Category: Canada

Niagara Falls, Ontario

A- Overview:
The majestic rumble of the falls can be heard from miles away, but the sight itself never fails to cause the viewer to pause and gaze in wonder at the 600,000 gallon per second mass of hissing, frothing water crashing over a 170 foot cliff amid huge clouds of spray and mist.

The Canadian Falls, is also called the Horseshoe Falls (because of its shape). A small body of land known as Goat Island divides the river into two channels. On one side is the Canadian Horseshoe Falls, and on the far side across the border is the smaller, American Falls. On sunny days rainbows rise just above the mists.

The Rainbow Bridge, the Queenston Bridge and the Bridge Street Bridge each span the distance between the cities of Niagara Falls, New York, USA and Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada: two totally different worlds. Across the Canadian border in New York State, the area beyond Niagara Falls is filled with the charm and beauty of small rural towns. A State Park and a large industrial area of Niagara Falls, New York border the American Falls.

In the City of Niagara Falls, Ontario (the Canadian side) can be found acre after acre of meticulously landscaped lawns and a profusion of colorful flower beds, all open at no charge to the public. There has been a tremendous building boom in recent years especially in the Oakes Drive and Fallsview area. Hotels have been constructed, existing facilities modernized, and emphasis placed on esthetically pleasing architecture that blends with the incredibly beautiful natural features. One street, Clifton Avenue, retains a carnival midway atmosphere, but there is a definite advantage to having all of the congestion and glitz confined to one minute area. Controlled and planned growth has prevented the proliferation of this type of attraction elsewhere.

Throughout the area, historical sites have been preserved. The Oakes mansion now serves as the headquarters of the Niagara Parks Commission, but its first floor remains as it was in the lifetime of philanthropist Sir Harry Oakes. Fort Erie has been restored and welcomes visitors to reenactments of military life in the early 19th century.

The Niagara Parks Commission operates a School of Horticulture on the grounds of its Botanical Gardens. Established in 1936, this is one of the few residential schools for apprentice gardeners. A greenhouse that is second to none is open year round with free admission and outstanding floral exhibits that change with the seasons. A family oriented vacation destination, Niagara Falls Ontario offers hundreds of acres of parks with broad lawns and shade trees; free boat launching areas; covered pavilions with picnic tables along the Niagara Parkway.

A recreation trail runs parallel to the Niagara River from Lake Erie ( site of Historic Fort Erie) in the south, to Lake Ontario (Fort George) and Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. This popular trail is used for jogging, biking, and walking, and has historic interpretative plaques placed along its length. The Falls are illuminated year round as an international project. The beautiful display of the various colors lighting the Falls is viewed nightly by many visitors. Friday night fireworks at the Falls are also a favorite.

Casino Niagara has become popular with thousands. Its attractive interior, excellent restaurants and interesting shops, combined with a wide variety of games of chance and a comedy club, have attracted patrons from the United States, Canada, and from other countries as well. June, 2004 marked the eagerly anticipated opening of a second casino in the Fallsview area. Named Niagara Fallsview, the casino is part of a luxury Resort complex which is lavishly appointed. The huge entry courtyard features three bridges to the front door, representing the three local bridges connecting Canada with the United States. An extensive Galleria showcases a street-long expanse of exclusive boutiques. The casino portion of Niagara Fallsview spans 200,000 square feet on one floor. A 1500 seat theater adjoins the gaming area, where top name entertainment is scheduled throughout the year.

The city’s musical offerings span the tastes of a broad spectrum of visitors. The Hard Rock Café is usually filled to capacity with guests who enter along the “sidewalk of the stars” in which one finds personalized paving stones from many well known stage and screen personalities. Niagara Concerts offers world class ballet, instrumental concerts, and symphony.

Niagara-on-the Lake is a delightfully picturesque town of 13,000 at the northern end of the Falls, on the shores of Lake Ontario. It is graced with lovely 19th century homes set in beautiful gardens. There are many shops and boutiques to delight the visitor. The town has three theaters and is especially famous for its annual George Bernard Shaw festival. Vineyards and wine tasting tours are another popular attraction.

The Niagara Falls area is known for both winter and summer sports. Golf, hockey, skiing, fishing and boating are among these. Experience the magic of the Niagara region soon. It is an unforgettable travel destination: home of the famous Falls, and so much more!

B- City Information:
Population:
76,900

Elevation:
571 ft.

Time Zone:
Eastern Standard Time (Daylight saving April-October)

Emergency:
9-1-1
Parks Police (905)356-1338
Regional Police (905)688-4111
Hospital.(905)358-0171
Fire (905)356-1321
Weather (905) 688-1847

Average Temperatures (in Fahrenheit):
High Low
January – March 37 16
April – June 73 34
July – September 79 52
October – December 55 21

The coldest months in Niagara Falls are November through March. Snowfall is abundant during the winter months. April and October are brisk. However, the moisture that evaporates from the lakes tends to inhibit cloud formation in the summer and to moderate air temperature in the winter, thus producing a remarkably temperate climate. Niagara is usually warmer in the winter than the surrounding portions of North America and has more days of sunshine than many traditional “sunbelt” cities. Even though June, July and August have higher temperatures, the Falls create a special situation because of the spray and mist that surround them. It is wise to be prepared with a rain jacket and a change of dry clothing in order to experience the full beauty (up close) of the Falls. There are events occurring during all seasons that blend with the weather, so every season is enjoyable as long as adequate clothing is packed.

