about his unique experience in space!

Enjoy an evening with Chris Hadfield, a delicious dinner and reception with this once in a lifetime event that will be coming to Niagara Falls. With proceeds supporting Habitat for Humanity, your evening will be unforgettable and will support a good cause.

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Hornblower Cruises

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

HBL_012_Image_PrintReady_HorseshoeFalls7_1000With the warmer weather finally here, it’s the season to enjoy Niagara Falls and the beauty of this natural phenomenon. Hornblower Niagara Cruises is Canada’s only falls boat tour and a unique way to experience this iconic Canadian landmark. Choose from the many different cruise options as they take you through a fascinating tour of the falls.

Take a look below for an idea of some of the tour options available when Hornblower Niagara Cruises begins operations this spring.

Voyage to the Falls Boat Tour

If you’re looking for the classic tour of Niagara Falls, this is it. This up close look at the thundering waters lets you see the American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls and the Horseshoe Falls from the comfort of the tour boat.

Sunset Cocktail Cruise

This new evening tour gives you the beautiful vision of the three falls during the Niagara Falls sunset.  This evening cruise serves snacks, wine and cocktails to making the night extra special.

Falls Illumination Cruise

This other evening cruise option takes place during the illumination of the Horseshoe Falls, which takes place every night. Sip a glass of wine on the tour boat while seeing the falls lit up in a rainbow of different colours on this must do experience.

Falls Fireworks Cruise

If you want more action than the illumination, the fireworks display will brighten the sky and the Falls with this one-of-a-kind cruise. You can watch Canada’s longest running fireworks series while cruising the river far below. With only a few chances to see this, don’t miss out on your next visit to Niagara Falls.

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