When you go to a new city, you often wander around and wonder what it’s all about. The answer to these questions can usually be found with a walking tour! Luckily, in Niagara on the Lake, there is a walking tour available every weekend October through April. When I travelled to Europe in the summer I found that the walking tours gave me a new appreciation for each city that I was in because not only was I able to take in the beauty, I understood more about what the city truly meant. I think it’s wonderful that Niagara on the Lake offers this to tourists and even locals. Niagara on the Lake is home to so many fun festivals, beautiful wineries, delishious restaurants and of course packed full of history!
This 90 minute tour will take you through more than 20 historic, beautiful sites of Niagara on the Lake with the tour guides explaining the significance of each of them every step of the way. The tours start at 10:30am and tickets are available at a cost of $20 for adults, $10 children and can either be purchased online or at The Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau (26 Queen Street). Just across the street is the meeting place at Corks Wine Bar & Eatery!
The Hockey Nigh in Canada’s Play On! National Championship is coming to Niagara Falls from September 27th-29th! Niagara Falls will be hosting over 100 teams, 76 men’s and 38 women’s from all across Canada who will be playing for the Redwood Cup. Each of these teams qualified top of the ranks in 1 of the 19 tournament held throughout the country in May and June.
The 4 on 4 street hockey tournament will take place on a fully closed Victoria Avenue and it promises to be an exciting event FREE to all spectators! CBC will be broadcasting from Niagara Falls on Sports Day (September 29th) with a celebrity game in the mix as well.
Of course we all know that Niagara is known for the amazing wine that comes from this region and what better way to celebrate that than with a Niagara Wine Festival! From September 21st-30th, the Niagara region will be filled with different events and activities, with the main hub of the celebrations in Montebello Park in St. Catharines.
There are Pre-Festival Events such as the Grape Growers of Ontario Celebrity Luncheon with Steve Smith, a.k.a. Red Green as special guest, as well as a Grape King Installation. Throughout the festival, Montebello Park will have FREE admission and FREE parking evenings and weekends. The festival will be token based, with tokens for sale in the park to purchase different local cuisine samplers and winery favourites by the glass or bottle.
You will not be left needing more entertainment either. The festival has a jam packed schedule of local bands: Platinum Blonde, The Bends, Up Yer Kilt, Tell Tommy, Glory Days (Springsteen tribute band), Blue Radio (Blue Rodeo tribute band), The Caverners (who have played at The Croft Lounge before), Street Pharmacy and 351 Cleveland (who won the Best Bar Band in 2011 from Niagara Music Awards).
And who doesn’t like a parade? Well this festival has two! The Pied Piper Parade will take place Saturday September 22nd at 11am with all the children’s favourite story book characters in attendance. The 61st Annual CIBC Grande Parade will take place Saturday September 29th at 11am complete with marching bands, drums corps, community groups and performers!
The Niagara Food Festival, sponsored by Niagara College, has been voted one of Ontario’s Top 100 Festivals and it is not one to miss! Running from September 7th-9th, Niagara Food Festival will be hosting These Kids Wear Crowns at Niagara College campus downtown Welland on Friday night, along with a local band Street Pharmacy. On Saturday the venue switches it up and offers something for all ages to enjoy, the Rolling Stones tribute band Hot Rocks.
There will be a ton of delicious food and drink vendors; Above And Beyond Cup Cakes, Beaver Tails, Crystal beach Candy Co., Grouchy’s Original BBQ, M.T. Bellies and The Smokin’ Buddha just to name a few. A great time and great food is sure to be had this weekend in Niagara!