Public Holidays:
Jan. 1 – New Year’s Day
March or April(varies) – Good Friday
March or April(varies) – Easter Monday
May (Third Monday) – Victoria Day
July 1 – Canada Day
August (First Monday) – Civic Holiday
September (1st Monday) – Labor Day
October (1st Monday) – Thanksgiving Day
November 11 – Remembrance Day
December 25 – Christmas Day
December 26 – Boxing Day

Government:
Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II is the Queen of Canada and Canada’s head of State. This means that the Queen is the formal head of Canada. The Governor General is the Queen’s representative in Canada. The Queen is also represented in each province by a Lieutenant Governor and by a Commissioner in the territories.

Useful Conversions of weights and measures
1 hectare – 2.471 acres
1 inch – 2.54 cm
1 ft. – 30.48 cm
1 oz. – 28.57 grams
1 lb. – 0.454 kg
1 cm – 0.39 inches
1 meter – 3.28 feet / 1.09 yards
1 km – 0.62 miles
1 liter – 0.26 US gallons
1 inch – 2.54 cm
1 foot – 0.39 meters
1 yard – 0.91 meters
1 mile – 1.60 km
1kg – 2.2lb
1 gallon – 3.78 liters

Currency:
The Canadian currency is in dollars. There are one dollar coins (called “loonies” because of the loon depicted on the gold colored coin); two dollar coins with a gold colored center and silver border ( called “toonies” because they are equal to 2 loonies); dime; nickel and penny. The paper currency comes in denominations of $5; $10; $20; $50; $100. Exchange rates vary widely depending on where money is exchanged. Banks and casinos give the best rate. The easiest method of securing cash at the best exchange rate is to make withdrawals using a US credit card from the ATM machines found at major banks and stores. As in the US, some banks charge a fee and a transaction tax, so check with the banks to find the best value. Save remaining Canadian dollars for your next trip as the exchange rate to convert back into US money from Canadian is usually not favorable.

How to get around:
Four commercial airports serve the Niagara Falls area Buffalo International Airport in New York State is about 20 minutes away and is the closest. Shuttle service is provided for a fee. This can be arranged in advance through your hotel or call (716) 633-8294 or 800-551-9369. Niagara District Airport at Niagara on the Lake, Ontario, Canada (905)684-7447 Hamilton, Ontario Airport (45 min.) (905)679-4151 Toronto, Ontario Lester B. Pearson Airport (2 hours) (905) 247-7678
Automobiles in the City:
It is not necessary to have an automobile in Niagara Falls, Ontario as the public transportation system is excellent. The streets in the city are congested in the summer and parking is sometimes difficult to find. However, a car is a necessity if one wishes to travel outside the city into the surrounding area. The best solution is to park the car upon arrival and use public transportation thereafter, except when traveling outside the area.

Buses:
Bus service within the city is excellent. Niagara Transit buses have regular routes through all sections of the city. Exact change is required. Telephone (905) 356-1179.

People Movers:
These special buses allow travel all day along the 30 kilometer (19 mile) loop containing the Falls related attractions for one low fee. The People Movers stop continuously at various Niagara Park Commission attractions along the way. The People Mover system has alleviated a chronic traffic congestion problem in the Park. It operates from mid May to mid October. All day parking at the People Mover terminal is available for a daily fee. Parkers receive a free all day People Mover pass for each occupant of the vehicle. (905) 357-9340

Railway:
The main Canadian rail system, Via Rail, provides service to all parts of Canada as well as to Buffalo, NY and Windsor (opposite Detroit, Michigan). The station is on Bridge Street. (905) 357-1644.

Automobile:
Studded tires are illegal in Canada as are heavily tinted side windows or windshields. An insurance card extending your policy coverage for driving in Canada can be obtained from your US insurance agent at no charge. It is imperative to carry this with you in Canada.

Taxis:
Niagara Falls taxis operate on meters. There is an extra charge for additional passengers and for luggage. The standard tip is 10%. Shuttles: All of the major hotels provide a shuttle service (free or for a low cost) to Casino Niagara and Fallsview Casino. Shuttles also include a stop at the Falls. Shuttles run every 30 minutes all day and into the night.

Customs Regulations:
A passport is not required for US citizens entering Canada, but it is still the best form of identification. Proof of citizenship is required. Legal custody documents are also required for each child being transported. Non custodial parents (grandparents, etc.) are required to have with them a notarized letter of consent signed by the child’s custodial parent. Pets being transported must be accompanied by proof of licensure (paperwork, not just the tag on the collar) and proof of all vaccinations and inoculations. Possession of radar detectors is illegal in the province of Ontario. Telephone Tourist information from the US or Canada at 1-800-668-2746 for more information or contact Canada Customs (905)354-6043.

Fishing and Hunting Regulations:
(416) 314-2000

Email retrieval:
Many hotels have dedicated telephone outlets in the rooms for internet access. Check with the hotel.

