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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.


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

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The Winery Experience You Need To Experience at Sheraton on the Falls

January 27th, 2014

niagara-on-the-lake-winter-vineyard-4If you didn’t get a chance to check out the Icewine Festival this year you’re not out of luck – our exclusive winery package will more than make up for it!

If you simply love wine or just want to better understand it, a trip to Niagara will definitely hit the spot as its one of Canada’s premier wine producing regions. While some may think the winter season is the slowest time for a winery, it’s actually incredibly active as many wineries are currently in the process of creating and bottling Canada’s golden delicacy – icewine

For a special treat, the Sheraton on the Falls offers an interactive winery experience that squeezes tons of winery fun into your next getaway to the Niagara Region.

The Ultimate Winery Experience includes:

If you want to enjoy some delicious Ontario wine then this package is definitely worth checking out!

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Feeling lucky in the New Year ? Start with Sheraton on the Falls Ultimate Casino Package

January 20th, 2014

BlackJack Table. Friends having a good time!While Niagara Falls can be one of the most exciting places in Canada for family vacations, it also has tons of attractions for adults looking to get away for a weekend or entire week. For adult getaways, the must see attractions in Niagara Falls are of course the world-renowned casinos.

This New Year, make your own luck at one of Niagara Falls’ two casinos, Casino Niagara or the Fallsview Casino Resort. To make the planning easy, The Sheraton on the Falls offers an unforgettable experience with its Ultimate Casino Experience Package. Whether you want to test your luck, get a night away or just enjoy yourself, any excuse is a good excuse to check out this package.

The Ultimate Casino Experience includes:

  • One Night Hotel Accommodations
  • $50 Casino Voucher for play at Casino Niagara or Fallsview Casino Resort (per couple)
  • Three Fallsview Dining Gift Cards
    • $40.00 at Windows by Jamie Kennedy
    • $40.00 at Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra
    • $20.00 at Fallsview Restaurant
    • $40.00  Credit at the Fallsview Christienne Spa
    • Two Winery Tasting Passes at Hillebrand and Peller Estates

If you’re up for the challenge and want to explore Niagara Falls, this is the perfect package for a weekend of excitement.

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Sheraton on the Falls is the perfect Hub for Niagara Icewine Festival Events

January 13th, 2014

CoupleInBedFallsWinter in Niagara might mean a drop in temperature but it also means one of the most delicious festivals has arrived – the Niagara Icewine Festival.

From January 10 – 26 Niagara is taken over by the sweet decadence of icewine. The festival involves dozens of wineries, several community partners and thousands of revelers taking in the many events that pop up throughout the region.

Below is a list of just some of the events taking place during the Niagara Icewine Festival.

Flash & Panache: Icewine Cocktail Competition: You can’t miss one of the festival’s “coolest” events! The Niagara-on-the-Lake heritage district becomes centre stage for cocktail mixologists who combine icewine with many different flavours and mixes to find out who is king of the icewine cocktail.

Niagara-on-the-Lake Icewine Village: Experience 27 different wineries in the winter wonderland that is the Icewine Village. Found in downtown Niagara-on-the-Lake, visit the wineries serving up not just glorious glasses of icewine, but expertly crafted meals designed to pair with each of the different varietals.

Sparkle and Ice: The century-old courthouse ballroom in downtown Niagara-on-the-Lake plays host to this evening dining event that will feature Signature Kitchen Chefs and personal ice glasses in addition to the star of the show – Niagara’s icewine.

This is just a small sample of the events happening during the festival; to truly see it all you have to join in on the fun for yourself!

The Sheraton on the Falls makes for the perfect hub for all icewine related activity. Located in the middle of everything, you can take in the Niagara Icewine Festival events while still enjoying the vibrancy of the Niagara Falls nightlife while staying at the Sheraton on the Falls.

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Find the world’s biggest entertainment superstars in Niagara Falls

January 10th, 2014

SOTF_ProfilePicWith millions of annual visitors to Niagara Falls every year, it’s no surprise that some of the world’s biggest superstars make regular appearances to the city.

Take a look at the brief list of just some of the performers coming to the Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort over the next few months.

Alan Jackson: Grammy winning country music superstar Alan Jackson will be performing his huge hits like “Chattahoochee” and “Don’t Rock The Jukebox” during his two shows on Jan. 21 & 22.

The Commodores: On Jan. 24 & 26 the Commodores will be working the Nightshift during their two performances. Check out the funk and soul music masters play hits like “Brick House”, “Three Times a Lady” and more.

Billy Ocean: Grammy Award winning calypso artist turned soul music icon Billy Ocean will be playing Niagara Falls on Feb. 7 & 8. Hits like “Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car” and “The Colour Of Love” are sure to bring back memories!

