It’s Earth Day Niagara Falls!

Earth-Day3Happy Earth Day Niagara Falls! Every year on April 22nd, over 170 countries celebrate Earth Day with various activities to promote greener living and help educate on proper environmental safety practices. Starting in 1970, Earth Day began as an environmental awareness event lead by Wisconsin Governor Gaylord Nelson and a Harvard University student, Denis Hayes. Since then, this event has grown into a whole day and even a whole week worth of events to better the environment we live in.

earthdayniagaraEvents take place in almost every community across Canada: rain barrel sales, tree planting, clean-ups, corporate information sessions and school activities for every child in Canada, just to name a few. If you want to be a part of an Earth Day activity in your community, check out the events listings and for the Niagara Region, Earth Day events are happening all week. On top of the designated Earth Day events, this is a great time to get out and enjoy the outdoors… to truly appreciate the beauty of our Earth. Perhaps a hike along the Niagara Gorge is in order?

Here at Best Western Plus Cairn Croft, we do our best to make sure that we are leaving a smaller carbon footprint on the Earth than we have in the past. We have recently introduced Green Energy to our hotel and encourage all guests to be green during their stay!gogreen


Niagara Falls Comic Con 2013

comic6This year, Niagara Falls Comic Con has brought in some pretty impressive guests! Turning 50,000 square feet of the Scotiabank Convention Center into a comic and pop culture hub, Comic Con will not disappoint. Happening June 8th and 9th, with a weekend pass only costing $30 and I think you’ll need the whole weekend to experience everything that will be there this year!

Comic book vendors, artists, celebrities and attractions will fill your day. Some of the renowned comic book artists include Marc Silvestri, Colleen Doran and George Perez. The 1966 Batmobile will be on display, a gaming area will be there to try a variety of different video games and a Cosplay Costume Contest will be held on Saturday for Best Male, Best Female, Best Boy, Best Girl and Overall.

And the impressive list of celebrity guests include: Adam West (1960s Batman), Corey Feldman, Lou Ferrigno (The Hulk), Sam J. Jones (Flash Gordon), David Prowse (Darth Vader) and Larry Thomas (The Soup Nazi).
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If you are coming from out of town, The Best Western Plus Cairn Croft has great packages available to make sure you are taken care of during your Comic Con weekend! Take the WEGO Shuttle from our hotel and walk a quick 10 minutes to the Scotiabank convention center.

 

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!

Green Niagara Falls on St. Patrick’s Day

Niagra-Falls-Green-528x347This year, Niagara Falls will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day along side more than 20 other cities who will be turning various iconic landmarks green! Tourism Ireland has announced that landmarks such as Niagara Falls, London Eye, Empire State Building and Burj Al Arab hotel will all be turning green.

Tourism Ireland hopes to bring a smile to the world and help promote travel to Ireland, specifically in 2013 when The Gathering will be in full swing. A full year of events and festivals will hopefully help to draw people to Ireland.

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As the only Canadian destination  going green, Niagara Falls is sure to be a spectacle on St. Patty’s day. Locals, visitors and now even the landmarks will be dressed from head to toe in green in honour of Ireland’s patron saint.  Stop on by The Croft Lounge for a pint or two!

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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Little Log Chapel

Of course, Niagara Falls has always been thought of as The Honeymoon Capital, so where better to find a romantic, cozy little log chapel to get married in? Elope Niagara offers just that. This private chapel with secluded, serene surrounding outside of Niagara Falls in Stevensville is the perfect place to have an intimate ceremony, holding 2-10 people. Elope Niagara offers packages to help make your ceremony as special as you’d always dreamed it would be; great photography, adorable cupcakes and limo. Continue reading

Niagara Falls Komedy for Kidneys Benefit Show

Rodney_Pentland_Memorial-LogoNiagara Falls Comedy Fest is holding the 5th Annual Rodney Pentland Komedy for Kidneys Benefit Show on March 7th at the Greg Frewin Theatre.  In memory of Rodney Pentland, a comedian raised here in Niagara Falls, this show benefits the construction of the Dialysis Centre in Niagara Falls.  The full line up is not finalized but the performers confirmed so far include: Johnny Gardhouse, Paul Haywood and Mark Matthews. You can check the performers out on YouTube.. audience discretion. Continue reading

Valentine’s Day in Niagara Falls

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Niagara Falls.. the honey moon capital of the world! Valentine’s Day can be a stressful time, trying to plan the perfect day for your loved one. In Niagara Falls, there is a ton of different ways for you to celebrate this special day… no matter what your budget is. Continue reading

Going Green at The Cairn Croft

Worried about your carbon footprint? Are you taking steps to a greener life? Best Western Plus Cairn Croft Hotel has been and is proud to tell you about it! Since the end of November, the hotel has been taking steps to make sure that their carbon footprint is smaller. Through the partnership with Planet Energy, the Cairn Croft is one of the first hotel’s to operate on 100% clean, green renewable power. Along with this power switch, investing in energy efficient and emission-reducing initiatives will help the hotel achieve their eco-friendly goals. Continue reading

Niagara Icewine Festival? Yes please!

Icewine FestivalNow I’m not sure if growing up in Niagara Falls had anything to do with my love of wine but I know one thing.. icewine is the nectar from the gods! And luckily.. there is a full festival celebrating Niagara’s expertise in this category! If you have never tried icewine , you need to. Plain and simple. Then you’ll understand. Continue reading