Electricity:
Adapters not required for US appliances.

Visitors with disabilities:
Canadian Paraplegic Association National Office provides information about accessibility in Canada. (613) 723-1033.

C- Attractions/Things To Do:
Note: Niagara Parks Commission offers the Discovery Pass. Children under 5 are free. This pass allows admission to: Journey Behind the Falls; The Butterfly Conservatory; Niagara Spanish Aero Car; Great Gorge Adventure; Mackenzie heritage Printery; Fort Erie; Laura Secord House; McFarland House and all day transportation on the People Mover Bus system. Available at park information booth and at all of the above attractions.

Attractions at the Falls and in the surrounding park area:

Oakes Hall

Sir Harry Oakes, the mining millionaire, bought this estate on the Niagara Parkway on July 15, 1924. He hired the architectural firm of Findlay and Foulis, the same architects who designed the new Table Rock House, to design the 37 room Tudor style baronial edifice that is present day Oak Hall. The reconstruction took four years and in 1928 the Oakes family moved in. The Oakes family lived in Oak Hall for six years until Harry Oakes, annoyed by the inroads that taxes were making on his income, wound up his affairs in Canada and moved his family to England. In 1935 he moved to Nassau in the Bahamas and it was while he was living there in 1939, that he was created a baronet by King George VI and became Sir Harry Oakes. On July 8, 1943 he died tragically in the Bahamas.

In 1943 Lady Eunice Oakes, Sir Harry’s widow, deeded Oak Hall to the Government of Canada to be used as a convalescent hospital for the Royal Canadian Air Force. When there was no longer a need for convalescent facilities, the Federal Government deeded it back to Lady Oakes in 1952. The Niagara Parks Commission purchased the estate on May 25, 1959. For the next few years the building was used only for public displays put on by the Niagara District Art Association. In 1964 the Commission furnished several rooms on the ground floor, with furniture which Sir Harry Oakes had purchased from the estate of Dr. Harry Y. Grant. Three of the Oak Hall Administration Building rooms found on the first floor are open to the public. They can be viewed Monday to Friday from 8:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with the exception of those times when meetings are taking place. Arrangements for special tours of the building are handled by the Communications Department.

Niagara Parks
7400 Portage Road
People Mover Stop 11, 14
(905)356-2241
Visitors may also book a guided half hour tour with a Nature Interpreter for a fee of $3.00 per person. For Booking Call 1-877-NIA-Park or locally 371-0254. Daily dawn – dusk year round. Parking and admittance to the grounds are free.

Botanical Gardens
The gardens are located 9 kilometers (6 miles) north of the Niagara Parkway from the Canadian Horseshoe Falls. Established in 1936, it is the only residential school for training horticultural students in Canada. One hundred acres of immaculately maintained gardens provide a visual feast for over 1 million visitors annually. Several hundred students have created, over a 60 year period, one of North America’s most outstanding landscapes and botanical collections. The Gardens are open to visitors for a self guided tour of the Plant World which includes an herb garden, a vegetable garden, a rock garden and arboretum, containing one of Canada’s finest collections of ornamental trees and shrubs.

Butterfly Conservatory
5 miles north of the Horseshoe falls in Botanical Gardens. A popular attraction opened at the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens. 2,000 free-flying butterflies in a rainforest setting can be seen at various points along the network of paths that include exotic greenery, plants and a 20-foot waterfall. The Conservatory is open daily from 9:00 am to dusk (Except Christmas Day). Admission Free.

Niagara Parks Commission Greenhouses
905-356-7944
Daily 9am – 10pm may 3-Labor Day. 9-6 until mid October and then 9-5 rest of the year.
Admission Free.

Greenhouse
Located just above the Canadian Horseshoe Falls, this attraction was constructed by the Niagara Parks Commission in 1945. The addition of a reception centre/display house in 1980, complete with a retail store and improved washrooms, was added to the original 11,000 sq. ft. conservatory. All the spring and summer outdoor bedding plants for the parks system are produced at this facility. A circular design with a stunning statue/fountain in the hub features twenty varieties of floribunda roses in ring shaped beds. A garden for the visually impaired was constructed in 1985 in co-operation with the Canadian National Institute for The Blind. Several of the plants are labeled in braille.

Great Gorge Adventure
4330 River Road, 3 km from Horseshoe Falls
People Mover Stop 7,17
(905)374-1221
Seasonal – Approximately late April to Late October from 9am
Admission charged. 5 Years and Under Free
Visitors descend by elevator and follow a tunnel to the very edge of the Niagara River rapids and view the strata that formed in the gorge created by the awesome power of the falls over 12,000 years ago. For thousands of years the waters of Niagara have cut and deepened this narrow gorge. Observation decks and walkways offer opportunities to view the falls at the narrowest part of the Niagara River.

