St. Catharines Museum 1812

Postcards from Niagara has visited a few historical sites on our adventures and it still amazes me that so many pivotal moments in Canadian history happened in our own backyard. I’ve brought you information about historical cemeteries, the Laura Secord Homestead, the McFarland House and even Fort George, so bringing you info on the new war exhibit entitled 1812 at the St. Catharines Museum is a no brainer!

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1812This exhibit will be running from April 6th to August 18th and is brought to you by the St. Catharines Musuem and the Welland Canals Centre. This road show is a version of an award winning exhibit found in the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa. You don’t have to travel to our country’s capital to find all of the historic information!

1812 features the perspective of four different groups who experienced the war: Canadians (including Canadian First Nations), Americans, British and Native Americans. This holistic approach to historical story telling provides the audience with a unique viewpoint to create their own thoughts and conclusions. Some of the people featured in the exhibit include: Major-General Sir Isaac Brock, Francis Scott Key (the writer of the American national anthem) and the Shawnee leader Tecumseh.

Admission is by donation, so pay what you feel that the experience is worth to you, but remember that learning experiences such as these do cost money to run and it is important for all Canadians to be educated on our past. To further educate yourself, visit some of the historical sites that I mentioned earlier, found all around the Niagara region. And finally, make sure you make a stop at the Niagara Falls History Museum!

Niagara Home & Garden Show

home and garden2Although Mother Nature hasn’t been making it feel very spring like in Niagara lately, I promise… it is on it’s way! What better way to put some spring in your step then by visiting the Home & Garden show?  This 3 day exhibition is taking place at the Scotiabank Convention Center from April 5th-7th. I wonder if my mom knows about this? I’ll have to let her know, this is righ up her alley!

The convention center will have a complete overhaul with tons of exhibits showing gardens & landscapes, outdoor living, kitchens & baths and other interior design displays. For only $8/adult, you can pay once and visit every day if you want to take in more tips, tricks and trends for your home! Speak with experts about home renovation, planting advice and pretty much anything home and garden related… this show will have something for you! 1275-backyard home and garden

This year, the celebrity speaker will be the cute Ahmed Hassan from DIY Network’s Yard Crasher’s. Ahmed will be speaking on the main stage four times throughout the weekend, Saturday at 1:00pm and 4:00pm and Sunday at 11:30am and 2:00pm. Along with Ahmed, there will be a Decking seminar from Hickory Dickory Decks, a lesson in Easy Entertaining, a Budget Bathroom Reno and Country Basket will put on a few seminars about various flower arrangements and spring planting.

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Don’t worry about trying to find a babysitter, there is an Interactive Kids Zone for the kids and a fun display of birds of prey from the Canadian Raptor Conservancy during the exhibit as well! Speaking of having a little more fun: there will be complimentary wine tasting and a great Art, Gift and Gourmet Center so that you can do some unique shopping too.

Niagara Sugar Bush Adventure

Go on a Sugar Bush Adventure at White Meadows Farm in St. Catharines from now until March 30th. Perfect for families looking for a fun filled day, the Sugar Bush Adventure is a self guided tour back in the bush with presentations, re-enactors, campfires and tons of information on the development of maple syrup production through the years.
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Venom at Butterfly Conservatory

VENOMNew to the Butterfly Conservatory from February 9th to May 12th, there will be an awesome Venom Exhibit. If you have never visited the Butterfly Conservatory before, it is a great little attraction in Niagara Falls. This self-guided walking tour starts with an informative video and allows you to walk through lush, tropical gardens. Within this beautiful gardens area, you will walk the path with 2000 tropical butterflies! Continue reading

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!

Annual Peach Celebration

On August 11, 2012 we encourage anyone interested in some small town country FUN to visit the beautiful historic town of Niagara on the Lake for the annual Peach Celebration. It is a great opportunity for a day of fun for the whole family. There are a wide variety of activities all day long that are sure to catch the eye of anyone participating. The Fife and Drum Procession will be there for everyone’s enjoyment. There is a wide variety of Live Music including Jazz, Celtic, and Honky-tonk. There are also bagpipers in attendance, which are sure to get the blood flowing for anyone of Scottish descent. Antique Steam Tractors will be present celebrating the history of farming, as well as a Classic Car display for the enjoyment of any car enthusiast.  Don’t forget to take a walk down the sidewalk sale, which is put on by the local merchants. And last but not least, who can forget about the staple event, the famous Peach Pie Baking Contest, which is sure to twist some taste buds. The event is taking place on Queen Street and Vincent de Paul Church. To whoever decides to participate in this local celebration, absolutely be sure to over indulge in the scrumptious peaches Niagara has to offer, and most of all, Have FUN!!!!!

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!!!

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!!!

Grape and Wine 2011

This year’s Grape and Wine Festival was nothing short of spectacular; with vineyards from all over the Niagara Region featuring their best red and white collections. Dozens of travellers and locals gathered together to test many different types of wines (from Ice Wine to Merlot to Chardonnay).But that’s not all, the live entertainment and the beautiful weather sure made this festival run smoothly.

But this Festival is not just for wine drinkers, this festival was able to provide a warm and safe place for children to play with its child friendly activities. Not to mention many venues featured jewellery, clothes, and toys.

Having spent the last 5 years going to Brock and living in the Niagara Region, it still amazes me how many people participate in this festival. So if you have never been to the festival or you are returning, enjoy it to its fullest because it only comes around once a year!