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Cycling Through Niagara

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 www.niagararegion.ca/exploring/cycle/default.aspx?topnav=1 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

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

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

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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The Fun Never Stops In The City

April 25th, 2014

SHER_Exterior.200x200With lots to do in Niagara Falls during the day like hiking its many nature trails, watching the beautiful falls and participating in the many attractions, Niagara Falls has just as much to do in the nighttime. Let your fun follow into the late evening by checking out what the city has to offer for nighttime entertainment.

Rumors Night Club

Located in the heart of downtown Niagara Falls at the top of Clifton Hill, this club will get you dancing the night away. With a large dance floor and awesome sound and lighting system, it’s easy to enjoy yourself all night long at Rumors while dancing with friends!

Sport Zone

If you’re looking for something more casual, make your way to Sport Zone for an evening full of pool tables, bowling, large televisions and tons of sports. Watch the game and eat delicious food as you relax with your friends in one of Niagara Falls’ hot spots.

Hard Rock Club

60’s music fans rejoice at this favourite night club found in Niagara Falls. Surround yourself with all things 60’s like a disco ball, velvet lounge and new and retro music at this unique venue. Relive the 60’s with your friends as you reminisce about your greatest memories and favourite songs!

In addition to the many nightclubs, bars and pubs found in Niagara Falls, you can’t miss out on a visit to Casino Niagara, located near all of the fun on Clifton Hill.

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Whirlpool Aero Car Opens Up

April 9th, 2014

spanishaerocarThe Niagara Parks Whirlpool Aero Car will be holding its opening day on Friday April 18, which means you and your family can add another attraction to your list of things to do!

The attraction allows you to soar above the Niagara Gorge and the Niagara River while you sit inside an antique cable car.

Designed by Spanish engineer Leonardo Torres Quevado, the Whirlpool Aero Car has been operating since 1916. Suspended from six sturdy cables, the car gives passengers a beautiful view of the Niagara Whirlpool and the lush greenery of the Niagara Gorge.

Fun Facts:

-          The system has been upgraded three times in 1961, 1967 and 1984.

-          The car originally was open but a roof was added in a later design.

-          A four-person rescue car is available but not used for regular service.

-          The car crosses part way over the Whirlpool into the US side, but no passport clearance is required.

-          Operates from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

-          The car can hold 35 passengers.

If you want to have a thrilling experience, high above the Niagara River and Whirlpool, the Whirlpool Aero Car is the attraction for you. Don’t worry, you have until the middle of November to check out this classic Niagara Falls attraction!

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Summer Activities in Niagara Falls

March 27th, 2014

spanishaerocarWith summer just around the corner the time to plan your summer getaway has begun! Picking a place to visit can be the easy part but figuring out how to fill your days can get tricky.

Visiting Niagara Falls on your next summer getaway will ensure you have lots of fun while staying active. Luckily Niagara Falls offers tons of nature activities to keep you and your family outside and busy on your trip.

Here is a list of just some of the nature-based activities available around the city.

Hiking

With over 15 km of hiking footpaths through six different nature areas, hiking in the region is an easy and fun activity in the beautiful summer weather. Wear your comfy shoes, some sunscreen and a hat and you will be good to go on the trails. With tons of things to do on your hike like taking photos, observing the wildlife and waterways, using binoculars to watch birds or simply walking and listening to the sounds of nature, a hike is a great way to experience the natural side of Niagara Falls.

Cycling

With the Niagara River Recreational Trail, a 56 km paved trail parallel to the Niagara River, cycling here comes with a beautiful view. The trail passes through many attractions, historic sites and natural areas, which means you can stop and admire the beauty of Niagara Falls at anytime.

Bouldering

If you’re on the more adventurous side, Niagara Parks offers bouldering. With its recent popularity, this activity has combined a social aspect with a physical workout. You can purchase a permit from the Niagara Glen Nature Centre and get on your way to climbing and understanding the Niagara Glen.

Geocaching

If you loved treasure hunts when you were a child then Geocaching is an activity you will fall in love with. Similar to a treasure hunt, the goal of the activity is to find hidden containers known as geocaches using a portable GPS. Log your findings on a website for fellow geocachers to see or place a cache in an outdoor location for others to find!

Birding (Bird Watching)

With summer returning we see the birds that have flown back to enjoy the warmth of the Niagara Region.  Niagara Falls is one of the world’s greatest gatherings of gulls and other migrating birds, which makes it a hotspot for birding!

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A Little History of Niagara Falls

March 17th, 2014

Niagara Falls has a rich history that has led to the creation of the tourist destination that millions flock to every year. This largest draw however is of course the mighty falls that have been attracting visitors for more than 100 years.

coverSpanning over the Canadian and American border, the formation of the falls began at the end of the Ice Age. Twelve thousand years ago, the water plunged over the edge of the Niagara Escarpment, which eventually wore away the rock layers, moving the Falls to its current location.

