Winter Festival of Lights 2012

It is hard to believe that the Winter Festival of Lights is already upon us! The hard working Winter Festival of Lights staff have been working throughout the year to make sure that this year’s lights and events are just as special as you remember them to be!

If you can’t get out right away to see the lights, don’t worry! The displays will be there to enjoy until January 3rd and there will be various events and concerts throughout that time. The 6 km of over 3 million sparkling lights have become a staple for Niagara Falls in the winter. Last year Canoe.ca voted it one of the top 10 Canada’s best winter festivals and Frommer’s voted Niagara Falls as one of the top 10 decorated cities!

Halloween in Niagara

This post is simply because I am super excited about Halloween coming up… like always! I know that every little kid is excited about Halloween, dressing up and getting candy but usually people stop thinking it’s cool and put less effort into their costumes; not me!

My mom was always getting creative with our costumes when we were younger from Pippy Long Stocking to Wednesday Adams to a Bubble Bee… all of them home made. So I kept this tradition going, refusing to ever wear a store bought costume. Some of my own costume creations include: Lumber Jill, Mechanic, Pirate, Robin and last year’s post Siracha Hot Sauce. This year I believe I am going to try and create one of my favourite characters from my favourite book series… but you will just have to wait and see!

Niagara Falls International Marathon

It’s back! One of the largest events in the area, the Niagara Falls International Marathon is happening this year October 21st. This marathon is one of the only marathons in the world that start in one country and finish in another; start line in Buffalo, NY and finish in Niagara Falls, ON. The marathon originally started in 1974 and was relaunched in 1996, going strong now for the last 16 years. There are a variety of race options: 5k, 10k, half marathon, full marathon and marathon relay. There are also ‘Pace Bunnies’ available for the half and full marathon to help keep the runners on track while they race along the parkway.

 Of course, after a good run, everyone deserves a goody bag. The bags this year will include a technical t-shirt and various products donated by such sponsors as: LaKota, ColdFx, Italpasta, Udderly Smooth and Blue Diamond.

The day before the marathon, the Running Room is sponsoring a Breakfast Fun Run. Starting at 8:30 am sharp, the run will meet outside the Oakes Garden Theatre, where you can warm up your muscles for the big day and meet some fellow runners. Breakfast will be served at Planet Hollywood afterwards.

The Niagara Falls International Marathon is always a wonderful event in the Falls. Whether you want to register yourself, cheer on a friend or just check out the marathon, the day is always filled with excitement as each runner crosses the finish line! Runners from all over the Niagara region and beyond will partake in the race and hopefully be able to unwind at a hotel and enjoy other Niagara activities while they are here! Good luck!

Heartland Forest in Autumn

We have visited Heartland Forest in the summer and from our post you know how cute we thought it was! Well the fun at Heartland Forest doesn’t have to stop at the end of summer. The wonderful staff at Heartland keep running different events throughout the fall season!

There is a Pumpkin Fest happening October 20th from 11-4pm which is perfect for your little ones. Help get everyone in the fall spirit with picking out and decorating some pumpkins to take home and spruce up your front porch. And to add a little fright to your life, why not try one of their Haunted Forest Walks. The night of the Pumpkin Fest, the first walk is at 6:30pm and the event runs until 9:30. But if you can’t make it out that night there will be Haunted Forest walks on October 26th, 27th and 28th.

Heartland Forest is a wonderful location which is barrier free and welcomes everyone! It is focused on the preservation of the Carolinian forest that the property holds and making it accessible to all types of needs. Donations are not mandatory but it helps to keep the facility and events running for all of the community to enjoy.

Drummond Hill Cemetery Tour

This walking tour through the cemetery is unlike any walking tour you have ever heard of before. This tour of Drummond Hill Cemetery is complete with theatrical performances throughout that show you a glimpse into the lives of some of the permanent residents of the cemetery. It is a fun way to learn about our city’s history and maybe get a little spooked out too! There are refreshments at the end of the tour as well. If this sounds like something that is right up your alley, the tour departs at the cemetery gates on Buchner Place, off of Drummond at 7pm, 8pm and 9pm. Tickets are $12/person and must be purchased in advance, call 905-358-5082. Tours are offered this month on weekends!

Ball’s Falls Thanksgiving Festival

From Friday October 5th until 8th you can visit over 125 selected vendors at Ball’s Falls Thanksgiving Festival. You will find pottery, paintings, hand crafted jewellery, gardening tips and tools as well as one of my personal favourites the birds of prey demonstration.

This festival is going on its 38th year and has always been an autumn favourite! With the cooler breeze blowing in, everyone bundles in their sweaters and heads out to the beautiful Ball’s Falls for the day. It is a wonderful trip for the family or a perfect way to spend the day with your sweet heart. Admission is $6/person or free for kids under 14!