There are those questions that a lot of our guests ask when they arrive at the Best Western Plus Cairn Croft Hotel. To save you from asking and to help you plan your trip before you even arrive, we’ve created a FAQ post.
If there are more questions that you’d like answered, leave a comment!
Is there a shuttle service to the falls?
Yes the WEGO runs daily starting in the morning to late evening. Passes are sold at the front desk. Passes are available for a 24 or 48 hour period.
Does the Adventure Pass from the Niagara Parks have to be used in one day?
No, it can be spread out over the time you are in Niagara Falls.
Do you require a passport to come into Canada?
Yes, you do require a passport to enter into Canada. It is always good to check with the Canada Border Services prior to your scheduled trip.
Can I pay cash for my reservation?
Yes, cash is an acceptable payment. If you are paying cash the room and tax must be paid at check in. You will also require a $150 incidental deposit per night. This deposit is completely refundable at check out, providing there are no damages to the room and there was no services charged to your account.
If I pay by credit card for my reservation how much does the hotel hold?
The hotel would hold the total amount for room and tax as well as an additional $75 per day. When checking out the total of your bill will be charged to the credit card and the remainder will be released. The release of any extra funds holding is released within 3-5 business days from the time of check-out.
Is US Currency acceptable to use?
Us Currency is acceptable. The currency exchange does fluctuate. You are better to exchange your money at a financial institution and use Canadian currency.
What is the weather like in Niagara Falls?
The warmest months are June-September. Average 75⁰F-90⁰F
The coldest months are November-March. Average 21⁰F-39⁰F
How deep is your pool?
4 ½ feet deep at its deepest point.
Does your restaurant cater to dietary restrictions?
Yes, we do offer a selection of Gluten Free items. We are also very accommodating in all requests and try to ensure that all guest’ needs are met.
Let us know if you think we’ve missed anything, with a comment below. We will be happy to answer any and all questions you have!
Canal Days in Port Colborne is a festival to celebrate the marine heritage and the connection with the seafaring world. As this celebration moves into its fourth decade, there is no surprise why this weekend of fun has become so popular, with more than 300,000 people visiting over the four days.
There are so many different events and activities going on throughout Downtown Port Colborne, from August 2nd to August 5th, that it’s difficult to choose which to check out. On Princess Street, there will be Midway Rides and Games, starting at 10:00am, daily. The children always love taking a ride on the dragon or trying to win a huge bouncy ball at one of the games. To continue with what children love, there will be a Children’s Area at Seaway Park. From 11am-6pm, the kids can enjoy Balloon Animals, free face painting and bouncy castles. I always loved having flowers painted on my face when I was a kid.
If craft shows are your style, make sure you check out the Vale Health and Wellness Centre on Elizabeth Street. Show casing more than 60 vendors and supporting the Optimist Club, it’s a great way to buy some unique gifts and help a good cause.
Lots of action at HH Knoll Park during the festival! Throughout the day on Saturday, wander down to see the Niagara Windriders Kiteflyers Association demonstrate their moves up in the sky, with a night show, complete with lit up kites. And on Sunday, head down for the Car Show! If you want to participate, show up early with your beautiful ride.
If you want to listen to live music, Canal Days has you covered on Market Stag (just follow the music). Friday night: Tea Party, Bleeker Ridge and Time Giant. Saturday night: Myles Goodwyn & April Wine, Downchild Blues Band, and Rich and the Poor Boys.
Of course, a Canal Days festival wouldn’t be complete without a walk down the harbor to check out all the ships. There will be a Boat Parade of Lights on Sunday night, followed by a fireworks show that will really help to celebrate! For the full list of events, make sure you check out their website so you can plan your festival.
I have a weakness for good pizza and wings. Although the original Buffalo chicken wing is said to be made at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York, I think that Casa D’Pizza has found something that comes arguably close.