Michael Bolton: Multi-Grammy Award winning, 53 million album selling superstar Michael Bolton will be performing hits like “When A Man Loves A Woman” and “How Am I Supposed To Live Without You” on Feb. 14 & 15.

Jamie Foxx: The Jamie Foxx will be hitting the stage in Niagara Falls for a memorable performance that only the actor and singer could pull off. The star of movies like Ray and Django Unchained will be performing hits like “Gold Digger”, “Blame It”, and “Unpredictable” on Mar. 5 & 6.

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Last minute Niagara Falls New Years Eve ideas

December 16th, 2013

NFT_SOTF_NYE_Banner260x170Even though New Year’s Eve is just a couple of weeks away there are still plenty of fun ways to ring in 2014 in Niagara Falls.

If you’re looking for an incredible dinner experience as well as dancing with a perfect view of the falls and the midnight fireworks, the Sheraton on the Falls is hosting their Fallsview Restaurant Gala New Years Eve. Spend the first moments of 2014 in luxury with your loved one at this one-of-a-kind evening.

For groups looking for a fun night out consider heading to Queen Victoria Park for New Years in Niagara Falls which will feature the Sam Roberts Band, Serena Ryder and Demi Lovato.  This wholly Canadian evening will have amazing music and awesome fireworks all within view of the Horseshoe Falls.

For those looking to spend a quiet evening with your loved one many hotels including the Sheraton on the Falls still have rooms available. Watch the action from your room tucked cozily away on one of the luxurious beds while watching everything unfold on television.

2014 New Year’s Eve Niagara Falls

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Romance at Sheraton on the Falls in Niagara Falls

December 5th, 2013

CoupleInBedFallsFor an anniversary, birthday or just because, Niagara Falls has many incredible romantic experiences available for you and your special someone this winter and spring.

Its’ easy to find a way to spend a weekend, or week in Niagara Falls while taking in the local sights including the Horseshoe Falls, but there are a few highlights that shouldn’t be missed.

Take a look at the following romantic ideas for you and your loved one while in Niagara Falls.

Christienne Fallsview Spa: Imagine a relaxing couples massage or treatment while overlooking the beautiful Horseshoe Falls at one of Niagara Falls’ premier spas. Located on the 14th floor of the Sheraton on the Falls, the Christienne Fallsview Spa has many different options available to help you relax, including the only Hydrotherapy Infinity Tub in Canada.

Windows by Jamie Kennedy: No romantic vacation would be complete without an incredible dining experience. If you’re looking for that one special restaurant, discover Windows by Jamie Kennedy. With a seasonal menu that includes locally sourced ingredients and a perfect panorama view of the falls, it’s hard to find a better choice for an incredible culinary experience.

Niagara Butterfly Conservatory: Thousands of free floating butterflies call the tropical rainforest setting of the Niagara Butterfly Conservatory home – making it a favourite for families and couples. Take your date on a trip through the beautifully landscaped gardens that are filled with butterflies from around the world. It’s a chance to see something new and exciting right across from the falls itself.

Wine tasting: Niagara is known for its wine production and with dozens of wineries within a short drive of Niagara Falls, a wine tour makes for a perfect trip while on vacation. Even during the winter the wineries are still in production and you may even be treated to a rare viewing of the icewine harvesting process.

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Stay fit while visiting Sheraton on the Falls

November 18th, 2013

fitness-centreIf you’re visiting Niagara Falls on business or a family vacation you don’t have to let your workout schedule fall by the wayside.

The newly added Sheraton on the Falls’ Sheraton Fitness Centre is a fully equipped gym open 24 hours a day. Located on the 2nd floor, the gym includes treadmills, elliptical machines, stand-alone curl and press machines, stationary bikes, free weights and a selection of fitness studio equipment.

Use of the Sheraton Fitness Centre is complimentary for all hotel guests so you can get your workout in even when you’re away from home.

Of course if you’re looking to get outside and go for a run or brisk walk Niagara Falls has tons of options available with diverse scenery to accompany you. Need a challenging run? Try an early morning sprint up Clifton Hill. Looking for a flat walk with beautiful scenery? The Niagara Parkway winds along the Niagara River passing the falls, making it one of the most memorable exercises you may ever have. For any skill level in between there are countless running options found throughout the city, either urban or cross-country.

For an off-road running trip give the Niagara Gorge a try. These paths run right alongside the Niagara River down into the Gorge making for a challenging but adventurous experience.

Don’t be afraid to reward yourself after your workout! The Sheraton on the Falls is home to the world class restaurant, Windows by Jamie Kennedy, which features healthy choices using local ingredients in its seasonal menu offerings.

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