June 23rd, 2014
Niagara has made a name for itself offering a selection of wines and experiences for wine enthusiasts and those who are looking for fun events with beautiful scenery.
The summer weather is the perfect time to visit the wineries and check out the gorgeous vineyards, the food and – of course – sample the wine.
Below is a list of three wine events that are coming up in the region, making it a great reason to come visit one of the most respected wine regions in the world.
Earth & Sky Music Market
Filled with food trucks, artisans, specialty food, music and wine, you won’t want to miss out on this event taking place at Chateau Des Charmes on June 30, August 4 and Sept. 1. The transformation of the vineyard into a supermarket gives this event a twist on the usual winery event, while adding in local music and delicious food.
Pillitteri Estates Winery is embracing the region’s chefs, produce and wine during its luncheon series. If you want a casual lunch of three to five menu items that offer a unique taste using local ingredients then make your way to Pop-Up Patio. The prices are budget-friendly and with a glass of wine in hand you will be relaxed in no time! The Pop-Up Patios take place during the summer with the next scheduled for July 4.
Trius Jazz at the Winery
Celebrate jazz and blues music in the wine country at this upcoming Trius Winery event. Now in its 25th year, the evening will return this summer showcasing the wine, music and food found in Niagara. Choose Vineyard Lawn Seating or Backstage Passes, eat from the market menu or a three-course prix fixe meal all while enjoying the warm weather and delicious food.
June 18th, 2014
If you’re looking for a trip to Niagara Falls that’s specially designed around your interests take a look at some of the many Ultimate Experience Packages that we offer. All the packages include your accommodations at our 4-star hotel that is conveniently located in the heart of the tourist district.
Ultimate Couples Experience Package: Indulge in this package with your special someone enjoying the food, wine and nightlife that Niagara Falls is known for. With three dining gift cards to the best restaurants in the city, winery tasting passes and complimentary cocktails at the Hard Rock Café, your weekend will be well spent in each other’s company.
Ultimate Niagara Winery Experience Package: Not just for wine enthusiasts, this package is the perfect way to spend the weekend in Niagara. Fall in love with delicious VQA wine found in the region when visiting several local wineries for tours and tastings. Accompany your winery passes with dining gift cards to Windows, Rainbow Room and the Fallsview Buffet. The next morning make sure you pamper yourself at the Christienne Fallsview Spa.
Ultimate Spa Experience Package: If you want a weekend built specifically for relaxation and enjoying time spent with your partner, then this is the package for you. Featuring a couples massage and private use of the Hydrotherapy Infinity Tub you’ll easily forget about the stresses of life. Top it off with complimentary chocolate truffles and sparkling water for an unforgettable spa experience.
Ultimate Casino Experience Package: A package made for anyone feeling lucky and looking for a night out on the town. Celebrate a special day with this package and enjoy meals at Windows, Rainbow Room and the Fallsview Buffet and wine tasting passes at Hillebrand and Peller Estates and then spend the evening gaming at Casino Niagara.
The toughest part is choosing which package you want to experience!
June 9th, 2014
Canada Day is quickly approaching and Niagara Falls is one of the best places in the country to celebrate the occasion. Niagara Falls offers tons of activities to partake in on the special day, including fun historical, educational and family oriented events.
Canada Day At Inniskillin
Wine enthusiasts can rejoice at the fifth annual Canada Day celebrations at Inniskillin Winery and enjoy an evening filled with food and wine. This picnic style event will have a BBQ and other food options right next to the vineyard on The Piazza. Included at the event will be an outdoor wine bar where VQA wines fit for the summer will be offered. Don’t let the night stop at food and wine and stay for the fireworks that will be happening over the vineyard at dusk.
Canada Day Celebration at Welland Canals Parkway
This event is perfect for families looking to celebrate the holiday together. Filled with fun games such as the bean-bag toss, tug-of-war, as well as food vendors and more, you won’t want to miss out! Get a chance to meet some characters from St. Catharines’ past and spend the day at the Museum’s Dominion Day Picnic. Learn about the world famous Welland Canal and how it helped shaped the Canada that we know today.
This educational Canada Day celebration will take you through a history lesson as you learn about the stories of Laura Secord and her journey. The homestead has been converted into an authentic experience with costumes and items from the era. This day will be a chance to celebrate the holiday with your family partaking in activities for everyone at the historic Laura Secord homestead.
Falls Fireworks Illuminations Coca-Cola Concerts
A classic way to celebrate the holidays with the family will include free music and fireworks. This budget friendly event is perfect for everyone and has an incredible view to accompany it. A free concert featuring local band Sultans of String and fireworks as the sun sets will kick off the celebrations right beside the Horseshoe Falls.
If you’re looking for something unique to do this Canada Day, visit Niagara Falls this July. With family friendly events taking place throughout the area it won’t be hard to find a fun way to celebrate the day!
June 2nd, 2014
Take a break from the everyday this summer and indulge in a relaxing getaway with us! While many know Niagara Falls for its bustling nightlife, attractions and restaurants, one of its best-kept secrets is our Christienne Fallsview Spa.
The Christienne Fallsview Spa has everything you’ll need to relax during a weekend away in Niagara Falls. Situated inside of the Sheraton on the Falls, the spa contains several unique features including the only Hydrotherapy Infinity Tub in Canada, treatment areas overlooking the falls and it’s the only spa in Niagara to offer the GUINOT line of skincare products.
The Christienne Fallsview Spa has also just announced two new services – Reiki and Reflexology. Reiki is a form of healing using specific hand positions and light touches along the body to balance energy. Reiki treats body, emotions, mind and spirit. Reflexology is used to re-balance Qi (the life force flowing through your energy channels) to treat a number of conditions to have a beneficial effect on the organs and a person’s general health.
To make the planning process easier we’ve developed the Ultimate Spa Experience that includes hotel accommodations, time at the spa and several other goodies, including winery tasting passes to two nearby vineyards.
Ultimate Spa Experience Package Includes:
- One Night Hotel Accommodations
- 55 minute Relaxation Couples Massage and 20 minutes private use of the Hydrotherapy Infinity Tub
- Sparkling water infused with a Cherry Lane elixir and decadent Chocolate Truffles
- Three Fallsview Dining Gift Cards:
- Two Cocktails at the Hard Rock Cafe
- Special Hershey’s Chocolate World Gift
- Two Winery Tasting Passes at Hillebrand and Peller Estates
May 26th, 2014
Watch 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.
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.
May 21st, 2014
The 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
May 12th, 2014
If 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.
May 7th, 2014
Beginning 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.
May 5th, 2014
We’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.
May 2nd, 2014
With 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.