Located in the Canadian Tire plaza on Montrose Road, Casa D’Pizza is a small, welcoming and busy place. I have been going to this place for a number of years and the service is always great and the food is always delicious. My typical order is a pizza with spicy pepperoni, bacon and green olives with a pound (or two) of medium chicken wings. You can decide to go “traditional” chicken wing or breaded and although I don’t like straying too far from tradition, the breaded chicken wings give the traditional a run for their money. You can decide which you prefer. The pizza and wings is why I started going, but I have found that the rest of the menu is just as amazing; French onion soup, beef on a bun, jalapeno poppers and deep fried pickles.
For the summer, there is a small patio off the side of the bar, where you can enjoy the sun and some beers. Of course, the view is nothing to write home about, as you are looking at the Canadian Tire parking lot, but the food more than makes up for it. Next time you are looking for a delicious take-out meal or a good place to enjoy a wing or two, give Casa D’Pizza a try. I know you won’t be disappointed. Give them a call tonight! 905-356-0217
Who knew that you could see lions, tigers and… The Trews at the zoo, oh my! Well at Niagara Safari you can! The great concert series line up this summer will keep you rocking after the sun goes down;
July 13th: Trews & Finger 11
July 26th: Colin James
August 9th: Sheepdogs and 54-40
August 24th: Great Big Sea
You can buy tickets online, in person at Safari Niagara or over the phone 1-866-943-8849. There is concession service at each concert and a beer tent too. Everything you would possibly need. A quick drive out to Stevensville and this could be yours. What better way to spend your warm summer nights then surrounded by friends, listening to some great music? Decide which band you want to see and book your tickets now, while they still last.
Niagara Falls is the place to be for your Canada Day celebrations! Not only does Niagara Falls have the world famous firework display to ring in Canada’s birthday, but lots of fun is planned throughout the city during the day as well.
There will be a Canada Day parade, along Victoria to Queen Street, starting at 11:00am. The main stage, at city hall will have opening ceremonies with performances from Elton Lammie, Senior Star and Pop Sensation, which are playing at the Greg Frewin Theatre throughout the summer. Birthday Cake will be served at noon, but only while quantities last, so make sure you get there early!
Not only can you celebrate Canada Day but you can also celebrate the Niagara Falls community with demonstrations by Club Italia, Happy Feet Dance and many more. This is happening at the corner of Queen & St. Clair. All along Queen Street, you will also be able to enjoy our local delicious food vendors. Lots happening downtown!
Once you’ve had all the fun you can have on Queen Street, make your way down to Queen Victoria Park to watch the firework show and show your Canadian pride!
The Bird Kingdom is celebrating its 10th anniversary and has won a Trip Advisor Award of Excellence! We have visited the Bird Kingdom before and the award is definitely well deserved. Lots of birds, cool reptiles and other creepy crawlers too.
To celebrate the 10th anniversary, the Bird Kingdom will be thanking its guests with free children’s admission all day on Sunday, June 23rd and adults tickets only $10. If you haven’t been before, this is a great opportunity to check it out and if you’ve been there before, it’s a great opportunity to go back and relive all the fun!
You’ll be celebrating alongside all of the birds and creatures while you partake in scavenger hunts with prizes and get your face painted. Don’t forget to stop by the snack bar for when you want to take a little break from the excitement.
Make sure you say hi to my old friend the Iguana. Happy Anniversary Bird Kingdom!
Can you think of a better way to kick off summer then with a festival dedicated to celebrating wine? Me either! The Niagara New Vintage Festival is not something to be missed; with wine and food and great live entertainment, it’s going to be a great weekend!
To get the festival started, Sam Roberts Band will be playing at Jackson-Triggs amphitheatre. If you are lucky enough to have tickets to this sold out show, this band will definitely put you in the summer vibe. The next night, Jackson-Triggs will be hosting another huge name!
The Discovery Pass is what you are looking for if you want to experience 8 different wineries. The pass can be used over two weekends, June 15-16 and 22- 23, and each winery will have their own take on showcasing their wines. Cattail Creek Estate Winery will be doing a Riesling and Rueben, showing off not only their delicious Riesling wine but also a delicious Rueben sandwich among their picnic tables. Chateau des Charmes will be presenting Sparkling Deconstructed, serving up 4 wines to compare, 2 of their stills and 2 of their sparking. At Diamond Estates Winery, along with a wine tasting, you will also be able to take the Cellar Floor Experience, which will teach you about their entire wine making process. And these are only 3 examples of the great experiences you can have!