Niagara Falls’ residents were mostly comprised of Native Americans living around the region. In 1678, Father Louis Hennepin was the first European documented to visit the area. On his return trip from Niagara Falls to his home in France he published his trip in a book that would bring attention to the region. After his book was published many were intrigued by the city and wanted to explore further, which began the discovery of Niagara Falls.

Once the rail system was created in the 1800s Niagara Falls would see an increase of visitors that would land the city as a tourist hot spot. In 1804, Napoleon Bonaparte’s younger brother and his wife honeymooned at the falls, which began the city’s nickname of the “Honeymoon Capital of the World.”

The freezing and thawing of the Niagara River presently wears away at the rocks under the surface, which means the falls are always moving. Modern technologies have caused the falls to wear away at a slower pace which has been done to preserve the falls. The volume of water moving down the falls has been reduced by hydroelectric power, a technology that the city is very proud to declare.

Some Quick Facts

  • There are three waterfalls categorized under “Niagara Falls”
    • American Falls
    • Bridal Veil Falls
    • Canadian Falls (Horseshoe Falls)
    • The Canadian Falls is 167 feet tall with 600,000 gallons or 2,271,247 liters per second travelling through the Falls
    • The word ‘Niagara’ is derived from the Iroquois Indian word “Onguiaahra” meaning “the strait”
    • The flow was halted over both falls on March 30th 1848 due to an ice jam in the upper river
    • Part of the movie Superman II was filmed in the Falls
    • 20% of the worlds freshwater lies in the Great Lakes and most flows over Niagara Falls
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Visit Us and Relax!

March 10th, 2014

Spa_3Getaways are meant to be relaxing and stress free and what better way to unwind than our Christienne Fallsview Spa? Forget about the outside world and indulge in an afternoon full of relaxation. Choose from one of our three packages and treat yourself on your next trip!

Couple’s Retreat

Your couple’s retreat includes a soothing Stress Relief massage in the luxurious couple’s suite. With a breathtaking view of the falls and a warm fireplace, this couple’s retreat will have you leaving the spa in ultimate peace and relaxation.

Face & Body Treatment

Refresh your body and face with a treatment that will exfoliate and rejuvenate your skin. With a full body massage and a dip in the infinity hydrotherapy bath you’ll definitely remove all of your built up stress with this package.

Manicure & Pedicure

Watch the falls as you sit back, relax and enjoy a manicure and pedicure at our spa. With our expert staff providing you with a truly pampered experience, it’ll soon be the season to showcase your fingers and toes!

The Christienne Fallsview Spa incorporates luxury and relaxation to ensure that our guests are able to stay with us fully satisfied. Complemented by a view of the falls, stone accents, exotic woods and warmth, our spa will leave you totally relaxed. Indulge in one of our packages and visit our spa on your next trip to the Sheraton on the Falls.

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Gear Up for Wine Season This Spring At Sheraton on the Falls

March 3rd, 2014

Sheraton_7With the warm weather starting to creep up, now is the perfect time to enjoy the pride of the Niagara Region – the wineries. Known around the world for its legendary wineries and beautiful vineyards, you can’t miss out on a visit to a winery for an experience like nowhere else in Canada. With dozens to choose from, all growing a variety of specialized grapes, there is definitely a wine for every taste.

Below is a list of just some of the incredible wineries found in the Niagara Region, all located close to the action of Niagara Falls.

Chateau des Charmes

The venue says it all, with its unique cellar and impressive architecture, Chateau de Charmes is one of the most established and awarded wineries in Niagara. The Bosc family has continued a long tradition of wine making, creating a must visit destination for any wine lover.

Hillebrand Estate

Canada’s largest VQA producer can be found right in the Niagara Region! Hillebrand Estate’s many vineyards and cellars make for a beautiful tour in the spring when the vineyards are beginning to burst back to life.

Jackson-Triggs

Named the most technologically advanced wineries producing VQA wines in the country this location will definitely leave you fascinated with the wine making process. With titles such as “Best Canadian Winery” under its belt, this winery is a fantastic choice for the wine enthusiasts visiting the region!

Peller Estates

With tons to do at this massive winery, your time will be well spent at Peller Estates. Offering one of the largest rare vintage libraries, an exceptional restaurant and a distinctive barrel cellar, you can enjoy a day full of tasting and learning about wine.

During the month of March, all of the above wineries will be holding special events that will not only introduce you to the world of Canadian winemaking but tempt you to fall in love with it. For upcoming events, please visit http://wineriesofniagaraonthelake.com/events.

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