Niagara Spanish Aero Car at the Whirlpool
Location: Located 4.5 km.(3 miles)down-river from the Falls
at People Mover stops #8 & #16.
(905)354-5711
Please Call For Hours of Operation
Admission charged
One of the best ways to see Niagara’s fascinating Whirlpool is from high overhead – aboard the world famous Niagara Spanish Aero Car. Located 4.5 kilometers (3 miles) North of the Falls, suspended from sturdy cables, the Niagara Spanish Aero Car offers a wonderful view. Have your camera ready to capture some unique photos both upstream and downstream. Named after the Spanish engineer who designed and built it, Leonardo Torres Quevedo, the Aero Car has been operating since 1916. Riders can see the rapids, the Whirlpool, the Gorge, the hydroelectric plants down the river, as the aerial car travels safely between two different points on the Canadian shore of the Niagara River over the spectacular whirlpool. This round trip is slightly more than 1 kilometer (3,600 feet) and takes about 10 minutes. All times subject to weather conditions.

Niagara Glen Nature Areas
(1-877-642-7275)
People Mover Stop 10
1 kilometer (1/2 mile) north from the Whirlpool Golf Course on the Niagara Parkway, Niagara Falls, Canada.
>From late April to November, a Park Naturalist conducts guided nature walks through the Glen. Meet at Feather in the Glen for your guided tour. This peaceful retreat boasts nature trails, a specialty nature boutique, and a picnic area. Those who stop here and are prepared to do some hiking down the Gorge to the shore of the River will be well rewarded. The 4 kilometers (2 1/2 miles) of trails are well laid out and easily negotiated – if you take your time! There’s lots of interesting geology and biology to explore. The Glen is a unique spot of beauty to the visitor.

Queenston Heights Park
7 miles north of the Horseshoe Falls
People Mover Stop 12
Daily 9-dusk
Admission free.
Commemorates one of the crucial battles of the War of 1812. A small force of British regulars, militia and native Americans under General Sir Issac Brock turned back a larger American invasion force in a major victory. A 210 foot monument honors Brock who was killed in the battle. This popular recreation area offers tennis, hiking, picnic grounds, a children’s playground and Sunday afternoon band concerts June-August. The scenery is breathtaking. A broad sweeping view of the countryside can be seen from the top of the Niagara Escarpment on which the park is located and which has been recognized as a world biosphere by UNESCO. Queenston Heights is the eastern terminus of the Bruce Trail and of the Niagara River Recreational Trail which runs from Fort Erie to Niagara on the Lake. Parks Canada oversees the operation of Brock’s Monument offers a walking tour of the historic sites associated with the battleground.

Floral Clock
6 miles north on River Road at the Sir Adam Beck – Niagara Generating Station
People Mover Stop 13
One of the most frequently visited horticultural exhibits is the Floral Clock. Originally built by Ontario Hydro in 1950, this site features a floral design with upwards of 19,000 carpet bedding plants that bloom from early spring to the first frost. Alternanthera are used along with the green and grey forms of Santolina Sage. California Golden Privet provides contrast, as does Blue Festuca Grass. The design is changed each year. The grounds surrounding the clock feature bedding displays. The clock is 40 feet in diameter! Westminster chimes ring every 15 minutes.

Centennial Lilac Garden
In commemoration of Canada’s Centennial Year, the American Rotary Clubs of District 709 contributed funds towards the development of a Centennial Lilac Garden. Located on a ten acre site between the Floral Clock and the Lewiston- Queenston Bridge, this collection contains over 1,200 plants with over 200 different varieties. Anticipated time of bloom in the latter part of May each year.

Oaks Garden Theatre
At Rainbow Bridge
People Mover Stop 6,18
Originally constructed in 1936, Oaks Garden Theatre was built in the form of an amphitheater. By capitalizing on the contours of the landscape, a fan shaped curved structure was designed. Rock gardens, lily ponds, and shrub borders have all been built around formalized gardens. Queenston limestone was used around the perimeter of the property. Ornamental iron gates were incorporated into the design for aesthetic and functional purposes. The site plays host to numerous concerts throughout the year.

Queen Victoria Park
People Mover Stop 4,20
This lovely park is literally the “heart” of The Niagara Parks Commission. Bounded by the escarpment, the Niagara Gorge, and the Niagara River, it features a collection of unique native and international plants from around the world. The park also displays a major rock garden, a Hybrid T rose garden, and two attractive carpet bedding displays. Numerous park benches and beautiful lawns provide a pleasant opportunity for relaxation for the weary traveler. Landscape illumination is an integral part of the park environment, as is the illumination of the Falls. Queen Victoria Park celebrates the seasons in style. Every spring, 500,000 daffodils herald its arrival along with magnolias, tulips and many others. Summer features carpet bedding displays as well as thousands of bedding plants throughout the park including fuchsia, Lantana standards, cannas, coleus, and many other plants. Chrysanthemums and kale have been used in the fall to extend the season and to provide interest after the first frost. During the winter months, the stark branches of trees and shrubs create visual and spatial interest, especially when coated with ice from the freezing mist of the Falls.

Journey Behind the Falls
People Mover Stop 3,21
Queen Victoria Park
(905)354-1551
Please Call For Hours of Operation
Open Year Round
Admission charged.

Ride Niagara
5755 River Road
Located directly under the Rainbow Bridge
(905)374-7433
Experience one of Niagara’s most exciting adventure ride. Challenge the rapids and feel the thundering power of Niagara Falls. A truly unique and simulating voyage that will keep you at the edge of your seat. Fun the whole family will enjoy!