If you are down by the Falls tomorrow night, May 29th, at 6:00… look up! The Canadian Snowbirds will be putting on a 25 minute air show over Niagara Falls. Starting in 1971 and becoming a permanent unit in 1977, known as the Canadian Forces Air Demonstration Team, the Snowbirds have performed hundreds of shows across Canada, The United States and Mexico. This fly season, from May to October, the Snowbirds will perform over 50 shows.
Before you begin reading, I must warn you: this article is slightly self serving but I know everyone can relate. This Friday is my birthday! As it approached I began thinking about birthdays in general. I have come to some conclusions, that I would like to share.
There are three types of birthday people. Which one are you?
1) The Birthday Proclaimer: this person has no problem telling you that it’s their birthday. There, of course, are various levels of this person. The one, like me, who will tell you that it’s their birthday with a big grin on their face and are looking for a little sentiment for being born this day x amount of years ago. And then there is the ultimate Birthday Proclaimer who will wear a birthday pin all day and may also have a ‘Happy Birthday’ helium balloon attached to them to follow them around.
2) The Birthday Protestor: this person wants nothing to do with their birthday. They won’t have it posted on their Facebook, they won’t mention the date of their birthday and they definitely won’t tell anyone that it’s their birthday the day of! They don’t want to have a celebration, they don’t want you to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ and they really don’t want the homemade birthday card I spent an hour making (oops).
3) The Birthday Down-Player: this person will not come out and tell you that it’s their birthday but if you realize and wish them a ‘Happy Birthday’ they will be happy. They may have a small celebration with their friends but they don’t want a big shin-dig, they don’t want the office to bring them a cake and candles but a card will be appreciated.
With the advent of Facebook and Twitter and all other things social media, Birthday wishes have changed. After some further thought, I realized that there is not only 3 types of birthday people but various types of birthday wishers on social media:
- The Once-A-Year: one Facebook message/year that says ‘happy birthday.’ There may be a smiley face included.
- The Friend That Should Have Called. Pretty self explanatory.
- The Who-the-Heck-Is-This: this person leaves a lovely message but you have no idea who they are. You want to say thank-you but you aren’t sure if you are being a jerk because you can’t remember them or if they are completely random and maybe a little creepy.
- The Genuine Facebook Post: this person took the time to write a lovely message to you, upload a funny photo from your past or find the perfect image on Google to make you laugh on your birthday and make you feel special.
Now that I have summed up Birthday People and Birthday Wishers, there is only one thing left for me to do: go and celebrate my birthday! Cheers!
In Canada, Victoria Day started in 1845 to celebrate Queen Victoria’s birthday on May 24th, as the mother of Confederation. The Canadian government marked that the Monday before May 25th would be the day every year that Canadians would honour Queen Victoria’s Birthday, as well as celebrate the reigning sovereign’s birthday as well.
To most Canadians however, Victoria Day means shaking off the spring time showers of April and kicking off the summer season! Niagara Falls is the perfect place to celebrate Victoria Day with lots of exciting attractions and great outdoor activities, not to mention the famous firework display over the Falls!
There are some different ways to celebrate the long weekend here in Niagara Falls. For a more action packed long weekend, why not try your luck at the Casino and then walk down Clifton Hill and ride on the SkyWheel for a perfect view of the Falls. Be prepared to wait in some lines and have it a little crowded; this option seems to be a visitor favourite.
Or if you are looking for a different way to celebrate your long weekend, a hike through the Niagara Gorge would be a great nice weather activity or a walk along the Niagara parkway. Of course, after that you would need to wet your whistle with some patio drinks along Lundy’s Lane at the Croft Lounge at The Best Western Plus Cairn Croft!
This year, the GO train will be running from Toronto to Niagara throughout the whole Victoria Day weekend! Plan your visit with the train schedule and avoid the traffic that usually follows the holidays.