Winter Festival of Lights Opening Ceremonies

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! 

 

Fort George Ghost Tours

Looking for things to do in Niagara Falls? Why not try a haunted ghost tour? I know what you are thinking…”there’s no such thing!” And maybe you don’t think so, but the Fort George Ghost Tours are all about telling the real stories of people’s experiences with spirits. This guided walking tour will take you through dimly lit Old Fort George (the most haunted place in Canada)!

The Tour guides tell many stories of people who have come in contact with ghosts and spirits. The tour runs for 1.5 hours is very fun and spooky, even if we were a bit skeptical. We definitely feel that everyone should try it out; it is something different to do in the Niagara region.

 

Niagara Falls International Marathon

As a graduate from A.N. Myer Secondary School in Niagara Falls, I was always a part of The Niagara Falls Marathon, as each school was given a stretch of the race and put in charge of cheering the runners on and providing them with water. This day was always so much fun, decked out in our school’s colours, purple and white! We got to see all the runners, joggers and walkers go by and bring a smile to their tired faces with our cheering and songs.

This year, on October 23rd, over 5000 participants will take on the marathon, half marathon, 10k or 5k! There is a line up of awesome speakers who are legends of the marathon word; Kathrine Switzer, Roger Robinson, John Stanton and Dane Rauschenberg. The primary charity this year will be the Walker Family Cancer Center so make sure to pledge anyone you know participating or donate directly to the marathon. It’s a great cause and a great day full of fun and exercise!

 

Pumpkin Festival at Heartland Forest

October is one of the best times of the year; especially on Halloween. And a great way to get into the Halloween spirit is travelling to Heartland Forest for Pumpkin Festival. Beginning today the 17th and running Monday-Friday for two weeks, children of all ages will be sure to get into spirit.

Everyone is welcome to join in the fun and enjoy such activities like guided nature tours and pumpkin carving for $3.00. So come out and enjoy all that Heartland has to offer!

Pumpkinville at Happy Rolph’s

What is better than dressing up and going trick or treating? Pumpkinville at Happy Rolph’s! Aside from being able to dress up in your Halloween costume, Happy Rolph’s offers children of all ages to take part in all Pumpkinville festivities. And the best part is that admission is FREE, which is rather rate in the Niagara Region!

Some of the many activities that children and parents can take a part in are: scarecrow building contests, pumpkin carving contests, music, crafts, and face painting. Festivities run until 3:00pm on the 15th of October. You’ll definitely want to check it out, whether you are a local or staying at one of the many Niagara Falls hotels!

Balls Falls Thanksgiving Festival

Set within the Twenty Valley watershed, Balls Falls is a spectacular place to go with family or friends, especially because of its scenic beauty. Since Hayley and I love the outdoors, we thought that we would check it out.

Upon entering, you pay a small fee to help preserve this beautiful site. As we started to walk throughout the grounds, we were able to feast our eyes on one of the many Niagara Falls waterfalls. It was beautiful! We decided to take a closer look and climb down to see it. (If you are going to take a closer look at this waterfall, make sure that you are wearing appropriate shoes and that you are not alone)

But this was not all that you can take in. Balls Falls is celebrating their 37th Annual Balls Falls Thanksgiving Festival, on October 7th, which is complete with live entertainment, children’s attractions, heritage activities and tours. Balls Falls is an attraction you must check out, you will not be disappointed!

Harvest Festival at Fireman’s Park

The Stamford Centre Volunteer Firemen’s Association are hosting their 2nd annual Harvest Festival at Firemen’s Park tomorrow in Niagara Falls until Sunday. Last year the event was a big success, being its first year.. and it’s just going to get better.

Perfect for a family outing, the festival has hay rides and corn mazes for the kids, as well as different vendors and demonstrations. The food is provided by the SCVFA and there are delicious BBQ hamburgers and hot dogs, as well as hot cider to warm you up on that autumn day.  Fireman’s Park offers the perfect setting for this festival, with the foliage all in the warm reds, yellows and oranges that we all think of for the fall.

Bird Kingdom

A trip to the Bird Kingdom was something fun and different. There was a reptile viewing room, complete with live iguana chillin’ on the floor; a small bird sanctuary left Amber ducking her head for the rest of the day as they sore in front of you, above you and around you; the creepy nocturnal area complete with bats, owls and the biggest spiders ever; and the main aviary with birds that look like they could be from a story book!

It was cool to see all the different types of exotic birds and hilarious to watch as little children were less freaked out by birds following them than Amber and I. You can make the tour last as long as you want it to. Amber and I were in there for just under an hour and were able to see everything! You can take your time and read every detail about every creature and I’m sure it would take much longer.

The Bird Kingdom is a unique tourist attraction in the Falls and something that I think would be really good to check!

Try your luck at Fallsview Casino

fallsview-casinoTry your luck at the Fallsview Casino. This full service Casino features both table games and slots for everyone to enjoy, as well as offers dinner choices, world-class drinks, and entertainment.

Whether you like the black-jack table or the penny slots, everyone is accommodated for. And with entertainment from such names like Reba McEntire and Dana Carvey you are sure to have a good time, not to mention win a jack-pot!
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Hayley and I had the pleasure of enjoying the slots when we went to the Fallsview Casino. There were so many to choose from. Even though we were not able to take part in such tables like roulette or poker, we had fun! Hayley and I felt very lucky.. and though we might not have won the jack-pot we were rooting for, we were able to come out of the casino the same way we came in (by not losing any of the money we spent!).

But if you’re not into big crowds and just want to play some poker. Check out the Croft Lounge. Every Tuesday night is Poker night, you just have to register at http://www.worldpokertour.com/ by 6:00pm.

Coyote Run Winery

Two free samples of wine and a pleasant host. That’s what Amber and I got when we went to see Coyote’s Run Estate Winery. Coupons from their website allow you to sample two different types of wine. I think they do this because they know that once you try it, you’re gonna buy it. I did!

What sets this winery apart from the many different wineries in Niagara Falls is the two very distinct soil types they have on their property: red clay and black clay. We were told that the black clay produces wine that is rich and earthly, the red clay is much fruitier. I have recently became interested in wine in the last year or so and I still was able to tell a difference in the Pinot Noir grown in the two different types of soil. I enjoyed the black clay better, which of course ended up being the more expensive one. (That’s always the way, isn’t it?) Amber tried both a red (2008 Syrah) and a white (2009 Pinot Blanc), and enjoyed both of them!

I think that this winery should be a definite stop on your next tour of Niagara’s wine region! Even if you’re a local, why not plan a weekend getaway with a built in wine tour? Check out the Liquid Lunch package!