Marineland
8375 Stanley Avenue
Falls Shuttle bus stop.
(905)356-9565
Fax 905-356-6305
May 22-October 28
Marine shows every hour in season.
Rates vary by season.
Features include an interactive killer whale habitat, also sea lion, dolphin and killer whale shows. Unique rides such as Dragon Mountain, the world’s largest steel roller coaster are also popular. There is a deer petting park. Also see elk, buffalo, bears and other wildlife displays. More Info

Attractions on Clifton Hill and Lundy’s Lane

Lundy’s Lane Historical Museum
5810 Ferry Street
(905)358-5082
Open year round. 9-4 in season; noon – 4 thereafter.
Small admission fee charged.
Occupies the former Stanford Town Hall, a two story cut stone building built in 1874on the site of the Battle of Lundy’s Lane which took place during the War of 1812. The museum features artifacts that relate to the battle. there is also an exhibit of early prints of Niagara Falls which gives a history of the area. Another exhibit features children’s clothing, toys and souvenir china.

Niagara Falls Museum and Daredevil Hall of Fame
5651 River Road at Rainbow Bridge
(905)356-2151
(716)285-4898
Open year round. 9am-11pm summer; 10-5 thereafter.
Admission charged.
Over 700,000 artifacts including a famous Egyptian mummy collection featured on National Geographic Explorer in 1994. Daredevil Hall of Fame contains memorabilia of those who have risked it all for the fame of riding over the Falls.

Criminals Hall of Fame Wax Museum
5751 Victoria Avenue
(905)374-3011
Admission charged.
Revisit the Old West, the Roaring 20’s and modern day crime scenes. Life size wax replicas of famous, and infamous, criminals are on display, right from the pages of history!

Guinness World of Records Museum
4943 Clifton Hill
(905)356-2299
Open 365 days a year.
Admission charged.
See evidence of record setting events that have made individuals world famous. Gift shop and memorabilia available.

Louis Tussaud’s Waxworks
4915 Clifton Hill
(905)374-6601
Admission charged.
Louis Tussaud, great grandson of Madame Marie Tussaud,(world famous for her Wax figures exhibited in London, England), presents the history of both museums and also displays showing how wax figures are made. After viewing the famous figures that populate the premises, the visitor is invited to create a wax impression of his or her own hand to take along as a souvenir.

Mildred Mahoney Silver Jubilee Dolls’ House Gallery
657 Niagara Blvd.
Fort Erie (near the Peace Bridge – call for directions)
(905)871-5833
Daily 10-4 (in season)
Admission charged.
The 140 doll houses displayed date from 1780-1980. Included are rare masterpieces from around the world. One of the most striking is a five story English manor house complete with servants quarters, nursery, sewing room and both gentlemen’s and ladies’ drawing rooms. Another treasure is the Japanese Palace, displayed with a complete collection of Hina Matsuri Festival dolls. The collection is displayed in one of Fort Erie’s historic landmarks: Bertie Hall, built in 1832. The mansion was part of the “underground railroad” network through which slaves were smuggled to freedom in Canada.

Planet Hollywood
Located next to Casino Niagara
4608 Bender Street
(905)358-3061
Inspired by film and television, and designed to capture the excitement and glamour of Hollywood, this restaurant is filled with rare movie memorabilia.

Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! Museum
4960 Clifton Hill
(905)356-2238
Daily 9am – 1am in season.
Admission charged.
Displays unusual items. More than 350 exhibits in nine galleries.

Ripley’s Moving Theatre
4983 Clifton Hill
(905)356-2261
9am – 1am in season.
Admission charged.
Offers a ten minute virtual reality movie experience in a motion simulator.

Rock Legends Wax Museum
5020 Centre Street
(905)354-6255
Admission charged.
Life size wax figures of rock and roll stars from the early years up to the present day are presented here. Take a tour through rock ‘n’ roll history in sight and sound. The British invasion, Motown, Woodstock, the Punk Explosion, Heavy Metal, the Blues, Pop, Alternative are all represented.

Casino Niagara
Directly across from the Rainbow Bridge
5705 Falls Avenue
(905)374-3598
(888)946-3255
10,000 square feet with thousands of slots, all table games, dining, lounges, poker room, and sports betting and viewing. A Yuk Yuks Standup Comedy Club is a recent addition to this venue. Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. “World class gaming in a world class setting.” Smoke-free facility. Outdoor patio for smoking. Visitors must be at least 19 years of age to enter the Casino.

Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort
6400 Fallsview Blvd.
Lavish resort with 30 story, 368 room Hyatt Regency hotel, 50,000 square feet of meeting space, including a 30,000 square foot exhibition hall; a 1500 seat performing arts center; 225,000 sq. foot Galleria of Shops and restaurants; 10 dining facilities; a 3,000 car parking garage; and a 200,000 sq. foot gaming area. 3,000 slot machines and 150 tables. Entire facility is smoke-free. Outdoor patio smoking area. Visitors to the casino must be at least 19 years of age.
Niagara Falls Golf Club
6169 Garner Road
(one block south of Lundy’s Lane)
(905)354-4916
Outdoor heated driving range. Golf and carts year round (weather permitting). A challenging, yet enjoyable, test for all levels of golfers. 18 hole, par 72 course. The 17th hole has been rated the third best hole in the Niagara Peninsula. It is a winding 500 yard par 5 with a large pond in front. The 14th hole is 400 yards with two large bunkers strategically placed “pinching” the tee shot landing area. The entrance to the green is tight as well, with mature trees on both sides and a pond on the left. Five minutes from the Casino; shuttle service provided.

