Get the best of both at the BEST WESTERN PLUS Cairn Croft Hotel

Best Western Plus Cairn Croft HotelWhen it comes to the winter season there is just one thing I love….staying warm. But how do you stay warm in below zero temperatures? How about going for a swim? I know what you are thinking…”are you crazy?”

In the courtyard of the Cairn Croft Hotel, you can enjoy swimming in the pool or relaxing in one of the two hot tubs available even on the coldest of days! Of course, this is made even better when you are surrounded by friends and enjoying one of the delicious cocktails and appetizers from the poolside bar. The Best Western Plus Cairn Croft is the perfect hotel for a weekend getaway in the winter. Complete with a tropical courtyard, wonderful dining choices and a top-notch bar, The Croft Lounge… this hotel has all you need under one roof. No need to venture out into the winter cold, sit back and enjoy a little piece of tropical paradise.

Sledding at Fireman’s Park

Looking for things to do in Niagara with the kids? Or maybe you are just looking for something to do with friends during the Winter season. Why not go sledding down at Fireman’s Park?

For years this has been a popular hang out for families and teens to go sledding. Make sure to watch out for all the trees around, it’s best to try and spot a straight line down the hill with no trees. This is more so a problem on the steeper hill, so be careful! Another thing to watch out for–that I found out the hard way–is any snow jumps that people create that you can’t really notice from the top. I really went flying when I hit that at the end!

Even though I am not the biggest fan of the cold, I did enjoy sledding and I still do. Who knows…maybe you might see me and my friends sledding down the hill this year. We will be the ones with the uncontrollable laughter and some form of hot beverage near by.

Niagara Ice Dogs

When your from a country like Canada hockey is a word you most often. And honestly, it is one of the most exhilarating games to watch. Whether it be the NHL with the Toronto Maple Leafs playing the Pittsburgh Penguins (“Go Sydney”) or watching a Junior A team like the Niagara Ice Dogs the game and atmosphere stay the same!

Have you ever seen the Ice Dogs in action? It is spectacular! I had a great time, especially when they played the Belleville Bulls. Having gone to Loyalist college before enrolling at Brock University, I had the pleasure of watching some of my good buddies (who play for the Belleville Bulls) play this game and take home many wins. Therefore the Bulls have a special place in my heart. But this Sunday is not about Belleville, it is about the Niagara Ice Dogs and the Kingston Frontenacs fighting over the puck and hopefully making some award winning shots.

You have to see them, but if you can’t make it down to Kingston there is a game on Friday night in St.Catharines where the Ice Dogs take on the Mississauga St. Michaels Majors. Another great time with a amazing line-up. Even if your not that into hockey I guarantee you would still have fun, enjoying the food, the drinks and the sounds of the crowd.

But maybe your looking for the world juniors. Last year the Cairn Croft Hotel tranformed their Oak Room into “Canada House” featuring cocktails such as Motts Caesers with their featured appetizers for spectators. Rumor has it they will be implementing this again. You do not want to miss out!

TD Rink at the Brink

With the Winter Festival of Lights in Niagara Falls comes “Rink at the Brink“, which is a time for children and adults of all ages to strap on their skates! This year TD Canada Trust is happy to provide Free Skate days.

Bring your family and friends and make a day out of it-  bundle up! Rink at the Brink skating will be offered all the way until February.. be sure to take advantage!!!

Candlelight Stroll in Niagara-on-the-Lake

With Christmas right around the corner, what a better way to get in the spirit then participating in the Candlelight Stroll in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Dozens of children and adults will gather in front of the Court House at 6:00pm and wait for the stroll to begin.

Queen Street is blocked off and the Mayor will give his opening welcome. The streets become filled with light from the candles as the flame from the first candle is passed onto the next and the next and so on.  It is a guided tour through historical Old Town, with carolers singing your favourite holiday songs.

This event has no admission fee, but they do ask that you bring a nonperishable food item with you for the local food bank. We would recommend this walk to anyone who wants to enjoy the fresh air and get into the Christmas spirit!

Authentic Italian Dinner in Niagara Falls at Napoli

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!

Daniel O’Donnell Concert

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!!



Winter Activities in the Niagara Region

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.

Candy Cane Lane Run

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!!!

Rick Hansen 25th Anniversary Relay

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!