An authentic Italian dinner right in Niagara Falls can be found in this wonderful restaurant down the road from BEST WESTERN PLUS Cairn Croft Hotel on Ferry St, called Napoli. Napoli offers a quiet, delightful, delicious dining experience as I found out when I went with my family. With old family recipes and homemade ingredients, no matter what you choose on the menu, you will not be disappointed.
I am a sucker for a good pizza. My choice? The Italiana. With mozzarella, goat cheese, roasted red peppers, tomatoes and arugula, this pizza took me back to my family vacation around Italy, for a reasonable price (pizza’s range from $8.50 to $19). Sipping on a glass of Chianti and enjoying his Vitello di Parmigiano (veal parmesan) my dad said to me “we have to go back to Italy.” Thank-you Napoli!
There are many things to do in Niagara during the winter; for locals they tend to know where to go and what to take part it, but they have been doing this for years. For all you travellers out there Hayley and I have some advice for you, which is check out the Niagara Concerts.
Daniel O’Donnell will be returning to Niagara Falls during the Winter Festival of Lights for a concert at the Scotiabank Convention Centre. He is a man that earned his popularity through special appearances on PBS and through his extensive musical career. The Convention Centre will sure be packed full of people with Daniel on stage. It is something to check out, especially since it has been rumoured to be a ‘very special Christmas concert.’ So book your tickets! Hayley and I will be there and we’re hoping you’ll be there too!!
Niagara is filled with wonderful wineries and historical landmarks, as well as fun festivals and holiday events. Winter is filled with activities from Winter Festival of Lights to our very own Santa Clause parade. There are many different types of activities that travellers and visitors can enjoy day-to-day; all around the Niagara region, from Port Dalhousie to Fort Erie. Stay up to date by checking Postcards from Niagara and following us on facebook page! We will fill you in on many things, from taking a candlelit stroll, to ice skating, to enjoying an Ice Dogs game and finding out about the best place to sled! But nothing compares to the natural beauty which is Niagara Falls. The mist covers the trees in an icy blanket that sparkles with the street lamps and Christmas lights. Niagara Falls is known as one of the Natural Wonders of the World, come see why.
The 7th Annual Candy Cane Lane Run that took place on November 20 was a complete success. Having been used as a way to promote both indoor/outdoor physical activity and healthy lifestyles, it was also able to raise food and cash donations for the Project S.H.A.R.E Christmas Basket Program.
Runners from across the Niagara Region, surrounding regions, and Western New Yorkers took part in this amazing 5km run; starting and ending at the BEST WESTERN PLUS Cairn Croft Hotel. Not only did the participants get to enjoy the day with their family and friends, it was also an opportunity to give back to Project S.H.A.R.E. Whether you were competing for fun or competing for the prize, everyone in my mind was a winner.
I hope you all enjoyed yourself, and if you were not able to make it maybe you might make it out next year!!!
The Niagara Falls Santa Claus Parade is a winter tradition. Families line the streets as the floats go by, along Victoria Ave, and down Queen Street. It seems that everyone participates in the city’s parade whether it’s in the parade like local business’, schools, city hall officials and of course Santa, or by sponsoring the parade.
Each year in high school, we would decorate a parade float in our A.N. Myer purple and white Christmas decorations and try to be the most energetic school there. It was great to wave from the float and watch as big smiles grew across kid’s faces as we handed out candy canes.
Armed with hot chocolate and warm winter clothes, this parade is something that every family should attend around the holidays. Whether you are local or not, memories will be made as everyone sings carols and awaits the all import Santa Claus float. Don’t miss out Saturday, November 19th.
This year marks the 25th Anniversary of the Rick Hansen Relay. Rick Hansen is a man who wheeled across Canada from Cape Spear, NL to Vancouver, BC. Suffering from a spinal cord injury at a young age, Rick was unable to enjoy some of the things that we take advantage everyday. But with this courage and drive to never give up Rick finished his Man in Motion World Tour. And this year 7,000 people will follow in his journey.
Be the next person to take part in this amazing relay, you’ll learn about yourself and make an impact on others you never thought you would!
November 11th, Remembrance Day, is an important date for all Canadians. This one day of the year, we all come together to remember those who have given their lives for our country. In the Niagara Region there are various Remembrance Day services that you can attend. Wear your poppy to remember not only those who have given their lives but also for the loved ones of people who fought and for appreciating all that we have in Canada.
Who knew that the best won ton soup that you will ever have lies just inside a donut shop? My friends and I discovered Country Fresh Donuts on Victoria Ave late one night in high school and we have been going back ever since.
This little coffee shop is owned by a lovely Chinese family, Mary, the mother, is often found behind the counter. The location may not be the best, there are only a few tables lining the window and the décor is less than impressive but none of that matters the moment you taste the soup. You can choose from hot and sour (with or without pork) and won ton soup. I’m a won ton girl. This homemade soup has huge won tons and big chunks of pork all surrounded by an amazing won ton broth. Have it there or take it to go, it’s equally delicious either way. Mary will bring a bowl of chow mien noodles out with your soup to munch on separately or add to the soup. And if you wanna kick things up a notch? You must try the Sriracha hot sauce. WARNING! Add small amounts at first to be sure you don’t make it too hot. It’s serious stuff.
All of this deliciousness can be yours for $2.75 for a small and $4.19 for a large. I’m not joking when I say this is the best… BEST wonton soup I have ever had. Oh and there are donuts and coffee available but that’s not important. This is Niagara’s hidden gem, make sure you try it when you visit Niagara!
For anyone who has never been given the opportunity to visit Niagara Falls in the winter season you must check out the Winter Festival of Lights beginning on November 5. The CAA Winter Festival of Lights turns the Falls into a beautiful winter wonderland complete with entertainment and fun. Some of the entertainment features include “TD Rink and the Brink,” a Christmas Concert series with Daniel O’Donnell, and beautiful fireworks displays.
The opening ceremonies is definately one of the most exciting Niagara Falls attractions. Be sure to check out the Winter Magic Passes, they are a great way to spend time with your family in Niagara. So come out and enjoy all that Niagara has to offer!