Niagara Helicopters
3731 Victoria Avenue
(905)357-5672
Year round 9am – sunset weather permitting. Closed Christmas Day.
Call for rates.
Nine minute in the air tour in helicopters with a seating capacity of 6. Many spectacular photos of the area have been taken in this way by visitors and local residents.

Niagara Steamship Company
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON
Located at the Navy Hall Dock just behind Old Fort George.
(905)468-8343
1-888-250-4572
Call for fares and schedules.
Cruise back 100 years to the days of steam on the “SS Pumper,” America’s only wood fired steam tour boat. Hourly steam boat tours. More Info

Minolta Tower Centre
6732 Oakes Drive
1-800-461-2492
(905)356-1501
Perfect nightly view of the Falls illumination (and Friday evening fireworks). Dining levels and observation level. Admission charged at observation level.

Rossi Artistic Glass
5400 Robinson Street
(behind the Skylon Tower)
(905)371-3338
Venetian glass hand blown by master glass blower Angelo Rossi. Watch as Maestro Rossi fashions intricate works of art.

Skylon Tower
5200 Robinson Street
905)356-2651
Daily 8 am-midnight in season
Admission charged.
Three levels include two dining areas and an indoor/outdoor observation deck, all with spectacular views of the area. The tower is 525 feet high.

Niagara Falls Imax Theater
6170 Buchanan Avenue (next to the Skylon Tower)
905-374-4629
Fax 905-358-3613
See the history of the Falls, Niagara: Miracles, Myths and Magic, on the giant Imax screen (10 times the size of regular movie theater screens) and a video filmed from inside a barrel as one daredevil went over the Falls.

Attractions in the suburbs:

Kurtz Orchards Country Market & Orchard Tours
16006 Niagara Parkway
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON
L0S 1J0
(905)468-2937

Whirlpool Jet
Niagara on the Lake
905-468-4800
Fax 905-468-7004
Piloted by licensed captains, these powerful jetboats convey guests on a unique 18 mile tour of the Niagara River. Departing Niagara-on-the-Lake each trip is accompanied by a trip leader who informs and entertains passengers as boats speed upriver into the natural Gorge. Here, the 175 foot high stone walls off the canyon narrow and the current begins to accelerate! The excitement builds and the thrills multiply as the jetboats enter Devil’s Hole Rapids and the Famous Whirlpool! Trips go rain or shine! Bring along a change of clothes if possible. The minimum age for the trip is 6 years. The trip is handicap and wheel chair accessible.

Historic Fort Erie
Fort Erie, ON
(905)871-0540
Admission charged. 5 Years and Under free
The history of the fort and a reenactment of its military history are offered. The Fort is located on the 400 million year old sediments of the Onondaga Escarpment which later became Lake Erie. The shores of the lake contained an ample supply of flint which was important to the nomadic people who originally lived on its shores. The rocky ledges provided material also for their tools and weapons. Conch shells from Florida, obsidian points from the Rocky Mountains and native copper from Lake Ontario are among the artifacts found here, indicating that this was a major trading crossroads for the continent. In 1750 French settlers established a fur trading post here. In 1764, after the ceding of new France to Britain, the British built their first fort here. This and a second fort were destroyed by ice. The third fort was blown up by US forces during the War of 1812. In 1939 the restored fort was opened to the public on Dominion Day. The Niagara Parks Commission now operates the fort and places great emphasis on education. As visitors cross the drawbridge they are shown through the rooms by guards dressed in the uniforms of the 8th regiment as they would have appeared in 1812. During the summer, visitors are invited to watch drills and maneuvers including the firing of a cannon.

Welland Canal Viewing Centre
1932 Government Road
St. Catharines, ON (15 minutes from Niagara Falls)
(905)984-8880
May-December 11am-11pm
Admission charged.
The Welland Canal was built to bypass the Falls. Ships from all around the world can now sail into the upper Great Lakes and goods can be shipped to world markets. Eight locks provide a 99-m (326 foot) lift between Lake Erie and Ontario. The St. Catharine’s Museum gives the history of the Welland Canal and demonstrates how the locks were built and their operation. A special exhibits gallery hosts children’s programs. The first Welland Canal was completed in 1829. In the Discovery Room children are guided in an exploration of items from the 19th century. They interact with a telephone switchboard, try on pioneer clothing, etc. The Welland Canal is the passageway through which ships travel between two enormous inland lakes, which are part of the Great Lakes system: Lake Erie and Lake Ontario. The canal is 27 miles long and takes 12 hours to navigate through its entire length, including time for the raising and lowering of locks.

Attractions in Nearby New York State

Old Fort Niagara
Cross Rainbow Bridge and take Robert Moses parkway North.
Youngstown, NY
(716)745-7611
General Admission
Admission charged.
Children under 6 admitted free
Open at 9:00 a.m. daily year round
The site of historic battles,trading and conquest, Old Fort Niagara is a place where the past lives on. Preserved as they stood in the 1700’s when France and Britain controlled the whole Niagara region, the fort’s structure includes the oldest building in the Great Lakes. There are many buildings and fortifications to explore; fascinating exhibits and displays; musket demonstrations and living history programs.

Aquarium of Niagara
701 Whirlpool Street
Niagara Falls, New York
(716)285-3575
Open year round at 9am daily
5 minutes from the Falls
Follow signs to 701 Whirlpool Street
Discover living fossil fish that date back 200 million years; encounter endangered Peruvian penguins; explore the largest collection of Great Lakes fish anywhere! Enjoy sea lion demonstrations.

D- Family Fun Attractions:
Dazzeland Family Fun Centre
Clifton Hill
Niagara Falls, ON
L2E 6S8
(905)358-3293

Marineland
8375 Stanley Avenue
Falls Shuttle bus stop.
(905)356-9565
Fax 905-356-6305
May 22-October 28
marine shows every hour in season.
Rates vary by season.
Features include an interactive killer whale habitat, also sea lion, dolphin and killer whale shows. Unique rides such as Dragon Mountain, the world’s largest steel roller coaster are also popular. There is a deer petting park. Also see elk, buffalo, bears and other wildlife displays.

Niagara Go Karts and Mini-Putt
Near Niagara Square shopping Mall
(QEW Highway at McLeod Road exit)
3 miles from center city
Admission charged.
50 Go Karts (different styles and speeds depending on age of child); picnic facilities; 18 holes of mini-putt golf played on a bright and cheerful course decorated with life size plastic replicas of zoo animals. Great for birthday parties and family outings.

Dinosaur Park Miniature Golf
Clifton Hill (near Imax)
(905)358-3293
18 holes of miniature golf on Clifton Hill right in the heart of the city in a park decorated with replicas of dinosaurs that children love.

Aquarium of Niagara
701 Whirlpool Street
Niagara Falls, New York
(716)285-3575
Open year round at 9am daily
5 minutes from the Falls
Follow signs to 701 Whirlpool Street
Discover living fossil fish that date back 200 million years; encounter endangered Peruvian penguins; explore the largest collection of Great Lakes fish anywhere! Enjoy sea lion demonstrations.

E- Events & Entertainment:
Events

June

Annual Niagara Flower and Garden Show Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens
Together with Master Gardeners of Niagara. The Niagara Parks Commission School of Horticulture hosts a three-day garden extravaganza, entitled The Niagara Flower and Garden Show – “Visions from the Gardens”. Visitors will have the opportunity to hear first-rate speakers, see “hands-on” demonstrations, and buy garden-related items, plants and other “must have” from the over 100 vendors who will be in attendance. Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens. Visitors will be able to walk the paths and take in the beauty of the Rose Garden, the Annual Display Garden, The Vegetable Garden, the Herb Garden and the Arboretum. A highlight of the show will be a botanical and contemporary art show.
Contact: 905-356-2241

Fort Erie Celtic Festival Old Fort Erie
Formerly known as the Loch Sloy Highland Games, the Fort Erie Celtic Festival has returned to its roots in Old Fort Erie. The Celtic Festival features pipe bands, demonstrations of all forms of Celtic dancing, music, and athletic events. Traditional Celtic foods and merchants are on site.
Contact: 905-356-2241

Annual Cruise the Falls Niagara Falls, Ontario Canada
PT Cruisers from 35 States and Canada, and even from Kent England, drive an estimated 100,000 miles collectively, for a three day meet & greet/ show & shine. Events included fireworks over the falls Friday evening, a police escorted tour through Niagara Falls, the LARGE show on Saturday followed by a 500+ PT Cruiser cruise to a private BBQ down Niagara Falls Blvd, passing both the American and Canadian falls. Awards given for “PTs of DISCTINCTION”, “FURTHEST DRIVEN”, “BEST NEONS”, “BEST OF SHOW”. There is also a PT Cruiser Concept display by Daimler Chrysler Canada, as well as a free lunch. Email: pt_sean@cruisethefalls.com

July

1: City of Niagara Falls-Annual Canada Day Celebration Optimist Park, Morrison St. & Dorchester Rd. Niagara Falls, ON
FREE ADMISSION, Parade begins at 11:00 a.m. from the Delta Bingo Hall on Drummond Rd. to Optimist Park on Morrison St. across the street from Zehrs Supermarket. 3 stages of entertainment for everyone; The Crowning of Miss Niagara, Lumberjack Show, The Annual Rod and Classic Car Show and much, much more!! ENTERTAINMENT, FOOD AND FESTIVITIES GALORE (11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.)
Contact: Vito Scaringi, Community Development Coordinator, City of Niagara Falls, Parks, Recreation & Culture 905-356-7521 Ext. 4326

Battle of Lundy`s Lane and Chippawa (Centennial Event) Don Johnson Park, Spring Street, Niagara Falls, Ontario
Come witness the Battles that decided the fate of a Nation and forged the destiny of two Countries. See period camps, merchants, artisans, and battle re-enactments. Hourly tours of Drummond Hill Cemetary, tour the Lundy`s Lane Historical Museum, the Battle Ground Hotel Museum and much more!
Contact: Lundy`s Lane Historical Museum at Phone: (905) 358-5082

August

Annual Niagara Bigga Tomatafest
The main Sunday Family Day event includes entertainment at the Queenston Heights Band Shell, a food Fair in the two Pavilions- a bocce tournament in the Park- children`s activities with inflatable air bounce rides- ballons and games- special interest groups such as the Niagara Nutritionists Healthy Living Programs- Master Gardeners of Niagara- a prize wheel- a giant tomato weight-off competitiion- and the highly celebrated tomato stomping contest.
Contact: Carol Stewart-Kirkby at the Niagara Falls United Way Office

September

Annual Blues in the Park Fireman`s Park, Mountain Rd, Niagara Falls
An outdoor blues festival where all profits go towards the many charities of the Stamford Centre Volunteer Firemans Association. Children under 12 years of age are free. Runs Friday 5:00pm to 11:00pm and Saturday 3:00pm to 11:00pm. Discounts available for tickets purchased in advance.
Contact: 905-658-8219
Email: info@bluesinthepark.con

Niagara Wine & Food Classic Queen Victoria Park, Niagara Falls ON
Join us in Niagara for a spectacular wine and culinary event held during the autumn wine harvest. Your luxurious weekend registration includes premium Grand Tasting receptions, food and wine pairing events, celebrity chef cooking demonstrations and a passport tour of the Niagara Wine Route…all set against the breathtaking backdrop of Niagara Falls. To request a complimentary information and registration kit for the next Niagara Wine and Food Classic, please call Niagara Falls Tourism at 1-800-563-2557 (1-800-56FALLS)
Contact: 1-800-563-2557 or 905-356-6061 Fax: 905-356-5567

October

Art by the Falls -Annual Falls Festival Art & Craft Show Optimist Hall & Park, Morrison St. & Dorchester Rd, Niagara Falls Ontario
Over 100 juried designers and craftspeople from across Ontario participate in this two day event. Entertainment for both children & adults. Time: 10:00am to 5:00pm Admission Price: $3.00
Contact: Cathy Henderson 905-227-7248

Casino Niagara International Marathon Buffalo N.Y. , Niagara Falls On.
Starting in Buffalo N.Y. the marathon runs for five miles in the USA before crossing the Peace Bridge to the Historic town of Fort Erie, then heads north on the beautiful Niagara River Parkway to finish at the magnificent Niagara Falls.
Contact: Jim Ralston, Race Director 905-356-9460

December

Annual `Festival of Lights` Cheerleading Championship Niagara Falls Memorial Arena, 5145 Centre Street, Niagara Falls, Ontario
Friday from 6:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Times are subject to change. Contact: Nick Nero, 24 Grove Street , Welland, Ontario L3B 4B4 at 1-905-734-9518 (905-734-3444 Fax)

Art by the Falls Annual Christmas Art & Craft Show Optimist Hall, Dorchester and Morrison Street in Niagara Falls, Ontario
Juried designers and craftspeople from across Ontario participate in this two day event – last minute Christmas shopping at its best! Admission price: $2, Seniors & Students over 12: $2, Wheelchair access and washrooms. 10am – 4pm
Contact: Cathy Henderson 905-227-7248 or fax 905-227-8037
Email:

Ice Festival Niagara/Niagara Falls Ice Festival City of Niagara Falls & Niagara, Stage at Holiday Inn
Ice and Snow carvings on display at the Holiday Inn by the Falls. Also, we invite the community to participate with their children and friends of all ages to make their own snowman to win prizes. Enter at Website or by mail. Admission: $Free Prizes
Contact: 905-371-2718

New Years Eve in the Park
Welcome in the New Year 2005 with the Winter Festival of Lights New Year`s Eve Outdoor Concert Extravaganza in Queen Victoria Park!!
Contact: 1-800-563-2557 or 905-374-1616

Several major horticultural floral displays occur throughout the year, including:

Spring Show
Mid January to Easter. Primula, Calceolaria, Cyclamen, Cineraria, Schizanthus, Forced bulbs and Shrubs.

Easter Display
Easter Weekend, lasting 2-3 weeks. Easter lilies, Forced Spring bulbs, Schizanthus.

Hydrangea Show

May. Hydrangeas, Delphiniums, Digitalis

Regal Geranium Show

June. Regal Geraniums, Fuchsia, Caladiums

Summer Show
July to Mid September. Geraniums, Coleus, Mixed Annuals

Hiemalis Begonia Show

Mid September, October. Rieger Begonias, Coleus

Chrysanthemum Show

November. Cascade, Exhibition and Bush Chrysanthemums

Christmas Show
November. Poinsettias, Cyclamen, Azaleas, Christmas Cactus

All dates are approximate and include set-up times. For show completion dates please call the Greenhouse at:

(1-877-642-7275)

Toll Free in North America

Within the local calling area dial 371-0254

Fax: 1-905-356-8448